Local rock band U.S. Royalty scores the revolution

U.S. Royalty bassist Jacob Michael (Photo Courtesy of Jacob Michael)
U.S. Royalty bassist Jacob Michael (Photo Courtesy of Jacob Michael)

The revolution might not be televised, but it’s definitely been immortalized on wax. As violent anti-government protests mount from Venezuela to the Ukraine these days the soundtrack of political upheaval should be as ubiquitous as a commercial jingle.  Jacob Michael, the bassist of local rock band U.S. Royalty whose second album “Blue Sunshine” is out now, to put together a playlist “for the protesters with empathy in mind.” “I know this isn’t my personal revolution,” said Michael. “but you can’t help but feel the frustration of the people willing to risk their lives for social change.” 

1. Junip, “In Every Direction”
“To me, this song is about being free to make choices for yourself.”

2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Shuffle Your Feet”
“Freedom isn’t free.”

3. Neil Young, “Ohio”
“This classic anti-Vietnam anthem still gives goosebumps and reminds us of how easily violence can get out of control.”

4. Joy Division, “A Means to an End”
“A band spawned out of a dysfunctional society that captured the mood so perfectly; their sentiment remains relevant today.”

5. Wire, “Lowdown”
“The driving rhythm of this song is steady, yet agitated.”

6. The Stooges, “Down on the Street”
“Rowdy and raw, this song bleeds strength and rebellion.”

7. Gil Scott Heron, ” The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
“Gill Sctott Heron was one of the most important and prolific voices of the 20th century.”

8. M.I.A., “Pull Up The People”
“‘Pull up the people, pull up the poor.’ It’s a direct anthem for the young and underprivileged and still sounds fresh in clubs years after its release.”

9. The La’s, “Who Knows”
“Minimal and warm toned, this song gives hope for an optimistic new tomorrow.”

 

Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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