Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra.
As part of its anti-violence campaign with The Body Electric fund
, Hurray for the Riff Raff
released an animated video for the fund's namesake song, a stunning take on the murder ballad taking aim at violence against women. The video for the Small Town Heroes
(ATO Records) song illustrates the case of Marissa Alexander
, a Florida woman prosecuted for aggravative assault after firing a "warning shot" when her husband threatened to kill her. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra
wrote in a statement her experience writing the song:
"The process of writing 'The Body Electric' was very powerful for me ... I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me. It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change...I hope to use our platform as a band to shine the spotlight on those organizations that do the work that can truly change our futures."
While the band puts together the "real" video for the song, the lyric video — illustrated by New Orleans artist Erin Wilson
— is below. Segarra told Rolling Stone
that the upcoming video, to be directed by Joshua Shoemaker, will involve a "local New Orleans music legend."
The band performs at 8 p.m. tonight at the This Is NOLA showcase
at the Joy Theater with the Deslondes
. The event is free with RSVP (now closed).