“One Day As a Lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept. A defiant affirmation of the possibilities that exist in the space between kick and snare. It’s a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the brutal socioeconomic realities that it attempts to mask.”
This excerpt from the band bio says it all. The new musical initiative by Rage Against The Machine front man Zack de la Rocha and Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore is proving to be a definite hit among fans.
It’s been a while since we heard that voice apart from small collaborations Zack had with DJ Shadow and few other artists. Zack’s re-entry to the music scene couldn’t have come up at a better time. The upcoming US presidential election, the war in Iraq, deepening economic situations and the lack of politically motivated music have all made many fans yearn for a come back from this rebellious artist.
It's been good news for fans in the last few years with Rage Against The Machine getting back together last year at the Coachella festival after breaking up in 2001.Tom Morello and Zack seem to be performing together more often and its really good to see the old rebels teaming up again. But getting something new and something quite raw from Zack is a pleasant surprise.
The band name itself has been inspired by a photo taken by Chicano photographer George Rodriguez in the 1970s which featured a wall depicting the phrase “Its better to live one day as a lion than 1000 days as a lamb” and according to the band it’s a “stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound”. As I have found out the though the originality of this phrase may have somewhat disheartening roots; as the actually quote is said to be by the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, I believe that the name serves a greater purpose than its somewhat controversial origin.
Though the new entry may not be powerful as Rage against the Machine or the activism they put out with their huge following, One Day As A Lion will definitely make a lasting impact on the minds of fans. The new EP will be out on Tuesday 22nd July and their released single (Wild International) is making a huge buzz among fans already. As always Zack has armed his music and lyrics with powerful raw militant vocals. His in your face lyrics seem to touch upon many burning issues of the socio economic environment that we live in.
Overall its going to be a cracker…! A burst of lyrical and musical outrage directed towards the current degrading political and socioeconomic systems… a call for a new revolution, a new way of thinking for the masses….
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