Grandson Rages Against The Corporate Machine During Intense 'Blood//Water' Performance on 'Late Night': Watch

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Ramon Blanco, Jordan Benjamin, David Rehmann and Renzo Bravo of Grandson perform on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Aug. 15, 2018.

If you were about to doze off on Wednesday night (Aug. 15) to the strains of Seth Meyers' soothing nasal voice, Grandson was on hand to wake you up with a buzzsaw of righteous poetry. The singer/activist stormed the stage of Late Night for a lapel-grabbing run through his revolutionary anthem "Blood//Water" that made it clear that complacency is not an option.

Backed by a fierce three-piece band, the seemingly mild-mannered vocalist kicked off the song's reggae-groove first verse with a touch of island lilt in his voice as he sang "What you gon' do/ When there's blood in the water/ The price of your greed/ Is your son and your daughter." His eyes closed and mostly hidden behind a mop of curly hair, Grandson then let loose, jerking around the stage as the band broke into a spiky, air raid siren jam set to his frenzied refrain of "when there's blood in the water." 

The song, a (slightly) more pop-spiked take on Rage Against the Machine's activist rap-rock segued into a spoken word mid-section where Grandson addressed the crowd directly, his voice rising to a near yelp with each new revelation. "Good evening America. I have come to your television to remind you that when we stand together collectively there's nothing that we cannot accomplish. You know why that is? I am the people. I am the storm. I am the riot! I am the swarm." 

"Blood//Water" appears on Grandson's brand-new EP, Broken Down, Vol. 1.

Watch the performance below.