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Mr. Bureaucracy

by Paradox

First single from the new Paradox album 'Corporate Pollution'. With it's fast pulsing grungy riffs and melodic vocals 'Mr. Bureaucracy' is aimed towards any corporate or political establishment designed to keep society dumb, confused and poor.
Genre: Rock: Grunge
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MR. BUREAUCRACY

'Mr. Bureaucracy' is aimed towards any corporate or political establishment designed to keep society dumb, confused and poor. While the riffs are fast and grungy the melody and lyrics almost seem sarcastic. The line "Mr. Bureaucracy can you control the air I breathe" opens the track to a sudden burst of energy. The chorus refrains of "Freedom of choice not good for me" ring through to an old school grunge sounding riff that takes the song in a somewhat different direction yet repeats itself as the song ends. 'Mr. Bureaucracy' is the first single from the new Paradox album 'Corporate Pollution'. While the track potrays a much bigger picture than any previous Paradox endeavour the band still maintain their Alternative Rock sound remeniscent of the 90's.

'MR. BUREAUCRACY' (Lyrics)

Mr. Bureaucracy can you control the air I breathe
A broken democracy you won't control my sanity
Mr. Bureaucracy can you control my privacy
A state of security you can't control my mind it's free

I'm broken down by what I need freedom of choice not good for me
My stomach hurts your hungry greed can't put me down I'm on my knees

Mr. Bureaucracy can you control my destiny
The clothes I wear the food I eat the lies I'm told my self esteem
Mr. Hypocrisy can you destroy my hopes and dreams
A blindfold monopoly you can't destroy my mind it's free

I'm broken down by what I need freedom of choice not good for me
My stomach hurts your hungry greed can't push me down I'm on my knees

It's better to stay down don't have to think for yourself
It's better to play dumb don't have to prove yourself
There's never a way out you gotta work for your debt
It's better to break out you gotta free yourself

The government won't leave me alone, I'm tired and spent I'm tired and old
The government won't leave me alone, I'm tired and spent just leave me alone
Leave me alone

I'm all jaded intimidated, My colour's faded I'm liberated
Make me sad, make me beg, contents read, weighed and fed, I'm half dead drained and bled
It won't be long..

© Pete Mac/Mike Mac/Paradox 2010


About the band ::

Paradox are an Alternative Rock/ Grunge outfit from Cork, Ireland. Formed in 1996 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac the early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90's.The band has shaped and evolved their sound over the years while still maintaining their Alternative Rock sound. Paradox have released 4 studio albums to date. Their debut album 'Circle of Growth' was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Their second album 'Sacred' was recorded and released in 2004, 'Corporate Pollution' was released in 2011 and their latest album 'Chapters' released in January 2015. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany.
'Corporate Pollution' marked a further evolution in the Paradox sound and received the most attention from any of the bands releases. From the opening track 'Corporate Pollution' with it's churning guitar riffs and political sneers the track seems to somewhat set the tone for the rest of the album. One reviewer noted that the album had 'so many influences it's hard to list them all, the music is solid, timeless and to the point'.
Another review from Loud-Stuff.com added - 'Maybe the ultimate compliment you can pay to this album is that you could listen to it between Nirvana's In Utero and Alice in Chains Dirt and it's every bit as good'.
'Mr. Bureaucracy' was chosen to be the first single with it's fast pulsing riffs and melodic vocal refrains. The band also shot a music video for 'Mr. Bureaucracy' in 2012 which was nominated for best song at the Berlin Music Video Awards, Dublin International short film and music awards the Portobello Film Festival London in 2013.
In 2012 the 'Corporate Pollution' track 'Repress Excess' was used on the soundtrack for Canadian horror movie 'Truth' which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Canada International Film Festival's Royal Reel Award.
Paradox have toured both Europe and the US as well as playing support to the likes of Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife in 2013. 2014 saw Paradox back in the studio recording their 4th album to date at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork with multi tasking musician and engineer Brian Casey on the desk.
Titled 'Chapters' the 14 track album combines a variety of new sounds some of which have not yet been heard on any previous Paradox album. 'Chapters' is due for release early 2015.

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Loud-Stuff.com

Politically charged from the outset these guys sound like a hybrid of Nirvana an
With Mr Bureaucracy you’re immediately taken aback by the sound these guys have achieved, it’s so refined and to the point that you question whether this is really a band you’ve not heard before. At the same time, the raw and powerful edge in the music keeps it real and down to earth, it’s quite a combo! Politically charged from the outset these guys sound like a hybrid of Nirvana and Bush with a heavier edge to the music. The track is catchy from the outset, lead primarily by the guitar line but listen to the drums and what they do, then listen to the broken down section midway through – these are guys who know how to play their instruments and write a song.
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DBI Entertainment

Fascinating when a band has the confidence to use melodies of what could be 3-4
Paradox - Mr. Bureaucracy - Song and music video. Irish Grunge/Alt. Rock band Paradox are reminiscent of Nirvana in melody and vocals but there's something about the sound of those heavy but not quite heavy metal riffs that bring to mind Alice in Chains (Get to the 4:03 mark and you'll see what I mean). It's fascinating to me when a band has the confidence to use melodies of what could be 3-4 different solid songs if expanded upon and instead puts them together very well into a stand-alone. The video is interesting to say the least; it reminded me of Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 except the creepy drull of typing and exchanging memos in masks doesn't lead to human sausage. Prepare for the man tripping out in the chair and making a few Kevin Nealon faces. I look forward to hearing more.
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BryanReggaeMon

The immense craftsmanship and discipline that made the hard-working bands like A
So what do you get when you start with a very clever set of lyrics, and a robustly structured music foundation, and you add an addictively metered set of guitar riffs, a calculated-flashy bass line, and a rock solid drum foundation? You get a starting point for a brilliant song like "Mr. Bureaucracy." Add to that a flavorful vocal performance that very might be Pete Mac's best work to date, and a precision-driven set of background vocals, a complex use of verses, bridge, and choruses, and a mix that harkens back to the conventions we first started hearing in Seattle in the early 90's, when grunge was first taking form, and you begin to see why this song resonates as it does.

It is a Paradox song to be sure, but it reminds us of the immense craftsmanship and discipline that made the hard-working bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana so special. With reverence to be paid to the energetic punk scene of the 70s, and the heavy rock of the 80s for sure, it was the craftsmanship and discipline that made the short, but sweet grunge movement a very special part of rock history. And it is that very craftsmanship and discipline, with a fresh energy and creativity, that make this new offering by Paradox smoking-white-hot. Bring on the rest of the album, please!
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Amped Sounds

Irish Alt/Rock band Paradox is taking us back to the 90’s.
Irish Alt/Rock band Paradox is taking us back to the 90’s with their dark video for the song “Mr.Bureaucracy.” The moody lyrics and thrashing guitars bring back to mind the heyday of dark Alternative type Rock music, and director Damien Murphy complements the music perfectly with his creepy visuals. This was the perfect vid to watch to get in the mood for thrills and chills….

We see people wearing creepy looking masks in this video– pig masks, horse masks, Jason from Friday the 13th masks, Phantom of the Opera masks, you name it. As the gritty guitars and dark lyrics swell in the background, you can’t help but feel a little creeped out by it all. As the lead singer asks the “evil” government to “leave [him] alone” over and over, we see a man in a suit racking back and forth crazily and a woman typing on a computer keyboard until her fingers start to bleed. The whole affair is a bit dated– the tired theme about big government taking over, the creepy visuals we have seen in vids from Korn back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, and the Nirvana-esque sound of the music– but its effective and keeps your attention, and the band is talented, with good guitars and drums and a lead singer with a voice suited for Rock songs. And the masks seen in the video give the visuals just the right tone to go along with the vibe of the music. So despite seeming a little behind the times, it was still an enjoyable experience!
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Ian Roberts - Psychedelian

Talk about the evolution of Grunge!
I've just heard 'Mr. Bureaucracy'.. Wo.OW!! What have you done here??
Talk about the evolution of Grunge! I'm blown over with how you are constantly pushing the boundaries of Grunge and take it to COMPLETELY new places while managing to maintain that distinctive Grungey feel.. Serious talent here man, I couldn't get enough of Corporate Pollution and What You Were at the time I first contacted you (and truth be told, they got me through some tough times..), I remember I couldn't emphasise enough how much these tracks meant to me.. but this new track of yours is above and beyond. Well composed in a storytelling fashion, keeping me interested in what's coming next and hungry for more when it ends.
So I'd like to thank you guys, not only for keeping what's left of Grunge alive, but taking it forward while keeping it fresh even though it all has that uncompromising Grunge sound.
Fucking amazing stuff man, it really is.

"Psychedelian's Independent Review"
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desertbirdindustries.blogspot

Mr. Bureaucracy - Music Video Review
Irish Grunge/Alt. Rock band Paradox are reminiscent of Nirvana in melody and vocals but there's something about the sound of those heavy but not quite heavy metal riffs that bring to mind Alice in Chains (Get to the 4:03 mark and you'll see what I mean). It's fascinating to me when a band has the confidence to use melodies of what could be 3-4 different solid songs if expanded upon and instead puts them together very well into a stand-alone. The video is interesting to say the least; it reminded me of Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 except the creepy drull of typing and exchanging memos in masks doesn't lead to human sausage. Prepare for the man tripping out in the chair and making a few Kevin Nealon faces. You can listen to the full album Corporate Pollution here and download from Apple, iTunes or CD Baby.
Most importantly show them some love!
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