2010 | Rock
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“Our only weapon's total defiance. -- Let our love for our neighbors guide us. -- Speak loud when they try to silence. -- Withhold when they try to fight us.”
- Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings is the son of the legendary Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.
- In high school Jennings fronted KilRaven an industrial rock band for his high school's talent show.
- In 1996, Jennings and his father recorded the album Fenixon together. Initially no label was interested. It was later released by Jenning's label Black Country Rock in 2014.
THE HOT TAKES
Not what I was expecting, that's for sure. Be sure not to skip the video on this one. We're talking some truly disturbing stuff, especially for those of us that have children. If I was going to summarize the video, I'd say "Turn off your TV." If I was going to summarize the song, I'd say "Stick with family, build community, and resist the state." Pretty creepy stuff, and it ends in something of a death spiral. There's a lot of genres folding into each other here, enough that I'm not sure I can identify it. This one's a trip, so be ready for it.
This song is really good, and especially menacing when paired with the video. It is a good aural pairing to the insidiousness of The State. When watched with the video you really see the message that the media is a tool for indoctrination and also replaces the parents in many ways. The child walking around the house can’t find it’s parents, but the tv is talking to it and trying to engage with it. A sad commentary on a large portion of societies parenting. It also not only encourages us to resist State power, but even better to plug in to our families and communities and let our humanity guide us as to the correct course of action. I really like this one, even if it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Shooter really impressed me with this one. It was not at all what I was expecting.
Finally something insanely creepy. Something weird enough to warrant me writing about it. I'd never really thought much about Shooter before hearing this song. I always assumed he was a crappy second generation knock off country artist. Hearing this particular song quickly disabused me of that. The song sits between 80's sci-fi movie score and weird 90's alternative with a splash of crazy goth flavor over the whole thing. The unsettling nature of the sonic space certainly helps to underscore its warning about what the state is doing to us. It pleads with us to look to those we love to band together and resist the control that is impending. Sadly I think people didn't pay attention. Songs like this are designed to find the remnant Dr. Paul was always talking about. If you like this jam I recommend checking out the entire album. It's quite strange and very interesting.