US progressive metal band Oceans Of Slumber unveil their rendition of Abel Meeropol’s “Strange Fruit”. The music video for the cover was filmed back in February in observation of Black History Month. Watch it below.
Originally a poem written by Jewish-American poet and songwriter Abel Meeropol in 1937, “Strange Fruit” is a protest against the lynching of black Americans and American racism as such. Two years later, the song was recorded by jazz singer Billie Holiday and has been covered by numerous artists since then, including Oceans Of Slumber.
Oceans of Slumber’s vocalist Cammie Gilbert says: “To overcome atrocity we must first acknowledge the crime. We must acknowledge that when actions go wrong they send a jagged line down the seam of history, corrupting our interactions, and marring our hearts. No one’s perspective can change the experience of another. No one’s modern resolve can undo the pain that was caused. History is challenging, history is frustrating, and history can be very depressing. But history provides us lessons for the present, and hopefully guidance for the future. It teaches us to combine our voices in the name of love, to strive against divisiveness becoming our nature, to uphold and help one another, so that never again does strange fruit hang from the poplar tree. Together we strive to perpetuate love by working together to unravel the hurt. Together we are strong, and together we can overcome anything.”
Furthermore, the band just finished the works on their new album. They say: “We’ve made something that expands Oceans’ sonic palette beyond anything we could’ve ever imagined. Something we can truly be proud of and the feedback has mirrored this over and over again. We are so excited to show this record to you. For you to hear what change has brought us.” So stay tuned for updates!