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From Hipster Kids to Hardliners

from ENGAGE! (2016) by Antillectual



Social change; for who, by who? Most people fighting for social change say they do it to benefit everybody. They welcome everyone to join them in that fight. But all too often it seems only a narrow group of people is really engaged and benefited. Others are, or at least feel, excluded. On top of that there is a lot of mutual exclusivity between progressive groups. They're roughly fighting the same battle, but each with their weapons of choice.
What if social change would affect and include a broader group of people? People that aren't necessarily within your group of peers or people with an exactly like-minded attitude? Wouldn't that improve the support for those trying to achieve social change?
What if the hostility within the “activist elite” would turn into tolerance for slightly different views and approaches? Fueled by a firm belief that even though our methods and ideals might slightly differ, we eventually strive for the same bigger picture? Wouldn't that make the army of soldiers fighting for and supporting social change grow bigger than we ever hoped for?
What are you fighting for, the battle or the war?


For who? By who?
This is how I think that it should be:
For all! By all!
Safety in numbers, the more we can win

For who? By who?
This is how it really seems to me:
For you! By you!
Excluding the others, stay close to your kin

We need them all: the hipster kids, the hardliners, even the gateway bands
We need them all: the infotainment, the bumper stickers and molotovs

For who? By who?
All this to save generation Z
For then! By now!
Invest in the future, surpass what has been

We may not believe in the exact same things, as long as we believe in each other
I know one thing for sure: if we try, we might
I know that if we don't, we certainly won't


from ENGAGE! (2016), released July 29, 2016




Antillectual Nijmegen, Netherlands

Antillectual from Nijmegen, the Netherlands plays a socially conscious, melodic blend of music, ranging from ‘90’s skate punk to ‘00’s emo and ‘10’s orgcore. Creating their own unique blend of stolen riffs and borrowed song titles, while carrying the torch of European punkrock. ... more


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