Revolt! EP

by Simon Waldram

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Revolt! 06:34
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
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Shitkicker 01:18
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
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"Revolt!" is from "Swalaka" - a split 2014 cassette with Halaka. My side was released digitally in 2017 as Konkret: simonwaldram.bandcamp.com/album/konkret

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.

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released January 24, 2015

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


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

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