The deep beat lingers as Lia Rose’s soothing voice starts the collaboration that is the new single from Firebrand Records, ‘Must Be Undone’. Lia’s partners in crime are protest rapper Son of Nun and Firebrand Records co-founder Tom Morello.
“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”
“What’s been done/Can and must be undone/Enough is enough” Lia sings before Son of Nun enters the project with all guns blazing:
“Capitalism is lead paint and Ritalin A new jail, high blood pressure and insulin It’s why they can’t drink the water in Flint, Michigan And why so many plead guilty when they’re innocent It’s using the oven to keep your house warm Cuz minimum wage won’t keep the lights on It’s dying from diseases that are treatable While drug company profits are unbelievable It’s Coke killing union organizers It’s darker nations in debt to colonizers It’s saying climate change is still debatable While the military knows it’s inescapable It’s the schools in the hood with no heat Cuz tax-free arenas ain’t taking a backseat Capitalism is a bonus for the CEO Closing plants here to open them in Mexico”
Mr. Tom Morello finally steps in with his guitar to end the music video with an emotional solo that is complemented perfectly with animation work by Jonny Lawrence.
Detroit techno and French pop along with Arabic music influences. Mix that with themes of a Lebanese revolution, COVID-19, BLM, the death of Arab LGBT+ rights activist Sarah Hegazy, and much more and you have Nouvelle Vague by Wake Island.
The electronic duo has now released the song twice, once in French and another time in English. Their full length LP is due to drop on April 30th, 2021, and with that album, the duo explores identity and transformation through their immigrant perspective. The album features songs in English, French and Arabic and is “a tribute to the Arab community who are often faced with no other choice but to leave their homes in search of peace and freedom.”
“…we wanted to show the avalanche of events that happened to us during the year from the Lebanese revolution to the Beirut explosion, the never-ending pandemic, Black lives matter, the death of Sarah Hegazy, the dismantling of the music industry and more. All these events affected deeply us on a personal and professional level. That said, 2020 was also a year where we found love, explored new artistic avenues, opened a new studio, found new sources of inspiration and learned how to improve our lives. We felt a profound shift in our society, a rise of empathy, a curiosity about this “other” that we thought so different, but who turned out to be just like us.”