Well hello again. It seems my first attempt to bring political pop punk to the masses worked out okay…or at least well enough that I’m going to try it again. But after just one week of staying true to my theme and posting a punk rock video, I’m going to switch it up and dive into some hip-hop.
Flobots is a rock/rap group out of Denver, Colorado. Please, throw out whatever you know about this genre (because if you know much it’s probably bad) and stay with me here. ‘Handlebars’ was the main single off their first mainstream record, 2007’s ‘Fight With Tools.’ Listening to the lyrics alone, I thought about the process of growing up, how our childish innocence so easily gives way to capitalist arrogance. And I thought the song was great.
But then I saw the video, and now I only like the song more. It follows two childhood friends who, on growing up, choose different paths – American community, or ‘Main Street,’ vs. corporate American ‘Wall Street.’ The imagery here is really powerful, even though it’s depressing in the end when one of our characters inadvertently orders his best friend…well, enough spoiler. Take a peek and lemme know what you think: