Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Bray, the lead singer of the new openly conservative rock band, Madison Rising. The band’s self-titled debut album was released on October 17, 2011 and has already charted in the top 100 best selling rock albums on both iTunes and Amazon.com. The overarching theme of the band’s music is that of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility. Visit the band’s site at MadisonRising.com. They are playing this Tuesday, January 17, in Washington, D.C.
FP: Dave Brave, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Thanks you for joining us today.
Bray: Sure. Happy to be here.
FP: Congratulations on your debut album and all your great success.
First, let’s begin with your admirable background. I noticed is that you’re a Navy veteran. Can you tell us a little about that part of your background? And thank you for serving this country and for putting your life on the line for us and our liberty.
Bray: Thanks Jamie.
I served as an 8404(FMF) Corpsman for STA platoon, 2nd battalion/2nd Marines out of Camp Lejeune, NC. It was an honor to serve side by side with the USMC!
FP: So when it comes to being a patriot, you’re definitely the real deal.
Bray: Absolutely. The stars and stripes fly high at my house!
FP: And the band itself is patriotic and all of you describe yourselves as pro-American. Tell us what that means to you and was that a conscious decision on your part?
Bray: Well, pro-American simply means we’re glad to be Americans. We’re grateful for all the things we have in this country and we’re damn proud of all that we’ve accomplished as a nation. We know that that’s the complete opposite of most people in the music industry, and the entertainment industry in general, but that’s who we are. And yeah, it was definitely a conscious decision. The guys all recognized the fact that there was no great pro-American rock music out there and we decided we needed to change that. There was a huge void and it was about time someone had the guts to stand up and fill it.
FP: So what message in general are you stressing in your music?
Bray: Our message is pro-American vs. anti-American. Hard work vs. entitlement. Creating as opposed to destroying. Personal responsibility as opposed to government dependency. We’re about what this country was founded on – integrity. Not whimpering or whining, but actually doing something. And not only do we have an overall message as a band, but each of our songs themselves has a specific message as well. Like “Soldiers of America” which is a rock anthem for the men and woman who serve our country and the sacrifices they make. Or “Rally the Youth,” a motivational song about the need for young people to take action, get informed, and to create a better future for themselves.
FP: The first song in the album is called “Right To Bear” — tell us about that song.
Bray: “Right To Bear” is a really guitar heavy rock song about protecting the 2nd amendment, which for some reason is always under attack from the Left. Our new video will be coming out very soon. I love that song and the video rocks!
FP: It looks like you have some videos out already. Which songs are those and why did you choose those?
Bray: We do have some videos out: “Walking through that door,” “Where was the media then,” and “Honk if you want peace.” We thought they were the most relevant.
FP: Media bias is a concern for a lot of conservatives. Tell us a bit about your song, “Where was the media then.”
Bray: Well, that’s probably our heaviest song musically, but also one of the most interesting thematically. It’s really a song that compares and contrasts how much attention the media gives to situations based on who is involved. How the media hides anything the liberals do that would make them look bad, and how they vilify and blow everything conservatives do way out of proportion. We think we did a pretty good job telling the story and also writing it on a fairly intelligent level.