History and hardcore; the mix works!
Norweigan musicians Despereaux fuse their creations with knowledge and history which inspires or provokes movement from within. No longer strangers to Circuit Sweet anymore, the Nordic quartet consist of Emil Solbakken – Vocals, guitar, Simen Trippestad – Guitar, Lars Øivind Reymert – Bass and Per Åsmund Reymert – Drums.
On November 6 and 7, 1917 (or October 24 and 25 on the Julian calendar, which is why the event is often referred to as the October Revolution), leftist revolutionaries led by Bolshevik Party leader Vladimir Lenin launched a nearly bloodless coup d’état against the Duma’s provisional government.
Today, November 7th is marked as Russian Revolution day and to coincide with this historic day and 100 years since the revolution in Russia in 1917, the band have unveiled the video for their track MARX which has been premiered via HARDCORE WORLDWIDE
Please note this expression does not represent the musicians’ political views.
MARX is a thematic song timed to the anniversary of the Russian revolution but the power the video holds is something else. With the video premiere unleashed to the world thanks to Hardcore Worldwide, we had the pleasure in speaking with Per Åsmund of Despereaux. We wanted to delve deeper into the story and more information on those lyrics. Per commented:
The music of MARX are based on riffs made predominantly by Lars. When he showed us the riffs we were all gathered at Simen’s former apartment, and upon the first listening, I think we all felt that this was a song we should try our hardest not to tamper with. Lars usually has a less-is-more approach to songwriting, something that we feel has lacked with some our previous songs (“Repetition is failure”). The song just needed a middle section and an ending, and we patched those things together after some short jam-sessions.
Lyrically, we have never been about politics. And this hasn’t changed that much now, though the timing of the release and the title do suggest otherwise. The thought about writing a song about Karl Marx materialized from my obsession with a lyric line by Emil: “I heard blood makes the grass grow faster”. I just thought that was a great line. It implies a form of hidden oppression, almost Orwellian, and it made me think about ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’. I see the “grass”-part as a metaphor for the Soviet Collectivization programmes under Stalin, which led to the deaths of a great deal of russian farmers. And which is one of several things one would reasonably assume Marx did not intend with his radical ideas. The many perversions of ideas based on good intentions is at the forefront in this song. It is perhaps more of a comment on the Soviet Union than Marx’ radical ideas. Marx’ voice from the grave.
The video perfectly captures Despereaux in their element- performing live. From start to finish you can see and feel the energy this contagious band deliver without fail. Performing in their studio session, it’s truly remarkable to witness an act that has created such an atmospherical environment during their performance. The Nordic quartet continue to develop and thrive within their sound, mixing their raw brutality, darkness and aggression and weaving their punk/hardcore roots with a melodic balance.
Lyrics by Per Reymert & Emil Solbakken:
My speech takes residence in numerous places that I’m supposed to have built I’ve become so fucking hesitant waiting for this world to dissolve Brace yourself, brace yourself I am worthless and forgotten Maybe I accomplished nothing Trace your steps When I am, believe I’ll build upon this rock Glad to see you stayed here Not my path, not my past Trapped in my own maze and your belief, my mischief Glad to see you stay I heard blood makes the grass grow fast Will you sanction my beliefs? I heard blood makes the grass grow… I heard blood makes the grass grow faster Glad to see you stayed here Not my past, not my path Trapped in my own maze and Your belief, my all It’s so hard to make amends and with Trotsky left for dead, somewhere they shout “armistice, the revolution is dead” There is nothing left to give Glad to see you stayed I heard blood makes the grass grow fast will you sanction my belief?