Musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have protested North Carolina’s anti-trans HB2 by canceling shows. Psychedelic quartet Animal Collective, however, has taken a different route.
They kept their North Carolina shows, but released two albums and gave proceeds to pro-equality groups in the state.
“We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance,” the band wrote in an official statement.
“That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.”
Following their performance at the Orange Peel in Asheville yesterday, the group uploaded their recent performances from the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles and The Ritz in Manchester, England—and asking fans to make a donation to Progress NC, which is “dedicated to be being the voice for forward thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to the government.”
Now that’s what we call a statement.