yuzima asks what you stand for in his new single “anarchy.” it’s post-punk and indie goodness. #soundcheck

August 5, 2013

In a post Sex Pistols world, the word “anarchy” is often thrown around carelessly like a musical Che Guevara t-shirt. It’s often used to mean either “nihilism” (which is actually the opposite of anarchism in many ways) or simply a way of stating “I’m a badass!” So leave it to self-proclaimed “registered Occupy musician” Yuzima to get it right. (as a proud Occupier and musician myself, I didn’t realize there was a registration process to participate in this open movement, but there you go…) His new song “Anarchy” is an invitation to be the change you want to see.

Recorded in his home studio, the sound has the feel of early post-punk/indie singles from bands like Hüsker Dü and Dinosaur Jr. Lo-fi and reverb drenched, the lyrics can be hard to pick out, but the chorus “if you don’t stand for something, you get nothing” rings true. It’s an interesting choice to use a sound that was initially forged as a means to shift towards personal lyrics away from the sloganeering of hardcore punk to make a political statement, but it works. The rest of the record will be out later this year. Stay tuned for rad (both radical politically and radical as in awesome) things from Yuzima.

– Words by Nathan Leigh