This morning, Morello shared “Stand Up,” a new song he recorded with Shea Diamond, Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds and the Bloody Beatroots, which, lyrically, is a reflection of the diversity of people unifying against racism.
The tune was co-written by Morello, Reynolds, Diamond, the Bloody Beetroots, Justin Tranter and Eren Cannata.
“I grew up in the tiny lily-white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois. When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people,” Morello said in a statement. “It seems that the times, they are a’changin’. I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”
“When Tom reached out to work together with Shea Diamond and The Bloody Beetroots on this track I immediately went up into my room and wrote/sang the chorus and verse that day. This country certainly needs fixing, and I believe it will take people from all sides and colors to fix it,” Reynolds added.
Listen to the song here.