Grunge Rockers Against War
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,
"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