Arcade Fire releases politically-charged new song

By Sarah Walker

Fans of Arcade Fire have been waiting a long time to hear new music from the band. But the wait is finally over.

On Thursday, the Montreal-based group posted info about their new track to Twitter. The tune, called "I Give You Power," features gospel singer Mavis Staples and can be streamed on Tidal.

On the social media channel, the award-winning artists noted all of the proceeds from the single will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Their only comment was,"It's never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other."

While it's not known whether the song will be part of a new album, it's become clear it is part of the group's protest against the new president of the United States, Donald Trump.

Speaking to Beats 1's Zane Lowe about the track on Thursday, frontman Win Butler said: “It’s the eve of the inauguration and I think it’s easy to get sucked into sitting on the couch and checking your news feed and watching things on CNN, and we’re just musicians and the only thing we have to offer is our music."

He went on to say, "For us it’s a feeling of solidarity -- to not feel powerless and focus on what we can do as individuals and try to do our part.”

This marks the first time the band released music since 2013.

The song is the band's first release since their acclaimed 2013 album, Reflektor.

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