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INTERVIEW: The Refusers

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Stoked! Glad to be here. Ready to vent.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Born To Rock”?

Rock music should be dangerous and challenge the status quo, like Edward Snowden did to the NSA or Pussy Riot did to Russia and Putin. So much modern music is bland cookie cutter pop designed with banal hooks to hit number one and then drop like a stone, forever to be forgotten. We’d rather shake the tree and wake people up to economic and political injustice. That is what rock music is supposed to be.  This song appeals to your inner rebel: Rock the system.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s a tribute to whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden who lay their careers and lives on the line to expose the dark secrets of the deep state.  The only way things will ever change is when popular opinion coalesces against the unelected rulers on Wall Street, NSA/CIA and big business lobbyists corrupting the government in Washington DC. Mainstream media TV networks and newspapers are owned by a handful of big corporations that parrot government weasel-speak and the agenda of their advertisers. Another song from our album is entitled You Won’t Read It In The NY Times. People are waking up – our song Wake Up America is designed to be an alarm clock.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We have an outrageously edgy Born To Rock video in final production featuring strokes of lightning from our guitars striking the Federal Reserve, Monsanto and the military industrial complex.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

Born To Rock is a viral hook you should remember. It signifies the essence of rock: Rebellion against the status quo.  Another song of ours – Hang the Bankers – is an epitaph for the crooked Wall Street hucksters who have been milking the crony capitalist system with trillion dollar government bailouts, while stomping on the middle and lower classes.

How was the recording and writing process?

I sensed a turning point coming in public opinion about a year ago and wrote a whole album of songs about awakening and rebellion. As you can see, the US presidential election campaign has unearthed widespread discontent with the economy and the government.  We’re tapping into that spirit.

The album almost wrote itself. It’s guitar-oriented rock, simple but timeless. The drums (by Brendan Hill from Blues Traveler) add a pulsating modern rock vibe and the Hammond Organ (by Seattle’s legendary Joe Doria) adds a spooky flavor.

What are your thoughts on today’s rock scene – do you believe Rock is slowly fading out -maybe to rise up like the phoenix- or just evolving?

There’s going to be a backlash against pop, led by artists who can write songs about real-life issues and the fading American Dream.  A lot of bands have sold out to corporate sponsors. Protest rock songwriters and people who can actually play their instruments are going to stand out and lead the resistance against conformity.

Any plans to hit the road?

We played Bottlerock along with the Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, etc.  We will be looking to play festivals like that when the album comes out this summer.

What else is happening next in The Refusers’ world?

Our brand is the hand – the hand of defiance. That concept goes into many areas – food, war,  toxic pharmaceuticals and phony news.  You can’t force this crap down our throats. NO, we refuse. We’re The Refusers.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, play guitar, music geek, movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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