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Music Review: Static Thought – The Motive for Movement

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Static Thought pounds your ears and your brain with angry and political punk rock, growing out of the Sex Pistols and Dead Kennedys. The four members of Static Thought stand up on stage, using microphones and amplifiers to yell about the injustices and dehumanization in the world. They are the best and brightest kinds of punks, those that use their minds and welcome everyone.

The sound of Static Thought builds off of guitars and spitballs. They fit together pretty hooks with pounding drums and singer/guitarist Eric Urbach barks out lyrics about control, greed and the importance of being educated and giving a fuck. The band released an album on Hellcat Records in 2007 bringing their Bay area punk fury out to the masses, and The Motive for Movement is the followup to that album, also released on Hellcat. Static Thought inter-fuses some pop-punk and dynamic song building with their traditional three chord punk approach to make their sound powerful, aggressive and thoughtful

They cite influences like Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica and they do their best to mix their sound with straight-forward storytelling and expansive rocking. Each of the tracks on The Motive for Movement clock in around 3 minutes or less and they are jam packed with plenty of feedback and pain.

The best track on the album is “Amivalence” which is filled with catchy crisp guitars and calls for a wrecking ball to knock down all the walls, because people are disgusted.

In the band bio on the Hellcat Records Web site it says “I became a punk because I always felt like I didn’t fit in with my peers. Punk rock became an outlet for my aggression and a place that shared many of my ideals. I think there are a lot of serious issues that people are unaware of in the punk scene; such as sexism, ignorance, and lack of self-control. All ages venues across the country are shutting down as a result of this. People need to realize that the meaningless destruction that occurs is ruining our scene. There’s no better way to take your anger out on something than running around like a mad man in the pit or going down to your neighborhood protest.”

So, if you wanna feel part of the positive punk rock movement again, pick up The Motive for Movement and rock out with your body and mind.

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