One of the regulars featured here at Shouts comes out of Western Australia. Charlie Mgee is the driving force behind the band Formidable Vegetable and a green force himself. We recently interviewed him as the band just released their 3rd full length album.
Charlie believes in making music that matter, that informs and that educates. It is protest music but it is also so much more. It is inspiring in a broad sense of the term.
Some days ago, Charlie made his way to Perth in a vegetable-oil-fueled truck to give a TED talk about music, memory and permaculture, among other things. Check it out and check out Formidable Vegetable’s new album – it’s quite brilliant.
A few months back Shouts premiered a rough (but beautiful) demo of a new single from Josh Gray’s upcoming album. The song, Darkest Before The Dawn, is a captivating protest anthem that is ensured to survive generations to come.
Now it is time to premiere the final version of the song, exclusively on Shouts.
Josh has a way with words and his lyrics flow with such ease that the poetry packs a great deal of information into each sentence. The song touches upon many pending issues that Josh has witnessed failing for a long time in his home country of United States of America.
“Can we care about our neighbors Instead of asking for their papers And think about what we do to this world?
‘Cause human life’s more precious Than a blood diamond necklace Or any flag that’s ever been unfurled”
Josh goes on pointing out that hippocrisy of calling the USA the land of the free for it is quite clear that millions of people living in that country right now are everything but free. Slavery still exists and flourishes today through the incredibly corrupt private prison system. Which, as Josh points out, is very much directed at people of color.
Every orientation and gender deserves equality You ain’t savin’ souls trying to control The lives of those you’ve never seen
Let’s stop arrestin’ For minor possession If this is the land of the free Ban private prisons That enslave millions Because they don’t look like me
We hit Josh up on Skype for a short interview and asked him about the song, the album and the upcoming tour. Check out both the video interview below and the Shouts premiere of ‘Darkest Before The Dawn’ below and follow Josh’s music and touring news by visiting his homepage.
The title above says it all. This is a compilation album put together by Blackened Death Records in the UK and according what the organisers write on their Bandcamp page they believe that metal music is for everyone. We here at Shouts concur.
“Let’s knock fascism on its ass, spread some metal, and get medical aid to those who desperately need it.”