From Baltimore With Love brings together 20 Baltimore bands and musicians to support the art and activist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Embracing the theme of a summer road trip, 20 artists donated tracks to keep Force company on the road including Dan Deacon, Flock of Dimes, AK Slaughter, Soft Cat, Ami Dang, Abdu Ali, DDM and more. The mix is being released as a prize for The Monument Quilt Tour Kickstarter campaign.
From Baltimore with Love is a sampling of Force’s hometown Baltimore’s varied and vibrant music scene. For only $15, Kickstarter backers can enjoy the psych soul rock of Katrina Ford, feminist punk rock War on Women, cellist and political artist Paul Rucker, and composer and electronic musician Dan Deacon, to name a few. With an all around all star line up, the compilation spans the genres of hip hop, R&B, club, ambient, electronic, experimental, pop, punk and everything in-between.
While Baltimore is well-known for its home-grown musicians, it is also becoming well-known for its home-grown feminist activism. Force: Upsetting Rape Culture is mostly widely known for their viral panty prank where they pretended to be Victoria’s Secret promoting consent-themed slogans on panties and thongs or more recently when they tricked the internet into believing Playboy was promoting consensual sex to undergrads. They are currently raising funds via Kickstarter for a 10-city tour of the Monument Quilt.
The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse,” says Hannah Brancato, Force co-director. “By stitching our stories together we are creating and demanding public space to heal. We are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed”
In 2016, the Monument Quilt will be on display at the National Mall in Washington DC. The Baltimore mixtape will help Force raise funds to bring the quilt to 10 cities across the US this summer.
“After holding displays in Baltimore and DC, we realized more people in more places need to see and experience the quilt,” said Rebecca Nagle, one of the project organizers. “That’s why we are taking the quilt on the road across the US, and we need your support to make that happen.”