North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBT "bathroom bill" has been stirring up a lot of disappointment in America. The unfortunate bill of the state deems sheer inequality and discrimination against the LGBT community. Musicians included, the people of our country are doing all they can to stand up against this hateful law.
Animal Collective are handling this by releasing two live albums to raise money for an organization that is protesting the state's "HB2" law.
"We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance," the band wrote in a statement regarding the HB2 law. "That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination."
This past Monday, following their performance at Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, the band uploaded their live audio from a gig at Los Angeles' Ford Theatre, dating back to March 9. Additionally, they revealed an April 13 performance tape from The Ritz in Manchester, England.
A foreword included with the downloads explained that the show at Orange Peel held a table on behalf of Progress NC, an organization that is "dedicated to being hte voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government."
The band realizes that not everybody in NC is hateful, and instead of simply canceling their Painting With tour stop, they made the two live albums available in a in a "pay as you want" approach. All proceeds are being passed off to Progress NC.