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FP: I’m looking at some of the lyrics: “Defenders of the free / The fourth pillar they were meant to be / Masters of duplicity / The fifth column they’ve become.” It all looks very profound and interesting:
And the lyrics of the other song, “Honk If You Want Peace”:
“Summers on the campus / Not a lot to do / The smog hangs low and the boredoms grow / Among the jaded youth / Idle hands breed righteous plans / They miss the anarchy / ‘Let’s find a way to rule today / and fix society’ / ‘The war machine must stop’ / ‘Life can’t go on this way’ / We’ll scream of greed and all our needs / We know just what to say.”
Certainly sounds like a lot of people in the Occupy crowds.
Bray: Exactly. Honk is a dark, epic, song about the pretentiousness of “peace” protesters and the damage they do. It was something we wrote and recorded last summer, but when all the Occupy protests started a couple of months ago, it was the perfect vehicle for us to use to say hey, take a look – this is what these people are really about.
FP: You have a song, “In The Days That Reagan Ruled.” Tell us about it.
Bray: It is a hard rock tribute to Ronald Reagan, the kind of man he was and all he did for this country. It is about individualism, optimism, pride, patriotism, honesty and integrity.
FP: You were the main event at the We Stand With Gibson Rally a few months back. Why did they choose you over all the other bands out there and how did that go?
Bray: It was an honor to play the show for Gibson. The show went very well and the crowd in Nashville was very responsive to us. I think we were chosen because of our strong patriotic and constitutional message as well as the fact that we appeal to all ages.
FP: Any plans to tour?
Bray: Yes, actually quite a bit. We’ll be launching the American Dream 2012 tour in Washington, DC next month and expect to be playing all over the country. Ironically though, we’re having problems getting booked in NYC, our home base, because it’s so liberal. I don’t think we’ll be playing Berkeley any time soon.
FP: What do you hope to accomplish through your music?
Bray: A big part of what we’re doing is to leverage great music and popular culture to improve the conservative image, and unfortunately, thanks to fifty years of media bias, they need all the help they can get.
FP: What do you think are the biggest problems that conservatives face in the upcoming elections?
Bray: The swing vote in this (and all) elections is the younger demographic and the only way to get that vote is through influencing popular culture. If conservatives can’t get that swing vote, everything else they do and say – and I mean everything – is a complete waste of time.
FP: I just wanted to mention for our readers that your group recorded its debut album with a multi Grammy winning producer Ron Saint Germain (who worked with artists such as Creed, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Muse) and that it is receiving incredibly strong support from fans — like so many other popular bands that seem to come out of nowhere to suddenly become a house hold name.
You’re starting to develop an impressive reputation in conservative circles and have generated a decent amount of press. As a result, the band has been in and out of the top 100 on iTunes and Amazon.com over the past several weeks and has been ranked as high as #29.
Bray: What can I say, Jamie, we’re musicians, but at the end of the day, we’re musicians that are fueled by an eternal gratitude and love for our country and that seems to resonate with a lot of people.
FP: Dave Bray thank you so much for joining us. Best of luck to Madison Rising and thank you.
For all of our readers who would like more information on the band, visit www.MadisonRising.com.
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