Revolt! (single)

by Simon Waldram

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"Revolt!" is from "Swalaka" - a split cassette with Halaka

phasevelocity.bandcamp.com/album/swalaka-halaka-simon-waldram-split-tape

The artwork is adapted from a poster called "La beauté est dans la rue" ("Beauty is in the street"), which was created by The Atelier Populaire during the May 1968 uprising in France. The slogan "Under the Cobblestones, the Beach" and the speech at the beginning of the song of the same name (taken from the Seymour Drescher documentary "Confrontation: Paris, 1968") are from the same movement.

The voices at the beginning of "Shitkicker" are from a UC Berkeley Student March from 2014 which featured disturbing scenes of police brutality. Footage can be seen here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVmyMKtmwU4

Our governments exist purely to protect their own interests and exploit us. In a democracy they are supposed to serve us, but it is clearly us who serve them.

However, we, the masses, have the power to change this if we stand up and all push in the same direction. The spirit of '68 is still with us! We don't have to take this anymore if we don't want to.

credits

released 24 January 2015

Simon: vocals, guitars. drum programming
Frank Coleman: drums on "Revolt!" and "Shitkicker"


"Revolt!" written by Waldram / Coleman / Hughes
"Shitkicker" written by Waldram / Colman
"Under the Cobblestones, the Beach" written by Waldram

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Simon Waldram Nottinghamshire

Hello! I am a singer-songwriter and sound explorer from Nottinghamshire in the UK. My songs vary from folk, indie and psych pop based pieces to more psychedelic and experimental excursions.

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Track Name: Revolt!
Let's not talk about the weather
There's something darker in the air
First the tension then the bullets
Raining down from over there

A coup d'etat against the people
But they can never, ever win
There's far too many of us
So now they're finished, we'll begin

Protest is when I say "I don't like this"
Resistance makes sure it occurs no more*

Suffering degrades, embitters and enrages**
Flames of anger are burning everywhere
All we need to do is stand together
We can do it if we really care

There's no price anyone can put on freedom
If we don't act we'll get nothing in return
It's only right to destroy what destroys you
Take it now, don't just wait there for your turn



* “Protest is when I say I don't like this. Resistance is when I put an end to what I don't like. Protest is when I say I refuse to go along with this anymore. Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too.” - Ulrike Marie Meinhof

** "Suffering degrades, embitters and enrages." - Aung San Suu Kyi
Track Name: Shitkicker
A protest caused by police brutality
Under the control of heavy handed tactics
By rows of cops, dressed in riot gear
With tear gas at the ready for when you get too near

Shitkicker, shitkicker
Making problems worse
Shitkicker, shitkicker
Attack the crowd for failing to disperse

A powder keg of violence waiting to explode
The streets are cordoned off so no-one can go home
An unarmed girl is beaten to the ground
And cannons sat on trucks pummel you with sound

Shitkicker, shitkicker
A collision course to using lethal force