Sunday, June 22, 2008

Learn from the music

Hubby found this band for me. He was listening to them in our bedroom, and I walked in and immediately liked them. I'm not a huge rap fan, mostly because of the negative lyrics and I can't really understand what they're saying. I'm white, I'm sorry, I just don't understand most of the lyrics.

I thought the best way to describe Flobots' song would be to type out the lyrics to the first song "There's a War Going on for Your Mind" on their CD Fight with Tools. So here they are:

There's a war going on for your mind
Media mavens mount surgical strikes from trapper keeper collages and online magazine racks
Cover girl cutouts throw up pop-up ads
Infecting victims with silicone shrapnel
Worldwide passenger pigeons deploy paratroopers
Now it's raining pornography
Lovers take shelter
Post-production debutantes pursue you in nascar chariots
They construct ransom letters from biblical passages and bleed mascara into holy water supplies

There's a war going on for your mind
Industry insiders slang test tube babies to corporate crackheads
They flash logos and blast ghettos
Their embroidered neckties say "stop snitchin'"
Conscious rappers and whistleblowers get stitches made of acupuncture needles and marionette strings

There is a war going on for your mind
Professional wrestlers and vice presidents want you to believe them
The desert sky is their bluescreen
They superimpose explosions
They shout at you
"pay no attention to the men behind the barbed curtain
Nor the craters beneath the draped flags
Those hoods are there for your protection
And meteors these days are the size of corpses

There's a war going on for your mind
We are the insurgents

Yes, it's rap, but it's rap with a positive message. There are no "ho's" in these songs. They highlight global issues like famine, opression, and indifference. Plus you can actually understand what he's saying.

Flobots is a group of 6 people (5 guys, 1 girl) out of Denver; not only do they have the traditional guitarist, bassist, and drummer, but they include a violinist and a jazz trumpet player. Their music is a upbeat blend, and I have listened to their CD several times already. They do curse in a couple of songs though, so my monsters won't be listening to all of it. I will definitely be playing the clean songs for them. I would recommend this to any mother of teens. You know your teens will be listening to rap anyway; at least this way you can be sure they are getting a positive message as well.

Please check out their website and MySpace page. They are currently on tour, and coming to St. Petersburg in July. That's pretty close! Hubby and I may have to take a drive. Date night!

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1 comment:

Tara said...

Oooh I will have to check them out! Thanks for the little review, :-). Thanks for stopping by my blog! :-)