Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo’s hardcore supergroup Dead Cross have covered Black Flag’s song “Rise Above” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Besides the Faith No More vocalist and the former Slayer drummer, Dead Cross also includes Retox’s Michael Crain and Justin Pearson on guitar and bass respectively. Their video for “Rise Above” opens with stark scenes of police brutality at nationwide protests, before moving into a black-and-white performance clip from the Californian band.
Dead Cross’ cover was “created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and staunchly opposing police brutality and systemic racism,” a statement accompanying the video reads. “As such, the track opens with a recording of a Los Angeles resident voicing his displeasure with the [Los Angeles Police Department] during a public comment period from a regularly scheduled LA police commission meeting.”
Dead Cross’ self-titled debut album arrived in 2017 and its follow-up was confirmed by the band last December with a tweet that showed Dead Cross (sans Patton) back in the studio with producer Ross Robinson.
In other news, Patton recently entered the studio with Mr Bungle to record their first song in two decades: a cover of The Exploited’s “USA.” Watch him cover “Rise Above” with Dead Cross below: