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Grunge Rockers Against War

Nat Allister
A review of "Catalyst" by Alias Jones
Written April 1st, 2017, 9:28 am by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

SongLadder Editor
The song starts with a complex soundscape of marching boots and the rat-a-tat-tat of machine gun fire, suggesting a WWII battlefield. Next, we move into the bulk of the song: a fingerpicked steel string guitar and the raspy, Cobain-esque voice of Alias Jones, from Minneapolis MN. With a lazy, grunge rock sneer, Jones questions the worth of war, pointing to needless sacrifices conducted by heartless warlords. This song's intense lyrics could almost be said to be melodramatic, if the subject matter wasn't so real in the world, and getting realer every day. Jones demonstrates a skillful manipulation of rhyme and rhythm in the way he attacks each new line with a new thought. Dances she can move in any way Dont care what Jane says Well they shot her anyway And now they're laughing in our face As another mind is erased Chances, well we take them every day and take our stances, then we change them any way as everything is coming to light is this, is this a useless fight? I feel a sense of innocence lost as I sit and contemplate the cost of everything that we've done wrong. Sometimes I think its not that bad as I realize we've all been had and I wonder what we're fighting for. This is war. This is war. And now (???) has lost the father. And two brothers have one less. And Johnny's crying, and Benjamin looks broken as I came to pay my respects. Didn't you ever care to see Awful winds, and awful winds, change direction.

"Catalyst" would be an excellent theme song for

a political rally after-party

The most impressive instrumental/vocal performance in this recording is

the rhyme scheme

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