Los Angeles-based alternative rocker, Courtney McKenna, is back with a brand-new single “C.S.R. (Corporate Social Responsibility)”. With a punk rock edge, she sears through this politically charged bluesy tune with pummeling drums and twangy guitar lines.
Perhaps, it is the relentless chanting of “down to the water” that permeates through the song’s core, but there is something innately Americana about it that harkens to the gospel roots of the blues (i.e., “Wade in the Water”). It pairs perfectly with the song’s lyrical roots in the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline through Native lands, bringing a socio-political edge to the notion of water as a meeting place.
Speaking to the lyrical content, she says, “Corporations will always choose profit over people because that is what they are innately designed to do. I was channeling Lux Interior from The Cramps when I created certain vocal phrases for the song.” When combined with McKenna’s pulsing electric charge, it becomes impossible to not get swept up in the sheer overdrive of the song’s power. She catapults herself, body and soul, into the fray with no fear making for a cathartic experience both sonically and emotionally.
“C.S.R. (Corporate Social Responsibility)” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. This and more excellent music can be found on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.