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Flag Retirement

by Wildman

High-powered modern protest rock melding electric guitar with smart but mad-as-hell lyrics with touches of Arabic, Blues and Soul music.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Moving Floor
3:21 album only
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2. Like A Wave
4:27 album only
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3. God Damn Mistake
4:21 album only
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4. Try Not To Try
5:11 album only
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5. Placebo
2:45 album only
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6. Guts
5:40 album only
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7. Anthem
4:49 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Thurston Moore adds WILDMAN to his website!

Thurston Moore's website protest-music.com, which is soon to be written about in major news publications and covered on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now" radio program has chosen the WILDMAN song "Like A Wave" for inclusion on his anti-war website. WILDMAN will also perform solo acoustic as part of a Peace Concert Series with Thurston and other members of Sonic Youth on June 22nd at The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA.
The full WILDMAN band will be featured in another Peace Concert at The Middle East on June 22nd with Roger Miller of Mission of Burma, Robin Lane and The Chartbusters, Stephan Smith and The Foundation.

Here's what the press is saying about WILDMAN'S "Flag Retirement" CD:


"Picking up the melody from modern-day protest rockers Midnight Oil, WILDMAN carries its angry riffs directly to the Bush Administration."
- Boston Magazine

"A quick lacerating blast of seven-rock-hard protest anthems. By the standards of pop music these days, this is gutsy stuff."
Cape Cod Times

"WILDMAN's new millennium protest music is rock' n roll truth serum, an antidote to the presidential poison that's blinding us as Bush and his greedhead compatriots crush the heart of America."

- Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix


This is a record against the war in Iraq.

WILDMAN is Boston-based singer/songwriter/journalist/ novelist David Wildman, who has taken the anger and frustration of his work as a political columnist and channeled it into a high-powered endlessly diverse rock band.

David Wildman (whose other band Fire In The Boathouse is also available on CD BAby) has released his new CD "Flag Retirement" The new release by WILDMAN on the Boston label Indecent Music. The disc is a microcosm of the times we live in, and it presents a strong and literate voice for change.

Producer Hendrik Gideonse XIX (who also works with Sandro G) has melded the underground growl of Wildman's electric guitar and smart but mad-as-hell lyrics with an Arabic Lament, soulful R+B harmonies and screming blues licks from Paul Lenart, a guitarist for T-Bone Walker and James Montgomery. The resulting recording crackles with the enrgy of modernsuch unlikely elements as Arabic chants from an Algerian singer, soulful harmonies from a young black rap artist and screaming blues licks from a former James Montgomery sideman. The result recording, which has been hailed in the Boston press and in press nationwide, crackles with the energy of modern times, defies convention, gives voice to fears about a government out of control and establishes a new connection between American rock and the music of cultures the world over.

"Moving Floor" opens the recording with a jangly rocking assertion that "It's worse now than in the 60's/There's no dissent and the government's taking our liberties".

"Like A Wave" asks us to ponder what it would be like "If Hitler had the bomb/And lasers up in space", and warns of an impending of wave of fascism in America whilea doom laden Arabic counter vocal wails in the distance.

"God Damn Mistake" mixes bongos, bone jarring bass and searing guitar with a singalong chorus about the deadly mistake of going to war to acquire oil.

"Try Not To Try" is a lament about the dangers of apathy, while eighteen-year-old rap singer Dyamond Myndz sings sympathetically along, leading up to the sizzling climax that proclaims "Everyone knows that our president is dangerous and vile/taking back yesterday, bludgeoning us with his crooked smile".

"Placebo" is a wild skirt-lifting country rock romp skewering religious fanaticism.

"Guts" goes right to the heart of the need to stand up for your beliefs while congressmen "...do the backbone slide".

"Anthem" is a brassy Stone-ish singalong about how excessive patriotism blinds us.

vocals/guitar: David Wildman Drums: Shawn McLaughlin
Bass: Dave Grogan
Produced by Hendrik David Gideonse XIX
All songs by David Wildman c 2002

http://www.indecentmusic.com/artists/wildman
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David Wildman has been uniting the Boston music community. He opened the November 3rd anti-war rally on the Boston Common in front of tens of thousands, has done extensive radio interviews, pens a bi-weekly political column in the local paper The Weekly Dig and has been printed in the national activist website Commondreams.org. He is also organizing a series of rock' n roll peace concerts in the Boston area. The first drew a huge and diverse crowd and was held on February 16th in Centeral Square,Cambridge. Entitled "Not Our President's Day", the event featured the CD release and performance by the band WILDMAN, Roger Miller of Mission of Burma, political comedians, radical cheerleaders and various Boston political luminaries. The second is being planned for April with bigger local artists. Legendary punk/poetess Patti Smith has already expressed interest in performing.


"I'm hoping this music inspires others to speak out," says Wildman. "When you put a burning flag on the cover of your CD, you can expect to stir emotions in people. The important thing is that it is a photo from an actual flag retirement ceremony, and we printed the legal statute on the back. The point we're trying to make is that, like a flag that is tattered and torn and needs to be retired, excessive patriotism has been tainted and abused and used to manipulate Americans to back an illicit war. I love this country, but what our government is doing is wrong."

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