Evan Greer

Evan Greer "Spotify is Surveillance"

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Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello calls Evan Greer “a heck of a guitar player,” but she’s perhaps better known as an activist and writer for outlets like the Washington Post, NBC News, and Wired. She’s been on the frontlines of some of the most notable grassroots victories of the last decade, from defending net neutrality to keeping facial recognition from invading music festivals to helping launch #NoMusicForICE. When quarantine began and all the shows were cancelled, Evan ordered a condenser mic and started recording songs directly into GarageBand on an old MacBook Air with a missing “r” key. The result is Spotify is Surveillance, an album that oscillates between lonely bedroom pop dripping with nostalgia for basement shows and rage filled punk anthems about transphobia and surveillance capitalism. Production advice from Taina Asili and Anjimile aside, these songs push the limits of DIY while finding togetherness in isolation.

Evan Greer - guitars, bass, drums, synth, piano, vocals, production

Gaetano Vacarro - bass on 2, 3, 4

Chris Harris - drums on 4, 6

Saoirse - vocals on 1, 5

Artwork: Vasjen Katro

Production advisors - Taina Asili, Anjimile

Audio samples from: Sylvia Rivera, Ursula K. Leguin, Chelsea Manning, Jacinta Gonzalez, Malkia Cyril, Emma Goldman

Recorded in GarageBand on a busted Macbook Air with one mic at home in quarantine in Boston, MA between March and December, 2020. Mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air