Becoming a better version of yourself is one thing, but the five Scarborough siblings in The Footlight District — Sarah, Gracie, Faith, Hannah and Cecil — take it a step further as they look at the bigger sense of community in this week’s new single “War Paint.”
The Footlight District puts on a boisterously fun and intense stage show, and the new blues-inflected, Southern rock single captures that through its heavy-duty riffs and driving, rhythmic battle drums.
“Go and put your war paint on, son / Don’t you know you’re a smoking gun?”
“It was our first recording coming out of quarantines, and we had all this pent-up energy from being trapped inside the house for months,” Faith, the band’s guitarist, said. “We were going crazy at the moment, so we got in there and it was amazing.”
The in-your-face delivery belies a softer message that makes up the core of The Footlight District’s philosophy: Be kind.
“I know it sounds cliche, but you are the change that you want to see in the world. It’s a call to action that you can make a difference,” Faith said.
“It’s a revolution, and a revolution starts with yourself. It starts with each person individually making a small change that all lead up to big changes. Just the small things that you do every single day by showing a little bit more kindness, a little more generosity, treating people with respect and dignity. Getting involved in your community. You may not agree with every single person, but we’re all here on this planet together, and we can really make an effort to get along and love everyone a little bit more.”