David Ramirez takes We're Not Going Anywhere to NL starting tonight01-02-2018
David Ramirez is over for a couple shows in the Netherlands this weekend to promote his latest record We're Not Going Anywhere. Musically the album marks a departure for Ramirez who builds on the rootsy sound of his early albums to create something new and anchored in the present. It’s a record informed and driven by Ramirez’s own background which identifies both promise and protest at a time of socio-political agitation, “so many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family has raised children here and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I've seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiralling out of control.”
This politically engaged concern runs throughout the album and is reflected in tracks such as ‘Stone Age,’ which was written whilst watching from England the horrible prejudiced violence that the United States was going through on Independence Day 2016. “It was heartbreaking to see my country revert back to a state of mind I thought we had been working hard to evolve from,” says Ramirez. Whereas album opener ‘Twins’ questions what it means to be an American in 2017, harking back to Ramirez’s memories of being an 18-year old at the time of 9/11 which he recalls was the first time he felt unsafe and how, as a result of last year’s political election, that same feeling of fear is coming back around.