Earth Crisis Guitarist Scott Crouse Discusses Their New Benefit Track w/ Public Enemy

Photo: Chuck Johnson

Earlier this week, an unlikely collaborative track featuring Earth Crisis vocalist Karl Buechner and guitarist Scott Crouse, Public Enemy's Chuck D, and Craig G of Juice Crew.

"Live Free" was produced by Krohme and part of the proceeds from song's 7" will be donated to Punks for Autism, an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Featuring cuts by Tes One, and executive produced by none other than Mike McTernan of Damnation A.D., the track can be heard below:

“'Live Free' was the brainchild of Krohme and his Calm Bomb Collective collaborator Mike DC (Damnation A.D.)," Earth Crisis' Scott Crouse told No Echo about the collab.

"They reached out wanting Karl and I to feature on a track, and when he mentioned having Craig G and Chuck D on it it too, how could we refuse? Krohme sent over the beat and I worked out a guitar and bass line over it. My inspiration was the 1993 'Judgement Night' soundtrack."

Crouse continued: "Karl recorded his verse, and the hook, with our pal and producer Tes One, who was kind enough to do some cuts on it as well. It’s a real feather in Karl and my cap to be featured alongside these gentlemen, and we are very proud that all proceeds also go to benefit Punks For Autism as well.” 

Bitter Melody Records is offering a limited edition version of "Live Free" on vinyl. "I felt the same when I saw the track with so many of my favs on one track," Grant McCracken of the label told No Echo via email. "I hit Scott up to find out if we could do something else with the track to immortalize it."

"Live Free" is streaming everywhere now, and the 7" vinyl is ready via Bitter Melody Records.

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