A death metal remix of climate activist Greta Thunberg’s now-iconic speech at the UN Climate Summit will now help accomplish the very thing the Swedish teen set out to do with her impassioned address urging the world’s political leaders to get moving on combating climate change. Despotz Records announced on Tuesday (Oct. 1) that all of its profits from the release of the remix by G.T. (aka John Mollusk) of New York thrash metal band Suaka will go “straight to the environmental rights activist group Greenpeace.”
The single’s release is accompanied by a campaign from Despotz using the hashtag #GREENMETAL, urging metal fans worldwide to mobilize and make history by pushing “How Dare You” onto the Billboard singles chart. “A week ago, Greta Thunberg (the teenaged leader of the climate revolution, she needs no further presentation) gave a speech to the world leaders at the opening of the UN Climate Summit in New York,” reads a note from the label.
”Greta says it better than neither we on this label nor any other adult so far has been able to say it, so one of the best things we can do is to use our platform for spreading her own words. We stand united with her in her quest and are grateful for a chance to contribute in any way!” adds the Despotz statement, adding, “To be fair, Greta embodies rock music in its full meaning. She is uncompromising, tough as hell and doesn’t give a shit about what people think of her. She is not afraid to tell you about the scariest things imaginable without beautifying it a bit, and that is what metal is about.”
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To date, Mollusk’s remix — in which he adds some guttural growling alongside 16 year-old Thunberg’s impassioned speech in which she says “you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words” — has racked up nearly four million YouTube views. Mollusk isn’t the only inspired by Thunberg’s words. The 1975 recently revealed that one of her speeches will serve as the intro to their upcoming album, while children’s singer Raffi sampled her on a tune called “Young People Marching” and someone blended her speech with Fatboy Slim‘s “Right Here, Right Now.”
I have moved on from this climate thing… From now on I will be doing death metal only!! https://t.co/mYqXxFuE77
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 28, 2019