On Ne Matraque Pas l'Imagination

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    This 10" record contains 4 songs and an etch on the b-side. €1,- from every sale goes to Stichting Gast, a local organisation that supports and provides practical help to refugees and asylum-seekers who are given the cold shoulder by the Dutch government.

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It's fairly easy to become cynical about social change and political protest these days. "What’s the use?" we can say from the comfort of our western-European homes. But beyond our borders there are people fighting the good fight, struggling against suppression, hatred, homophobia and austerity dictated by capitalism. And just beyond your own doorstep social inequality is growing.
These last years the failings of a market-dominated capitalist system became evident. Who will rise to the occasion and replace it with a society based on true democracy and solidarity?
This song is a call to arms. And it's an homage to the people of the Tahrir-square in Egypt who fought off one dictator and have to face another one. To the Greeks who are struggling under the yoke of EU-dictated austerity. To millions of people across the globe who have to deal with failing governments and are standing up because they can imagine a better and fairer world. And like May 1968 taught us, that's an image that no riot-cop can beat out of our heads.

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In 1848 some beard declared the class war
In 1903 the workers strong-arm promised more
Now the system's failing, who will rise to the occasion?

It took a summer of love, and a decade of dissent
We've lost that spirit now, let’s find it and take it back
Now the system's failing, will you rise to the occasion?

Walk like an Egyptian, rise like an Egyptian,
A Greek anarchist, the Spanish jobless youth
They all saw potential for a better, fairer world
Now it's time to complete their work

You might live with the fear of a truncheon in your neck
Don't let it shatter your imagination, this world must move ahead
You might live with some teargas in the eyes, but they can't blind what's inside

If we had all the answers, I wouldn't stand here today
But we need fire against injustice, and hope for a better day
They can't bludgeon all our hopes and ideals just yet, we can answer all of that

You might live with the fear of a truncheon in your neck
Don't let it shatter your imagination, this world must move ahead
You might live with some teargas in the eyes, but they can't blind what's inside

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from Rise To The Occasion, released April 27, 2014

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Smash The Statues plays melodic, political hardcore punk if you're okay with that.

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