Pro-American Rock Band Set To Challenge Political Establishment in 2012
With Occupy Wall Street being perceived by many as unorganized and lawless without a clear message, some have gone to great lengths to follow all legal procedures still to be turned away, as pro-American rock band Madison Rising recently discovered. When the band sought to procure a legal permit for its “Take Back Wall Street” concert in Zuccotti Park in December, it was denied after a week-long wild goose chase around New York City the same week Jackson Brown and Third Eye Blind performed in the Park without a permit. Given their ideological leanings however, Madison Rising chose not to follow that path.
The goal of Madison Rising was to celebrate capitalism with a free concert and to thank the hard working women and men of the NYPD and on Wall Street. Regarding the denial however, lead singer and frontman Dave Bray explains, “We would have to assume they have their own agenda in terms of who they allow and who they don't. That being said, the agenda is fairly transparent.”
It would seem that Madison Rising’s approach would be a productive way for the OWS movement to demonstrate if they were legally allowed to do so. While many music acts have appeared at occupy protests (often performing illegally), Madison Rising brings a fresh perspective of unity and personal accountability. “We give people a new (and hopefully contagious) way to think about things – whether it be the right to bear arms, the soldiers of America and so forth. That way is through intelligently-written music. Great music. Cool music. Fun music. Music with meaning,” explains Bray.
According to Bray, the band seeks to promote the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government, and personal responsibility while bringing a "coolness factor" to politics — making it cool to be educated, informed and patriotic. He believes much of the media has spent the last 50 years vilifying all of these things and his band vows to spend the next 50 changing that. While other bands sing about ex-girlfriends and drunken nights, Madison Rising sings about topics like Media Bias and the Second Amendment.
The following Q&A with Bray that I conducted via email provides more in-depth insight into Madison Rising’s background and goals.
What is the band's position on the occupy movement and why? Do you think it will accomplish anything?
"Overall, we believe people should show some gratitude and appreciation for this country, not attack and undermine it every chance they can. We believe that if people want something, they should work for it. As to whether or not it will actually accomplish something, we think that it will. If nothing else, it shows the people we want to reach that they can actually stand up to people attacking them and also expose the hidden agenda. And regardless what they say they’re trying to do we can’t condone the rapes, the sexual assaults, the disgusting camp grounds, the traffic, the money they’re costing taxpayers, and most of all the fact that they need to take over an entire part of a city to force their agenda down someone else’s throat."Continued on the next page