The last day of the 2008 Republican National Convention proved to be the beginning of the buzz on Junkyard Empire. With the backdrop of the Minnesota State Capital and the volatility of the time, the band’s performance hit musical and political notes attendees (and the police charged with stopping it) did not soon forget. Not forgetting is a theme that runs through the band’s being – infusing the best of rock, hip hop and jazz with deeply intelligent and passionate lyrics about history, politics and society.
Junkyard Empire is a musical mouthpiece for these times.
Rebellion Politik is not only the title the just-released EP, it is the operating theory Junkyard Empire uses as a force for organization and political action; referred to in the title track as "the science of survival in a repressive environment." No unresolved issue of relevance is left intact on the seven-track EP, from America’s fiscal crisis and poverty at home to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and abuses occurring abroad. No punches are pulled.
Fronted by a profound rapper with effortless flow, Brihanu, Junkyard Empire’s unique, perfected sound is created by Chris Robin Cox (keyboards/trombone), Bryan Berry (guitars), Dan Choma (bass) and Graham O’Brian (drums).
In the past year, Junkyard Empire shared the stage with the legendary Boots Riley and the Coup, Rhymesayers artist Eyedea, Australian urban roots crew Blue King Brown, Rhymesayers artist Toki Wright, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges. The band was invited to Cuba in August for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with Cuban arts organizations and leaders, and perform several shows.
Junkyard Empire will embark on the Verbal Graffiti tour this fall. Music, videos, blogs and tour dates at:
1. Original Assumption
2. Rebellion Politik
4. The Basics
feat. RDM & Mr. Nox
7. Alternative Energy Remixed
Produced by Brian Susko @ Winterland Studios
out now on Amazon.com/iTunes.com