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Vid Pick: Sonic Boom Six w/ Capitol 1212 - The Emperor
Friday, December 19, 2014

Having seen, and interviewed, UK ska band Sonic Boom Six a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away (RIP the old Knitting Factory in NYC), I've been a fan of their music for quite a while. Their latest single, "The Emperor," features Capitol 1212, and embraces Sonic Boom Six's reggae influences. The slower pace of the song doesn't represent a laid back vibe, however. Instead it works to allow the politically motivated lyrics to have a much more significant impact.

In a statement, the band said of "The Emperor," "Lyrically, the song deals with certain developments in the political landscape of the UK over the last few years, that have continued to fester and grow to a point that they can no longer be ignored. How very apt that at the time of this being written, the titular Emperor is being afforded a primetime national platform to peddle his convenient, and dangerous, answers to the nation’s problems."

Their lyric video for "The Emperor" makes everything they're saying abundantly clear, and when you listen to the song you'll find there are an incredible amount of parallels to the US government. This is exactly why we need groups like Sonic Boom Six to continue to make songs like "The Emperor."

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