by Careful Gaze
This is sort of the unofficial theme track of the album. Preston and I wrote the riffs together and when we introduced it to Jason, it was all in 3/4. He felt the last breakdown in 4/4 which is how he plays the drums on it, so it created a very cool poly-rhythm heavy section at the end. This was the last song I did vocally so I just tried to have fun with it, although it’s a pretty intense and angry song. For some parts I just turned around away from the mic and screamed into the wall as loud as I could. I think we achieved a pretty raw effect with this one.
This song is about what “WHAT ABOUT ME” part of our culture that jumps on every tragedy to make sure that they aren’t forgotten and that things are still about them. It’s about people that don’t see themselves as racist/ignorant/hateful but casually display this behavior in their daily actions, including how they portray themselves on social media.
These people usually work in packs and prowl real life discussions / social media discussions waiting to blow up about a topic.
When the Black Lives Matter movement started there was a series of very unhelpful “movements” that responded, such as All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, the latter meaning that our police matter too. Now no one in this band disputes that everyone’s life matters - but a counter-movement like that in a time where there are legitimately many African-Americans or other minorities being mistreated and killed by the police, it only hurts things instead of making better. Yes, of course your privileged life still matters, but it isn’t always about you. The Black Lives Matter movement is a legitimate stand for equality, Blue/All lives is simply just an effort to stay in a position of having more freedom/power by “marking your territory” and that is NOT how things should be.
There are things like this happening daily with people that we know. As a band we want to be around people that are open minded and welcoming of all walks of life. We don’t support elevating a certain race or background above another. There are some people that don’t feel that way, and they will take their beliefs and stubbornness to the grave.
True equality is recognizing when other people need to have a voice, and helping them have it.
There is no room for racist / homophobic / transphobic / sexist / otherwise harmful ideals in the Careful Gaze family. There will hopefully be less and less room for those to take hold overall - not only in our music scene - but in the world altogether. Sometimes hatred is obvious, sometimes it is brought forth under a guise. Regardless - your hatred won’t be tolerated.
You don’t have to agree with everyone, just don’t be insensitive about it.