JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell spoke to the Z93 radio station about his recently released single, "Pirate Punk Politician". The track, which he previously described as "a good old-fashioned protest song," will appear on his upcoming album, "Kind Heaven", due out June 7 via BMG.
Asked what exactly he is protesting with "Pirate Punk Politician", Farrell said (hear audio below): "Well, we're protesting autocracy. We're protesting strongmen that have come up around the world that are fascists and bigots and racists and ignorant of the state of the world and, in particular, the environment and the health of Mother Earth. We want to raise the consciousness of the voters around the world, just so that they understand that there is a way out of this tangled mess that we've gotten ourselves into. The world is getting so polluted and taken over by people that just think that they are above the law and can do whatever they want and they are just ripping off the people — they are ripping off the people that are the working class. That's what we're protesting against."
In a 2017 interview with Forbes, Farrell slammed President Donald Trump, saying that the billionaire real estate mogul "does not seem to really care about people that are outside of his immediate family or income bracket. I'm starting to make some money in my lifetime and I look at this guy who’s our president and I just see the way that he behaves towards people that are less fortunate and I think he's doing it all wrong. I think that when you make money, you have a moral obligation to give back to the people that need you. I try and figure out why he is the way he is, and you know what I conclude, he lacks certain degree of empathy because he grew up always surrounded and protected and he never had to fight and struggle. So he doesn't understand the feelings of those who have to fight and struggle to survive and for the children to survive. He's never had to go through that, so he has no empathy for it."
"Kind Heaven" will mark the first solo album release from the JANE'S ADDICTION and PORNO FOR PYROS frontman since 2001. Conceived by Farrell and produced by Tony Visconti, "Kind Heaven" features Taylor Hawkins (FOO FIGHTERS), Mike Garson (DAVID BOWIE), Matt Chamberlain (SOUNDGARDEN), Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION), Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Peter Distefano (PORNO FOR PYROS), Dhani Harrison, Elliot Easton (THE CARS), Joachim Garraud (DAVID GUETTA), and other notable star turns. Sonic highlights include orchestral scoring by Hollywood composer Harry Gregson Willams, striking duets with Etty Farrell, and a first-of-its-kind sound mix by IMN Creative to create an all-new music experience for fans.
After dissolving his post-punk band PSI COM in 1984, Farrell co-founded influential pioneers of the Los Angeles underground JANE'S ADDICTION, building a rabid fan base behind their legendary, high-energy shows. The band would go on to release the ground-breaking platinum-certified "Nothing's Shocking", two-times-platinum "Ritual De Lo Habitual", gold compilation "Kettle Whistle" and gold-certified "Strays", among their nine album releases.
Farrell subsequently became frontman and co-founder of PORNO FOR PYROS, whose eponymous debut album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, yielding the No. 1 single "Pets", and went on to be certified gold, with "Good God's Urge" following three years later. As a solo artist, Farrell released the compilation "Rev" in 1999, followed by his debut solo album "Song Yet To Be Sung" in 2001. Performing as SATELLITE PARTY, he released the album "Ultra Payloaded" in 2007. Farrell is the co-founder and organizer of Lollapalooza, the renowned global festival brand, as well as an environmentalist and human rights activist.
Farrell will kick off a North American tour in support of "Kind Heaven" on June 7 in New York City. The run wraps June 25 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.