fears run rampant in the streets
and in our homes of you and me
the revolution won’t be on tv
until there’s violence or death to see
but by then it’ll be too late
to turn the war into love

cause now it’s getting kind of hard to breathe
and now my garden hose is a flame thrower
oh how could we be so dumb
as to kill our children’s future
but not make them understand

that we could be better off, be better off, be better off
if we all just did something right
we could be better off, be better off, better off
if we cared less for money
and more just for life

East Cameron Folkcore: Better Off

Still haven’t found words. But I’m listening to this East Cameron Folkcore album on repeat.

Hard-working orchestral folk punk band East Cameron Folkcore is releasing a lot of material in September. There is an all-new LP  Better Off coming out in September (in Germany on Grand Hotel van Cleef) as is Fossils, an all-acoustic, live EP of older, truly stunning material. The EP is streaming on soundcloud now, and available for streaming and pre-order on bandcamp. The songs are as politically raw and emotionally complex as usual. The EP is “dedicated to the work and to those who do it.” so it’s also great to listen too while reading Dave Zirin’s commentary on the Olympics or writing the 95th job application without diminishing hope for a response, or, you know, working.

I’m just gonna put this here.

Desaparecidos have removed all narrative subtlety and replaced it with political vehemence. But the lyrics are still smart hand the music has a kicking heart that I haven’t heard from Conor Oberst since the Road to Joy. Payola is not flawless and the political vehemence is not without its own problems, but I like this record. And damn, City on the Hill is a good, angry song. 

Speaking of anger: Oberst is angry like I am angry: At upsetting oppression that doesn’t really affect us personally, at least not in the way it torments Black people, Hispanic people, LGBT people, women of color. That’s why I don’t think that the “next great protest song” the next song of the revolution won’t come from Desaparecidos or from East Cameron Folkcore. That doesn’t diminish how good, poignant, or angry all these great punk songs are or how important the causes and voices of these artists are. They’re just not at the vanguard anymore. 

When I got news of the terrorist attack in Charleston last week, the soundtrack I turned to in my head (and Spotify) wasn’t punk or hardcore – it was rap, specifically Jasiri X and Kendrick Lamar. Listening to angry white men just didn’t seem adequate in that specific moment when the terrible, horrible acts are also committed by angry white men.

Well, while I am here I’ll do the work –
and what’s the Work?
To ease the pain of living.
Everything else, drunken

Allen Ginsberg. 

I stumbled upon this quote on the East Cameron Folkcore website. In the mood the world is putting me in,  I’m really, really looking forward to their set at Obstwiesenfestival this Saturday.