Point Five

Point Five

 Pasadena, California, USA
BandAlternativeHip Hop

Point Five is an in-your-face, west-coast-hip-hop-flavored, modern/alternative rock band on a mission of social justice and community involvement. Through every song, their message of "Apathy is The Enemy" is driven home with heavy beats, hard-funk bass lines, and blazing guitar.

Biography

With two simultaneous wars and potential for more, rising costs of living, polarizing belief systems, distrust of authority, we are still now more than a generation away from the last major youth rebellion, and it has been fifteen years since the American culture has had more than a smattering of musical acts giving us clear social commentary in their music. However, with marches over immigration, protesting about the wars in the Middle East, and an ever increasing cultural war brewing to a boiling point between liberals and conservatives, the second half of this first decade of the millennium looks to be tumultuous, and like previous social renewals, the music is an integral part of the mood. A mood intensely captured when Point Five blasts out of the speakers as a fervent rally cry, a call to arms for those who want to see justice, who want to take a stand. The Point Five album Apathy is the Enemy is a series of easily digested editorial pieces set to pounding, smacking, teeth-clenching grooves.

Point Five is a message band, they have a purpose and an agenda, and as they let you know in the aptly titled song “Mission Statement” they are “unabashed, unafraid, unintimidated” about it. Point Five’s message is simple: Oppression will be defeated when, and only when, “the citizens” rise up and defeat it (“We can cry, we can moan, we can pitch a fit / We can bitch about corruption and all that s*** / When it’s time to take a stand we’re a little slow / But then ‘I don’t give a damn’ seems to be our motto” from the title song). These underlying themes lay the foundation for an album that touches on topics that include economic extremes, war, political manipulation, and personal and artistic responsibility. Point Five is intelligent without pretentiousness, opinionated without divisiveness, and through their intensity, they are hopeful.

Sonically, Point Five has a “palatable ferocity.” In the hot moments they explode out of the speakers, raw and relentless, reminiscent of Public Enemy at the summit of their power stewed thick with guitar-laden viciousness redolent of early Clash. In the cooler moments, Point Five simmers with a burgeoning passion that growls through gritted teeth. No matter the temperature, Point Five is never very far away from thumping, smacking, west coast-influenced funk that makes the rear view mirror in your vehicle vibrate.

Point Five’s primary objective is to tattoo the truth in the listener’s mind in a memorable fashion, tapping into the audience’s innate desire to live in a better world. There is a grass roots force out there that doesn’t believe that current social/political policies serve the best interest of the world; he/she wants global equity and justice for all (not just all Americans). Where are this market slice’s artists today? Where is this latest generation’s Clash, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, or Sting? Other than a few music acts here and there, most recent attempts at social commentary have seemed calculated and shallow. A generation of younger adults is searching for a real voice and they are savvy enough to discern between the bands who merely say something and those who mean it. It is actually important to the members of Point Five that they make a difference. Point Five possesses the voice that many will openly declare expresses their internal sentiment.

Lyrics

Servin' Notice

Written By: Thomas Emerson Jr

^It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands
^It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous, we’re dangerous

^Just when it all seemed like a bad dream
^ Point Five has arrived on the scene
Shockin’, smack-talkin’ beats-droppin’
Citizens flockin’ stadiums rockin’
Never stoppin’, this assault to your senses
^steam rollin’ these drums ‘til it weakens the de-
fenses, it’s the beginning of a new revolt
^and the return of the noise is the end result
^the alarm is ringin’, the rooster is
singin’ and artists need to wake up and start bringin’
^back some urgency, we ‘bout to mobilize
^and it’s time for these punks to apologize
^for puttin’ out that saccharine corporate kiddie pop
^takin’ money to prostitute hip-hop and
modern rock and roll, so, we’re postin’ e-
viction papers citin’ lack of soul we’re servin’
Notice………….we’re servin’
Notice………….we’re servin’
Notice………….we’re servin’
Notice…………. We’re

In a position, the mike is a weapon, the
Words are the ammunition, but all we’re gettin’ is
Calculated candy-ass cookie-cutter views on
Flossin’ and sexin’ and adolescent issues
^talkin’ all that smack but ain’t sayin’ nothing
^fantasies about life without repercussion
^videos to showcase some T&A
^Daytime porn for preteens to masturbate
^Point Five is here to slice it out with surgical pre-
cision, a new vision, we ain’t ‘bout to be
pigeon-holed it’s a decision, to be vision-
ary, flexin’ more power than any politician
^watch ‘em tremble as our flag’s unfurled, challenge
me? We’ll see if rap and roll can’t change the world
^give ‘em the squeeze as we close our musical fist
^and make an offer they can’t resist, we're servin’
Notice………….we’re servin’
Notice………….we’re servin’
Notice………….we’re servin’
Notice…………. We’re servin’

Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and
[Sample - I'm-a tell you like it is, I won't fool ya]

^There’s a war goin’ on the pop charts
^’tween the real song writers and the pop tarts
^’tween the real beat-rockers and the kiddie show
^and these pop music whores have got to go
^’cuz half-a-these little punks are basically hookers
^gettin’ pimped and replaced with their cream and sugar
^leavin’ a legacy, of a nostalgic
laugh, in twenty years, when VH-1 looks back
^but now it’s time to get back to some earth-shakin’
^bone breakin’ no fakin’, house
quakin’, time for a paradigm shift in the
motivation, within the music nation
^so crank the volume up, Point Five’s here to
raise the bar, no more settlin’ just for par
^separate the real stars from those who just
think they are, get the feathers and tar, We’re servin’
notice We’re servin’

Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and
[Sample - I'm-a tell you like it is, I won't fool ya] We’re servin’

Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and we’re
dangerous with the mike in our hands, We’re Servin’
Notice, It’s Point Five takin’ a stand and
[Sample - I'm-a tell you like it is, I won't fool ya]

Apathy Is the Enemy

Written By: Thomas Emerson Jr

^Turn it up it’s time we get some more volume
^It’s like America is living in a vacuum
^Holdin’ out, happy listenin’ to that tune
^Lettin others plan our lives in a back room

^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy

^I look around I can’t believe we just accept this
^We hold our noses and we wallow in unfairness
^They show us jewels, let us drool and they bought us
^Easy pickin’s ‘cuz the schools never taught us

^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy

^It's like all of our pride focused on our cars
^It's like all of our focus is on movie stars
^We get all caught up in diversions all the while
^We just take like a punk and then give a smile

^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy

^Now we can gain independence from the rat cage
^But we don’t know cuz it’s buried on the last page
^People suffer, people die, we don’t lend a hand
^People beat us people cheat us, we don’t give a damn

^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy

^Now we can cry, we can moan, we can pitch a fit
^We can bitch about corruption and all that spit
^But when it’s time to take a stand we’re a little slow
^But then “I don’t give a damn” seems to be our motto
^So while we spend our lives gettin’ high, gettin’
laid, tryin’ to be the coolest superstar gettin’ paid
^We let those we bitch about just manipulate
^Tell when we gonna learn what’s it gonna take

^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy

^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy

^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy
^Apathy is the Enemy

What If I (Intro)

Written By: Thomas Emerson Jr

I
Scope up the eyes of a man I’m supposed to de-
spise but like mine they can blink & cry, you know he’s
just some guy who want’s the same things from life that we
All do just to be secure with those who we
Love, a life in peace at least and knowing that we
Can provide for our kids and our families
^I know like me he looks up at the same sky
^and ponders his existence and wonders why

^but now I’m supposed to aim and squeeze, and put a
bullet right through all of his hopes and dreams and his
plans for the future just gone in a flash all the
things he would bring to this world are just trashed this is
crazy, I don’t even know this man, but I
signed on the line that says I’d blow this man’s
brains out, watchin’ as the blood drains out
^in my mind, no I’ll never get the stains out

^yeah I think that his leader’s an ass, but I’m
not all that thrilled with mine, it’s hard for me to
find the upside, I ain’t seein’ any sign
^I ain’t buyin’ that our freedom is on the line
^too much money involved, too much going on be-
hind the scenes, there ain’t nobody’s hands are clean
^and all the talkin’ head try to explain and I
hear what they say, but it looks like a power play

^and I’m a stick in the hands of the generals
^rollin’ to the front line at regular intervals
^rev me up so I can feel invincible
^wantin me to believe we are the pinnacle
^but all the pep talks, and all the sand
bags, and all the humvees, and all the wavin’
flags don’t make me blind to the facts that I’m seein’, no-
body ‘round here has a clue when we’ll be leavin’

^we jumped into this swamp hip-deep, since I
been here, I haven’t had a full nights sleep, I gotta
feelin’ it’ll be a good while ‘til I’m home, this
war’s like an addiction but we don’t have any methadone

^if we pack up and go, we leave behind a wreck
^if we stay than the resistance grows unchecked
^every answer is wrong every place we go
^every body treatin’ this like it’s a TV
show, here we are the aggressor, how many
billions in this world are callin’ us the oppressor, I
signed up so I could protect my way of livin’, not
satisfy the whims of some bought off politicians

^and now it still comes back to the guy in my
sights I got a read on, takin’ a bead on, I
know if he saw me first he’s put me down, I’m
pissed ‘cuz I feel that I’m forced to pop a round
^another life cut short up in this horror show
he and I coulda been friends for all I know I
wonder if he has kids, I wonder what his plans
are for the futu--------

What If I

Written By: Thomas Emerson

[What if I]
Really don’t buy that our hearts in the right place
^This time it’s not a cause I can embrace
^the motivation for this invasion
never was the good of the nation [What if I]

Disagree, don’t trust the vision
I love my country but it ain’t my religion
Things I hear don’t match the things I see so we’re
Losin’ credibility with me
[What if I]

Don’t buy this the way it’s sold, what if I
Don’t see things the way I’m told, what if I
Feel like I’m bein’ mislead, feel like I’m
Seein’ red, feel like I’m bein’ bled,

[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to kill

[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to kill
[What if I]

Think that the choices being made are mistakes, with
Long term effects we keep raisin’ the stakes
World shakes, how can I join this parade when I
Feel like a game’s being played [What if I]

Wrestle with this constantly, in my mind
^Imagine future lookin’ back at this place and time
Will it be worth it, will we understand, when
People end up missin’ legs and hands [What if I]

Feel like I’m viewed as expendable when the
Underlying reasons aren’t really defendable
^What is the real cause what is the sense can we
really justiy callin’ this defense

[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to kill
[What if I]
Think it’s the start of the end what if this is the
Part where we bend ‘til we break at the heart come a-
part at the seems and it seems it’s because poli-
ticians have political schemes, a means of con-
trol, ‘cuz you know that we want to maintain a par-
ticular vein, ‘cuz we don’t want to be payin’ any
More, so we force friendly deals from the source actin’
Shocked when the people want recourse [What if I]

Think that we’re out of control, am I s’pose to just
Turn a blind eye let the tanks roll, say nothin
^Put on my game face with my chest puffin’
^Just block it out and rush in, [What if I]

Don’t believe in my soul, what if I
grieve in my soul can you tell me I ain’t
cheatin’ my soul if I just shut up, do my job, and let
that be my excuse when I’m meeting God

[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to kill

[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to kill

[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to kill

[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to pull the trigger
[What if I] am I still supposed to DIE!!!

Real Americans

Written By: Thomas Emerson

[Real Americans] fight for rights for those who lack the
might, help the slight smite their foes
[Real Americans] Know that the good of the planet
supercedes the supposed needs of our greed
[Real Americans] Admit to mistakes of the past, set it
right, no matter what it takes, make it last
[Real Americans] Build up what they break down, after the
take down, make sure intervention ain’t a shake down

^Real Americans demand equality
^Real Americans want justice globally
^Real Americans provide for those with less
^Real Americans will fight for the oppressed

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

[Real Americans] believe compassion never goes out of
fashion regardless of how much they cash in
[Real A-mericans] don’t tax the poor to pay the rich the
poor pay enough and more, every stitch and
[Real A-mericans] don’t let patriotic double-talk cloud their
vision, they look at facts and make decisions
[Real A-mericans] know that blood is red know that
skin is thin, don’t judge the skin someone is in

^Real Americans demand equality
^Real Americans want justice globally
^Real Americans provide for those with less
^Real Americans will fight for the oppressed

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

[Real Americans] stand and face the truth embrace the
proof and then stake a place in the booth
[Real Americans] dig beneath the sound bites,
outside the gun sights, behind the bright lights
[Real Americans] look at the long term, evaluate and
discern, may make mistakes but they learn
[Real Americans] know it takes a person, a village, a
city, a nation, a planet, goddammit.

^Real Americans demand equality
^Real Americans want justice globally
^Real Americans provide for those with less
^Real Americans will fight for the oppressed

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
^I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
I want to see real Americans [Stand Up]
What happened to real Americans

Discography

"Apathy Is The Enemy" LP, Urgency Media 2007

Set List

Typical Set List:

Show Intro
Apathy Is the Enemy (intro)
Apathy Is the Enemy
Time For Some Action

...break - talk to audience...

Real Americans
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (cover with new lyrics)
Mission Statement

...break - talk to audience...

What If I (Intro)
What If I

...break - talk to audience...

Servin' Notice

If Things Don't Change (Encore)