The Arcs were so disturbed by Netflix's headline-making docu-series Making a Murderer that they wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered a psychedelic new track, "Lake Superior," in two days. All proceeds from the song will benefit the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization – featured prominently in the show – that helps exonerate wrongly convicted people, Pitchfork reports.
The lyrics are inspired by Making a Murderer's central character, Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison on a sexual assault conviction before being exonerated and released. Avery would later be arrested and convicted on unrelated murder charges. "On a stretch of sand, sweet northern breeze / Manitowoc put Avery on the beach," Dan Auerbach sings over woozy guitars and dissonant synths, "Your alibi, will never do / When the whole town's got it out for you."
The Arcs posted the track on Soundcloud, accompanied by a statement explaining their inspiration. "It's like Billy Childish says, 'We live in troubled times,'" they wrote. "Last week, we got a sneak peek at what goes on behind the curtains of our criminal justice system. A few sleepless nights later we gathered in the studio and wrote this song."
Since its December 18th release, Making a Murderer has become a cultural phenomenon – inspiring late-night parodies, widespread debate about lingering questions and major petitions seeking a presidential pardon for Avery.