Moonfruits – ‘Seven Billion’
Tomorrow is May Day – also known as International Workers’ Day – and the Ottawa bilingual art-folk outift Moonfruits is marking the occasion by sharing a new live video for “Seven Billion” – a song that celebrates the power of the billions of people in the world who aren’t billionaires.
We’re thrilled to be premiering it today here on Roots Music Canada.
The band describes the song as “an earnest ode delivered with tongue firmly in cheek.”
The video was shot by Andrew Robillard behind the scenes during its August 2019 session at Bungalove Studio. It features Moonfruits’ members, Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, as well as Don Cummings on organ; Michel Delage on drums; and Tobias Meis on double bass. The music was engineered by Nic Séguin and produced and mixed by Donald Charette of Naskigo Productions.
The song’s final line “We all do well when we all do well” – which Moonfruits work into a group sing-a-long in a live setting – is inspired by the ACORN Canada slogan, “Everyone does well when everyone does well.”
The song itself is largely inspired by the band members’ experiences in community-level political organizing and activist work, including involvements with local ACORN and Fight for 15 & Fairness chapters; Solidarity Ottawa; SEIU Local 2’s Justice for Janitors campaign; CUPE locals 4600 and 2424; and campaigns for Ottawa Centre NDP MPP Joel Harden and Capital Ward Coun. Shawn Menard.
On the heels of their BC Saint-Springtime Tour with Sarah Osborne and their performances as part of the VIA Rail Artists on Board program – and with lots more touring to come this year – Moonfruits are eager to share work in progress. The official single for “Seven Billion” is on the way, and a new album is in the works.