So I've been listening to the Flobot's Fight With Tools album lately. The song you probably know from it is Handlebars, popular a few years ago for about a minute and a half before sinking into our memories, rarely to be heard from again. Until this week.
Handlebars is a wonderful song, despite its stylistic weirdness and its gods-damned ability to get stuck in your head. If you haven't seen the music video for it, I strongly recommend giving it a watching. The video tells a story of two boys that grew up together and went through life in two vastly different ways, both maximizing their potential in different pursuits. More than anything, I see this song as a tribute to human potential, both protagonists of the song came from less-than high class origins and rose to something great. It might be weird, but the song is inspirational to me, in its own special little way. That and Never Had It both speak of stepping up and becoming more than you thought you had the potential to be.
The album briefly comments on recent (at the time) politics, mentioning hurricane Katrina and the fallout from that fiasco. It also talks about racism in the 1960s with Anne Brayden. Anne Brayden is... an experience in itself, I very much recommend listening, if only just for a new experience.
More than inspiring, the album as a whole encourages the listener to think, to question what we're told, to analyze things and build opinions of our own, to perpetuate the conversation of society. Whatever is happening, whether it be the Zimmerman issue, or an upcoming election, or even the antecedent cause of the rise in gas prices, Fight With Tools does nothing more than ask, rather demand that we think about the world and react however we feel is necessary. "There is a war going on for your mind," they say. "If you are thinking, you are winning." There is no more plainly spoken way of making their point than that, but they do approach it in subtler ways as well.
I've had this album on repeat for a few days, and probably will for a few more, until I find another Flavor of the Week. If this is something that interests you, or if you have recommendations of albums to listen to, or movies to watch, please leave them in the comments below, or simply tune in next week. See you soon!