Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers Release New Online Single, Close Guantánamo, Prior to Release of Second Album

17.11.16

The cover for "Close Guantanamo" by The Four Fathers, designed by Brendan Horstead.Last week, the Close Guantánamo campaign that I co-founded with the US attorney Tom Wilner in January 2012 released a new promotional video for the Countdown to Close Guantánamo. This is an initiative launched at the start of the year to count down President Obama’s last year in office, in an effort to encourage him to fulfill the promise to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay that he made on his second day in office, a mission suddenly made all the more important last week, after Donald Trump won the Presidential Election, to the shock of the Democratic Party and of decent people everywhere. Today, President Obama has just 63 days left to get Guantánamo closed. To encourage him to fulfill his promise, please print off a “50 days to go” poster for November 30, take a photo with it, and send it to the Close Guantánamo campaign, with, if you like, a message for President Obama, and/or advice for Donald Trump.

The video (also on Facebook) featured photos of celebrities and concerned citizens across the US and around the world holding up posters reminding President Obama how many days he had left to close Guantánamo, and also featured “Close Guantánamo,” a song I wrote for my band The Four Fathers, which is available below, via our Bandcamp page, to listen to, and, if you wish to support the band, to buy as a download — for just £1 ($1.25). Drummer Brendan Horstead also deserves thanks for making the campaign video — and the cover of the single.

“Close Guantánamo” is the first release from The Four Fathers’ forthcoming second album, which will be released in 2017, featuring eight new songs of mine — ‘Riot’, and ‘London’, about the dangerous and unacceptable greed at the heart of our society, ‘Equal Rights and Justice for All’, about the importance of habeas corpus, three songs that could all, in various ways, be described as love songs (‘Dreamers’, ‘River Run Dry’ and ‘Tell Me Baby’), ‘Close Guantánamo’, and ‘How Much Is A Life Worth?’, my newest song, which we are recording this Saturday, and which focuses on how western leaders assess the value of — predominantly — white lives against others, discussed in the song via the deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, the current refugee crisis, which is unprecedented in its scale in most of our lives, and the relentless epidemic of young black men murdered by the US police, and the Black Lives Matter movement that has arisen in response to this terrible and unacceptable situation.

The album also features two songs by guitarist Richard Clare — ’She’s Back’, about Pussy Riot, and ‘When He Is Sane’, about mental health issues).

Do get in touch if you want to be kept informed of our releases and of our gigs — and please feel free to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter. Also get in touch if you want us to play a gig — at a venue, a party, a festival, a community festival or a political protest — and please note that we’re also interested in hearing from a record label interested in making our music available to a wider audience, and a dub producer interested in remixing our roots reggae songs.

Note: Please also feel free to check out our first album, ‘Love and War’, available on CD or as a download, and the ‘Fighting Injustice’ EP we released in July: a UK version featuring remixes of live favourites ‘Fighting Injustice’ and ‘Tory Bullshit Blues’ and our best-known song, ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’, written for the — successful — campaign to free the last British resident in Guantánamo, and a US version in which ‘Tory Bullshit Blues’ was reworked as ‘Neo-Liberal Bullshit Blues’, changing the mentions of Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Farage to Ronald Reagan and — topically — Donald Trump.

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose debut album ‘Love and War’ and EP ‘Fighting Injustice’ are available here to download or on CD via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative, launched in January 2016), the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison (finally freed on October 30, 2015), and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by the University of Chicago Press in the US, and available from Amazon, including a Kindle edition — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).

To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to Andy’s RSS feed — and he can also be found on Facebook (and here), Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. Also see the six-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, and The Complete Guantánamo Files, an ongoing, 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011. Also see the definitive Guantánamo habeas list, the full military commissions list, and the chronological list of all Andy’s articles.

Please also consider joining the Close Guantánamo campaign, and, if you appreciate Andy’s work, feel free to make a donation.

4 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Here’s my latest article, promoting my band The Four Fathers’ new online single, ‘Close Guantanamo,’ which was featured in the campaign video for the Close Guantanamo campaign and, specifically, the Countdown to Close Guantanamo initiative I launched at the start of the year, to remind President Obama how many days remain(ed) for him to fulfill the promise to close the prison that he made on his second day in office in January 2009. You can listen to the song – and, if you want to support us, buy it as a download for just £1 ($1.25): https://thefourfathers.bandcamp.com/track/close-guantanamo
    With Donald Trump as president-elect, it’s fair to say that the need to get Guantanamo closed before the end of the Obama presidency is more urgent than ever.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Excellent! NPR has described “Close Guantanamo” by The Four Fathers as “a new anthem.” Very happy with that! http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/11/14/502007304/trump-has-vowed-to-fill-guantanamo-with-some-bad-dudes-but-who

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Amy Phillips wrote:

    See? I told you, everyone!
    Andy Worthington of the The Four Fathers – is the (musical) voice of justice for the prisoners in Guantanamo!
    http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/11/14/502007304/trump-has-vowed-to-fill-guantanamo-with-some-bad-dudes-but-who

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Ha! Thanks, Amy!

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