Singled Out: Stone Soul Foundation
Over the last few years, we have become increasingly concerned about the state of the political landscape across the country, and apparent strengthening of special interest groups taking control of the government. Inspired by the Occupy Movement, we wrote the song "Taking Back the U.S." to express our views, distaste, and frustration with today's social climate, as many artists have done over the years. We have felt for a long time the average citizen isn't being heard, and we're ready to help Take Back the U.S.!
Now let's get a little more in depth with how the song came to be, the birth of "Taking Back The U.S." if you will. It was while we were on the road that the seed had been planted in our minds. Usually, when driving from gig to gig, we find ourselves creating disturbing fictional characters for the sitcoms in our heads, or honking our clown horn at pedestrians on their way to work. But we like to take a break from our alternate reality sometimes to talk about what's happening here on planet earth. We were having a deep discussion about the Occupy Movement, and corporate interests pulling strings, but we didn't start writing the song at that point in time. It was just kind of left as one of those "we should write a song about this" type of moments. You can't force creativity you have to wait for its blessings, ya know? And sure enough that blessing came to be.
The verse riff was created during a free form jam session at a rehearsal. Our bass player, Doug, and drummer, Shane, began pounding out a sweet ass heavy rock groove. I was immediately inspired to join in, and start creating the guitar parts. I didn't have to work to hard for them either they just came to me. That's when you know you have something special! Before we knew it we started forming a second groove, which later became the chorus. It was at that point that our singer, Sean, chirped in with "oh yeah, yeah yeah heeee" vocal lines! Sean looked around the room to see heads nodding with approval.
It was only a matter of seconds after that when I saw him vigorously penning the lyrics. Armed with frustrations of today's America it looked to be a welcome task for him. Sean had this to say about the lyrics "Once again this is not a subject that hasn't been addressed throughout metal and hard rock. Now that metal has become more accepted in the mainstream compared to the past 25-30 years, we felt it was our duty to share this sentiment today, as opposed to today's pop music, which tends to be more introspective in an egocentric manner. We feel there are certain things that need to be addressed concerning humanity as a whole."