Earlier in the week, Benjamin Booker shared a live video for new single ‘Believe’, shot in Providence’s historic Columbus Theatre.
Just a few days later, he’s streaming his brand new album ‘Witness’. Also including the singles ‘Right On You’ and the title track (featuring soul legend Mavis Staples), it’s an explosion of punk, blues, gospel and soul. The album is also set to be more politically-charged than his debut record, confronting contemporary societal issues.
After announcing the album, Benjamin spoke at length about racism in America, and how it eventually shaped ‘Witness’: “I fled to Mexico, and for a time it worked. But, outside of Pata Negra, I began to feel heavy again and realized that I might never again be able to feel that weightlessness. I knew then that there was no escape and I would have to confront the problem”.
Benjamin will be a special guest of Kings of Leon when the Followills play BST Hyde Park on 7th July. He’s also set to play a headline show at London’s Moth Club on 4th July.
Stream ‘Witness’ in full below via NPR.