Kill The Autocrat

Kill The Autocrat

BandHip HopRock

Raptivist

Biography

In a world where most find it easy to hide behind an “out of sight out of mind” mentality, its’ been a while since we’ve been moved to mobilize by the words of a protest song. History has shown us that music has the power to unify against incredible odds, and that every great revolution needs an even greater voice of reason.

That is exactly what Sudbury, ON. based Kill The Autocrat (Michael Fraser O’Brien (OB), MC/Vocals, Scott Swain – Guitars, Trevor Johnston – Drums) has become for a new age labor movement that is taking North America by storm. Captured with utmost intensity on their debut release “A New World Disorder”,(self produced, with scratches by DJ Kenny Parker and released through the newly formed 6.8.2. Records Inc.) this hip-hop-rock trio has forged a sound so driven by fighting desire and personal plight, that they are putting the power behind what can only be described as “new generation protest music.”

“We use music as a tool to express the need for human change,” says front man OB. “People deserve a fair shot in life and we keep getting hammered. I hope to be the voice that motivates people to stand up and fight for what they deserve, whatever the cause may be.”

KTA first garnered media attention in June 2010 when the band’s first single “One Day Longer” – written by OB, a miner at Vale Inco in Sudbury, during a year long strike – was released on the Internet. Within weeks the song became a North American anthem for the United Steelworkers Union of America, and offers came pouring in requesting the band to perform at rallies all over the world.

Things really began to pick up steam when KTA was flown to Madison Wisconsin to perform the song for 80,000 striking workers, at the biggest rally held in the capital city since the Vietnam War. “Our initial goal when we started this band was to educate and inspire, so that hard working people realize that they are capable of igniting change and killing the tyranny in everyday life,” says OB.

“A New World Disorder,” is a document of the changing times we live in and to a burgeoning new age revolution. Crossing genres from blues and funk, to southern rock, hip-hop and punk, the album is overflowing with deep pulsating rhythms, pounding drums, and rich lyrical poetry.

A true “working class hero,” front man OB’s connection to the personal adversities of his past as a third generation miner, ring out loud and clear on every track. “Look, I have a chip on my shoulder because I grew up in a toxic wasteland, and I might die someday because of where I was born. I rap about me – a blue collar guy who grew up in a small city – because that’s real, and that’s who I am.”

Lyrically “A New World Disorder” is direct and raw, driving home a powerful intent behind every word. The album’s second single “Constant Movement,” is an abrasive and yet completely compelling track, littered with slick commentary about the foils of frustration, uncertainty, and the cold hard reality of everyday life. “Protest music doesn’t have to be “cheesy,” notes OB. “What we’re trying to do here is make powerful timeless music, that combines the best of multiple genres, and still maintains a message when it’s all said and done. It doesn’t matter where you’re from anymore because hip-hop is universal. Good music has the power to move people and that is something that always prevails.”

Kill The Autocrat are a new breed of musical revolutionaries. Taking the driving rhythmic pulse of rock music and pushing it up against the fighting essence of traditional hip-hop, this band is quickly becoming a voice for hundreds of thousands of people who have known the helplessness of human desperation.
Unafraid to challenge society and call attention to its often shameless behavior, KTA has crafted a sound that is both universally understood, and capable of unloading the kind of power that once saw protest music emerge from the dirt, catch on like wildfire, and unify the youth of the world.

“There is a revolution happening, and it’s already begun,” notes OB with genuine certainty. “Everybody knows it but most people are just too afraid to say it out loud. People all over the world are tired and broke, and because of the way we are now connected through technology, it’s becoming harder to hide that from the public. Things are changing whether people like it or not and we need to be writing the soundtrack to these times. This band is a response to what is going on in the world today. We exist because if someone doesn’t stand up and say something, maybe nobody will.”

Lyrics

Workin' Man

Written By: Kill The Autocrat

WORKIN' MAN LYRICS

Verse 1

Let us never forget what we fought for for a hundred years
With blood sweat broken bones death and tears
They call us radicals and thugs but we’re just misunderstood
I’m standing in the same place that my father and my grandfather stood
Respect and honesty pensions benefits and salary
Support my family defending human rights instead of minimum wage
The punch clock slave trade get engaged operate fight the corporation everyday

Chorus

There’s no justice for the working man
And nothing comes for free to us working men
So much corruption from the wicked man
Cause there’s no jobs out there for us working men
I bet they never worked a day at all
I bet they never worked a day at all

Verse 2

Make a difference locally but we can take it international
They got global companies we got global unions with connection
Who air their dirty laundry on the net and in the papers
Exposing them for what they are criminals disguised as bankers
Cut costs and cut corners roll back pay rates and hours
Inflict pain on the community squeezing us for every last dollar
Pure capitalistic machine praying on us every minute
Get up the whole world resist raise your fist and sing it

Chorus

There’s no justice for the working man
And nothing comes for free to us working men
So much corruption from the wicked man
Cause there’s no jobs out there for us working men
I bet they never worked a day at all
I bet they never worked a day at all

Verse 3

And as the war rages on we scream hasta la Victoria Basta ya brothers and sisters understand you are not alone
And we will stand together right now all united prepared for anything they throw at us can’t wait I’m excited
So so so solidarity at the top of my lungs over megaphones to display
We’re here forever and not going nowhere you can promote your propaganda well we distribute truth

Chorus

Chorus

There’s no justice for the working man
And nothing comes for free to us working men
So much corruption from the wicked man
Cause there’s no jobs out there for us working men
I bet they never worked a day at all
I bet they never worked a day at all

Constant Movement

Written By: 682 Records

Constant Movement (3:09)
Lyrics

Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!

Low prices, low wages
More voices, more cages
No water, no food
Just war, profits over people
They lie about change and don’t discuss the climate
Make stock markets crash so they can buy everything for nothing
Now I’m not here just to get you discouraged
But your hundred dollar shirt was made by children in Honduras
And they can hide behind a billion dollar fence
While we educate the public on what’s really important
Stay strong, or man the fuck up,
We need a revolution, revolution wakes the people up
Corporations run the government
That’s why there’s no answers
So now I stand with my rifle like the black panthers
Organize, mobilize in masses
Leaflets in the streets and protests at the capital
I’m marching on the riot police, cause this is our street
Protect the rich you know you should be here with me.

I hear by declare this to be an unlawful assembly
I order all those assembled to immediately disburse
If you do not disburse, you may be subject to arrest or other police actions

It’s a beautiful day for a riot baby
Take back what’s yours don’t accept the slavery
Time has come man and we will lead not follow
Participate if you want to see tomorrow.

It’s a wonderful day for a riot baby
Take back what’s yours don’t accept the slavery
Time has come man and we will lead not follow
Participate if you want to see tomorrow now

I’ve had to fight from the picket line stormy
And all I got is my union and my family
Constantly in quest for paper it’s a modern day hunt
And I get ripped off just like you every day of the month
It’s a viscous cycle lead by the blind
Worry about themselves, while we’re all left behind
Your government spends your money on tanks
How about we bale out the people
NOT THE BANKS!
Vaccines in our meat, and fluoride in our water
Mother earth is fucking pissed, check the weather
So much injustice, so much manipulations
Praying to a God that don’t exist
Please something give me salvation
Enough intimidation
And in the all and all
I’ll never be just a brick in the wall
This isn’t 84 but big brother’s live and well
He’s in your pocket on your cell phone right now

Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!
Constant! Movement!

It’s a beautiful day for a riot baby
Take back what’s yours don’t accept the slavery
Time has come man and we will lead not follow
Participate if you want to see tomorrow.

It’s a wonderful day for a riot baby
Take back what’s yours don’t accept the slavery
Time has come man and we will lead not follow
Participate if you want to see tomorrow

Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?
Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?
Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?
Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?
Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?
Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?
Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?
Here comes a class war, who’s your allegiance for?

Discography

A New World Disorder - August 30th, 2011