The Ex Senators
"Its time to wake up!
If you ever loved the bug eyed passion of the
prime time Clash and the heart
Where are all the rebel songs is the most asked question of these times. Where are the songs that relate to the meltdown, the songs of defiance, the songs of community and redemption. Rock n roll can be many things but sometimes it has to have a social conscience. It has to relate to the real world. Lennon, Dylan, Strummer, Bruce- the canyon of names, blue collar rock n roll poets, voices that have to be heard in the meltdown.
The Ex Senators fit firmly into this tradition.
They exist in that world that is beyond fashion and talent show hucksters. This is a heartfelt rock n roll with songs of struggle sung with a celebration of life and the empowering rush of believing in the power of rock n roll. The subject matter is the voice in the wilderness, the international craving for community in the face of the machine.
Its timeless rock n roll material and in the right hands its truly effective.
The band, who come from Chicago, have dumped the phoney fashion parade for an album of songs that deal with the modern politic with a passion and a wit that is startling in its brazen concern for the truth in a time of mainstream musical lies. Their debut UK single, Start a Fight is proof that mainstream rock can actually have a power and purpose.
The song comes with one of the videos of the year. An animated call-to-arms clip that doesnt pull its punches and makes its point with a wit sharpened by an intelligent anger. The clip, like the bands songs, hits all the right targets with its creative overload.
The concept for the video was all this political bullshit meets The Ramones Spiderman, grins frontman Dmac. In a nutshell, the political dialogue in America has become nothing but hyperbole and hatred on both sides of the aisle. Theyre all full of it.
DMac speaks fondly of musical truth tellers such
as Joe Strummer and Billy Bragg, Springsteen and Dylan whilst voraciously
eating up the worlds media on the Internet, trying to find some
sort of truth out there. Intelligent, passionate and with big hearts
The Ex Senators typify a lost world in rock n roll, a world where music
means something and can effect change with its passion and its
The Ex Senators - who, what and why?
Who are your heroes - musical, political, artistic, other?
Artistic: I absolutely love Christopher Hitchens. Didn't always agree with him but he was a real hero of mine and still is.
Tell us a bit about the single and its video.
Describe your sound to a hard of hearing dead Republican senator.
What can the UK look forward to in terms of your live experience?
Thanks to the band and Brad for sorting this out!