Just months after releasing their first new album in 12 years I was shocked to see that the Descendents are already back with more new music.  I’m not complaining.  Now that Milo is with the band full time I’m hoping that the band has a new album every other year.  Hopes and dreams.

So the new song is a single titled Who We Are and it is quite the political song that really talks about where our country is right now.  Let me see someone call Bill Stevenson a snowflake.  Go ahead.  I double dog dare you.

The Descendents have always been there for me…lyrically.

When my dad took off and never spent any time with me I always told myself, “I don’t want to grow up.  Cause if growing up means being like you then I don’t want to…be like you.”

When I was mocked for reading comics, skateboarding, and playing video games I always told myself, “I’m not a cool guy anymore, as if I ever was before………….I looked up one day and saw that it was up to me.  You can only a victim if you admit defeat.”

When I got put in the friend zone I listened to Milo sing, “I’m the one who wants you more than anything.  You don’t feel the same way you made it clear to me.  But I’ll stand my ground and maybe you’ll hear what I’m saying…”

And now that I’m an old man?  Now lyrics like this make me feel younger at heart: “Will I still kiss my girlfriend
and try to grab her ass?  Will I still hate the cops and have no class? Will all my grown up friends say they’ve see it all before? They say hey act your age and I’m immature. Will I do myself proud or only what’s allowed?”  That’s pretty much me (though I don’t really hate the cops…).

I can probably go on with tons and tons of Descendents lyrics that have mattered to me since the 80’s.  And now?  Now Who We Are is here…and while I don’t use this site as a forum for politics I will say that this song does speak to my current thoughts about our political spectrum.

The song starts off, “Woke up this morning to a different world.  They’re stomping on immigrants and groping girls.   There’s nothing American about us now a whole population driven underground.   But I still believe in our democracy.  Warts and all it’s still the land of the free.  So take it outside, shout it loud as you can.  Defend the rights of every woman and man.”

Further down the song Milo sings, “Cause I still believe in our democracy and equal rights for every race and creed.  So take it outside, shout it loud as you can.  We won’t let sexism or bigotry stand.”  Certainly the guy who sang the song Pervert has long grown up and realized that there’s no place for sexism in the world.  Proud of you guys.

I was even more proud to learn that all the proceeds made from the song will benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  That’s a hell of a thing.

So check out the song in the YouTube video above.  Check it out on Spotify.  But most important if you believe in what the lyrics are saying head on over to iTunes and smack down your buck and change.  It looks to all be going to great causes.  And Milo, Bill, Stephen, and Karl?  Proud of you.