The brutally honest “Cops Don’t Care Pt. II” is one of the most devastating songs released this year. Fred Thomas addresses a litany of social injustices and hypocrisies, all of which you can gleam from a cursory look at Mother Jones or Salon. While Thomas doesn’t provide anything explicitly new in the nation discourse, the matter-of-fact way in which Thomas delivers the song’s lyrics is impossible to ignore. When he sings, “They don’t give a fuck about us,” it has all the energy of a sing-a-long refrain. This is the sound of frustration on the brink of resignation.
At 1:47, the song breezes by like a chain of thoughts. Even for Thomas, as much as he’s willing to admit that the powerful, “don’t give a fuck about us,” he’d rather not dwell on that harrowing revelation. “Cops Don’t Care” doesn’t change the conversation. Thomas knows that’s not what we need; we just need the conversation to continue.
All Are Saved is out 7 April 2015 via Polyvinyl.