You can get early access to new episodes in addition to other perks by becoming a member on Patreon , or you can make a one-time donation through PayPal or buy some of the books we talk about using the links on our website. I hope you enjoy. Before we had a written language—or before many people were literate—we passed down stories verbally. Sometimes these were spoken words, but often they were songs. You can find examples of this all throughout history, and we still do it today, even though our literacy rates are much higher.
One of my favorite artists is Jason Isbell, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. Many artists from an Americana or country background are steeped heavily in storytelling, and Jason is a master. Isbell sometimes writes from personal experience, but a lot of the stories in his songs are purely fictional. The song is about a man named Andy whose friend is dying of cancer.
Jason Isbell breaks your heart. The melody, the timbre of his voice, his restrained strumming, the imagery of his lyrics. My point in bringing him up is that music moves people, and we write songs about everything from getting blackout drunk partying on a Friday night to friends dying of cancer.
So at a time when there is an extremely important message the world needs to hear, why not use music to spread the word? Why not write songs about climate change? Climate change is kind of having a moment in pop culture. Ecofiction and works of cli-fi have soared in popularity. As the climate crisis intensifies and becomes a part of everyday life for more people, we will start to hear more climate-related music. Climate change is now part of the human experience in a very tangible way, and it will naturally permeate throughout our culture.
One band from Australia is particularly conscious of this. The wealthy elites have left Earth to join the burgeoning colony on Mars, and the poor are left behind to farm and send dwindling resources to the Mars colony.
Each track tells a new chapter of a story of climate collapse, covering topics ranging from class struggle to factory farming to the spread of infectious disease. And eerily enough, the major cause of conflict in this story is the emergence of a deadly super virus that escalates into a pandemic, causing a small band of survivors to flee the diseased Earth.
Spoiler alert, but the album ends with the virus survivors crash-landing on Venus, which turns out to be the portal to Hell.
But since this is a family podcast and I would never endorse or encourage dangerous behavior, not only for legal reasons, an optimum listening experience for this album might also be blasting it over the biggest stereo system you can find and moshing solo in your living room. No matter how you choose to indulge, may I suggest it be loud.
Of course, this advice comes from someone who suffers from hearing damage and tinnitus caused by both playing in loud rock bands as a teenager and attending rock concerts. The band had better keep a tight handle on it, however. Having unleashed a beast like this they may find it takes a life of its own.
Eco-warriors though? It could use a few more just fine. Billie Eilish is living proof the Beatles have reached into the imaginations of another generation of fans.
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Words by David Murrieta Flores. Words by Paul Waxman. Browse All Features. Infest the Rats' Nest was composed and recorded mostly with only three of the band's usual seven-man lineup Stu MacKenzie, Joey Walker, and Michael Cavanagh and showcases influences derived from heavy metal , mixing the band's signature garage rock guitar tones and psychedelic rock sounds with thrash metal.
Mackenzie also said that the album's strong thrash metal influence was derived from bands such as Metallica , Slayer , Exodus , Overkill , Sodom , Rammstein and Kreator. On the album's themes, frontman Stu Mackenzie explained that the A-side is about current problems, especially ecological disaster and climate change , and is set in the near future, and the B-side is about the story of a group of rebels attempting to settle on Venus after being forced to leave Earth. Infest the Rats' Nest was well-received by music critics upon its release.
On the review aggregator website Metacritic , the album has a score of 77 out of based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". It's also one of their most musically compelling and impressive, too, and that's saying a lot.
Vinyl releases have tracks 1—4 on side A, and tracks 5—9 on side B. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thrash metal  stoner rock . Flightless ATO. Mackenzie Joey Walker Michael Cavanagh. Salt Lake City Weekly.
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