Donald Trump has been called lots of things: racist, misogynist, narcissist. One adjective that doesn’t get tossed around a lot is inspirational, but the presidential candidate's artistic influence can hardly be denied. Over the past year, Donald Trump, for better or worse, has inspired artists, musicians, comedians, and creatives of all sorts to take to their canvases and express their feelings on the controversial figure. And now, Cashout, a new project from Matt Megrue and Brendan and Sean Kelly of A Fragile Tomorrow, has joined the chorus.
Released last month during the Republican National Convention, “Donnie Chump” is off Cashout's upcoming EP Scam. Sin. Fear. The song was released along with a lyric video, just to make double-sure everyone gets the message. And that message is clear: Fuck Donnie Chump.
Brothers Sean and Brendan were messing around in their Low Watt Recording Studio in Savannah when they ended up with four instrumentals. Not sure what to do about it, they called up their buddy, Megrue.
For Megrue, writing the lyrics to “Donnie Chump” was easier than expected. The lyricist and vocalist of the band, Megrue found room for his opinions in Cashout that he’s been unable to express in his solo project.
“More than writing lyrics, it was a research project of things that man has done,” says Megrue. “So he kind of wrote the song for me.”
The video blatantly attacks the Republican's lack of subtlety through vocals backed by distorted guitars and ripping drums. Other songs on the EP have political messages too, like "Guns for Fun," but none as scathing as “Donnie Chump.”
Megrue's lyrics were also inspired by the musical nature of Sean and Brendan’s instrumentals. “It wasn’t necessarily being a punk band that made it go political. It was more the emotions in the music,” says Megrue. “There’s a certain intensity to it, and I was trying to marry that with what I have opinions about — and a lot of it was political. In my current project, the music doesn’t match that sentiment.”
Scam. Sin. Fear. is out now on MPress records, a fact that actually surprised the bandmates. MPress is A Fragile Tomorrow’s label, and they get first dibs on anything Brendan and Sean put out, if they want it. Megrue says he was shocked to hear they did in fact want the blisteringly fast EP, which, with four songs in total, clocks in at just over four-minutes long.
“No one’s going to touch this with a 10-foot pole,” says Megrue. “And surprisingly enough, MPress came back. They’ve been really supportive and that’s been an awesome thing.”