Over ominous production, Tom takes aim at the foundation of our collective discontent. He doesn’t hold back. He ignites a torrential downpour of lyrical venom at the rigged enterprise at the very top.
He spits, “We prioritize material belongings over truth,” and from the voice of a politician, “Go overseas and die for freedom, there’s some oil we can use.” Until he brashly shakes the very fabric of this injustice and paints the problem in black and white, “Welcome to the system, everyone’s a victim.”
In the accompanying visual directed by partner and creative compatriot Nova Rockafeller, he lurches over a baby crib, detailing these failings to a newborn. The image proves provocative and illustrative of the pervasive problem at hand – we’re all playing in a one-sided game, but Tom reminds us it’s still worth the fight.
“After wrapping up my last collaborative album ‘The Brave,’ I was completely burnt out,” he admits. “I took a month off to re-focus and decide what was next. I came to the realization that I needed to push the envelope even further. I’ve been controversial. I’ve been outspoken…but I’ve also held back. So, moving forward—I’m going to be louder and more intense than ever before. It all starts with my new video, ‘The System’.”
Right now, Tom MacDonald is assembling a bold blockbuster of a new album due this fall.