The Riot Before
The typical riot is a reaction. An
event takes place, people become upset,
they form a mob, a riot begins. A video of police abuse becomes public, stores
are looted and buildings burned. The purpose of this type of riot is to find
balance by any means, to reciprocate rage and to violently rid oneself of
anger. These riots are the most common, but they aren't the only variety.
Some riots are not reactionary, they do not strive for closure or balance, but
instead, for evolution. These are the riots that spawn revolutions, that bring
change for the better. They are birthed from restlessness, from goals not
attained but within reach and worth striving for. These are the riots that
come before. This is The Riot Before.
The Riot Before is not flashy, it is not fashion, it is not forced, it is not
fake. It is simple chords, simply played, with the purpose of giving a home to
lyrics written with purity, precision, and passion. It is, at the foundation of
everything, sincere -- intensely sincere. These songs exist because they must.
Not because there was a demand for them -- there was little -- but because they
were too restless to remain locked in the bedroom they were created in.
Because they can only find consummation out in the open, in the ears of others.
Because they came about as a result of inspiration from art, emotion, and life,
and because the writer of these songs cannot be content until he has given away
some of that inspiration; which is sacred and, unfortunately, so elusive in our
current world. The purpose of these songs is, at the very least, to entertain,
and at the very best, to inspire.
In his essay, Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson says that there "is a time in
every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance;
that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as
his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of
nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of
ground which is given to him to till." In the summer of 2003, Brett Adams,
restless from another summer spent working on a farm in a small town, decided
to work on his own portion of the soil, and he began to write the music which
is now known as The Riot Before. The songs are inspired by punk rock but are
not afraid to explore other genres. Whether fast and intense or slow and
emotional, the music is constantly pointing towards the deeper meanings found
within the lyrics. The music can be enjoyed on its own, for it does offer
something valuable to the listener, but it is in the words that these songs
find their identity. Those words are found only after hours upon hours of
thinking, writing, deleting, thinking, and rewriting. They are not there to
fill space. They are not there to finish a rhyme. They are all there on
purpose. Each line, in its own way, screaming to be heard. Starving to feed.
Begging to be discovered; to be uncovered.
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