The past few weeks have seen a lot of activity surrounding the popular 10-part Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer” that focuses on the 2006 murder trial of Wisconsin native Steven Avery, a man who had once spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and was exonerated in 2003. Those stories include a juror at his murder trial allegedly claiming they convicted Avery out of fear for their safety, his prosecutor from the trial now dealing with angry Yelp reviewers and constant back-and-forth discussions about whether Avery was innocent or guilty of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.
Now the guitarist and singer of the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, has tackled this case in song form with his side band, the Arcs. Called “Lake Superior” the song is inspired by the Netflix documentary. On the band’s Soundcloud page, it states: It’s like Billy Childish says, “We live in troubled times”. 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. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered in 2 days. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Innocence Project.
Which, based on what side of the argument you fall on, could mean the band recorded a song demanding justice for a wrongfully convicted man, or is a song blindly defending a murderous monster.