Since we’re passionate about animal rescue AND music, we’re posting a new playlist every Monday. You’ll see what we are listening to, and you can look forward to guest posts from some of our favorite friends, musicians, and fellow animal rescuers.
“Kaiowas” by Sepultura
– It would be a shame if I didn’t start off this playlist without a song from my favorite band and album. I was 13 when this record came out. My parents and I always went shopping for groceries at our local Publix and back then they had these things called magazine racks and that is where I gathered almost all updates of new music coming out. I remember reading the Metal Maniacs magazine announcing the new Sepultura record. I was a huge fan of Arise, but it wasn’t until the release of the monster that is Chaos A.D. that solidified them as the ultimate metal band for me. I chose this song because I, too, come from a third world country and it was a proud moment for me when they decided to write a song like “Kaiowas”. It felt reminiscent of the track “Altered State” from Arise but “Kaiowas” took me on an altogether different journey.
“New Noise” by Refused
– Let me start off by saying that Refused is the ultimate live band. I finally got to see them live in 2016 and it was a mind-blowing experience. The venue, which much like Cinderella’s dilemma, turns into a dance club around midnight, was barely half full by the time these dudes started playing, but they gave it their all. Initially, I was a little turned off when this record came out, but it quickly became one of my favorites once I continued playing it. “New Noise” is one of those songs that makes me proud of the music that I listen to. One of the lines in the chorus is “We’re not, leading,” which is a message I could not agree more with. It highlights that we are followers in a commercial world. Another line, “Cause money buys the access and we can’t pay the cost.” shows that we might have all the money in the world to buy an experience or a product, you can be a hunter and spend $50k on a big game hunting trip, but the overall cost (or the consequence) to this “access” we can buy is far more destructive. The song reminds us that material gain and expenditure is not the end game – the end game is far more elusive – but our approach in consumerism is costing us more than dollar signs can ever begin to capture. This song gives us so much to think about, I could go on and on.
“Underground” by Life of Agony
“If you don’t walk with me, I’ll walk alone.” What a tune. I was such a loner in my middle and high school days. At times, as an adult, I reflect and think I should have probably been more sociable. But then I listen to this song and I remember how it gave me strength to keep my chin up while I walked through some of those school halls. I was unwilling to compromise and become another product of the popularity race. I was always criticized for loving a band like Life of Agony. I was drawn in by the vocals and even further by the lyrics. A record about suicide kept me from suicide. That is how important this album is. And it is right behind “Chaos A.D.” in my own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Sanctuary” by Sick of it All
This song goes out to all of those who have come and gone in my life. I come with a lot of baggage. I suffer from some mean-ass anxiety and this song gave me a little perspective when it came to appreciating life. It also talks about those who tried to take advantage of you, but in my case the one who hated me the most was myself. I self-sabotaged and fucked up a lot of friendships because of the asshole who lives inside my head. Most importantly I think of my wife when I listen to this song. She is my sanctuary and refuge from this world. We might not have the same taste in music but our core values are the same.
“100%” by Madball
This song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it live. It’s a song about being proud of your roots. It reminds me that our similarities outweigh our differences, even though our differences also need to be celebrated. Hardcore Lives in me!!!!