VIVA MAYDAY

VIVA MAYDAY

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockReggae

VIVA MAYDAY Supports: www.ny2no.com www.theirc.org www.freewestpapua.org

Biography

The socially-charged and rock-reggae infused band, VIVA MAYDAY, is a New York City trio that is as politically conscious as they are musically inclined. Jafe Paulino (lead vocals/guitar), Duke Hoover (bass/vocals), and Gian Stone (drums/vocals) come together in a blend of strong rhythms and harmony to produce powerful, inspiring tracks. As their energy fuels each performance, crowds stomp to signature beats and sing along to ear-catching melodies.

After three years of writing music and performing at NYC venues including Club Coda, Knitting Factory, Lion’s Den, and Arlene’s Grocery, the trio has produced a solid foundation of music. Their new self-titled album, released May 1, 2008, embodies the social and political themes the band strives to bring to their audiences. Whether it’s the disaster of Hurricane Katrina or the genocide in West Papua, VIVA MAYDAY uses their music as a voice for social justice.

NOTE: In early 2008, the bands efforts to try and put on the best live show possible was rewarded when they were invited to play alongside Living Colour, The Family Stand, Early Greyhound, and Daniella Cotton at a MoveOn.org Benefit Concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Lyrics

Hey General

Written By: VIVA MAYDAY

“Hey General”

Won’t you realize at last
The man before you haunts you from your past
See it was your gun that took the life of his son
Now as he hold the shining metal
To the far side of your head
He says, “There’s a chance to spare your life and your not as good as dead”

Now I don’t mean to pry
But can you tell me why
We run in fear
From the shadows you cast here
And I don’t mean to pry
But can you tell me why
You can’t see that we fond our lives

So back into the shoes of another
As that child clings for protection in its mother
See the father and the brother
Were shot down by another
You call his acts a crime
But if you take the time
He’ll feed you the same line
The line embedded in his mind
Be kind, look at the sign, and see he is not fine
For the UN white and blue
Has not revealed the truth
Now he swears he’s fighting for you

Now I don’t mean to pry
But can you tell me why
We run in fear
From the shadows you cast here
And I don’t mean to pry
But can you tell me why
You can’t see that we fond our lives

Yeah I don’t mean to pry
But can you tell me why
We run in fear
From the shadows you cast here
And I don’t mean to pry
But can you tell me why
You can’t see that we fond our lives

Whoa the little boy screamed
He thought he heard but it wasn’t what it seemed
For the way to truth is through its key
But there you won’t find me just a manifest destiny
To the left (to the left) a genocide recipe
Just mix and stir with the right faces in the right places
And you’ll see what I mean
Oh they’ll make you plea
Yeah they’ll make you plea
Singing

Hey General
Won’t you give me this chance?
Can’t you see that I’m begging you?
At last, so
Hey General
Won’t you put me in the front line?
Can’t you see its time for me to fight?
For others lives

So go.

Fidel

Written By: Jafe Paulino & Duke Hoover

"Fidel"?

Oh I've sang to the father
To the heavens we need not wander
No, we won't go in vain today
We hope to fight no more forever
Yet the torture we must endeavor
For much to our dismay the sergeant says:

We are forced to fight the war machine
For the sake of our liberty
Won't you rise up to the tyranny?
Of our blood filled democracy

Pass the gun shells and the mortar blasts
Oh the answers are falling fast
As the bodies of the troopers get colder
In Guantanamo we fall today

Through Fidel we voice our stand
While detainees fill the sand
By the Naval Base they round to the ground
Listen up while the commander speaks
Telling us that of which we seek
But truth of their torture will never be found

We are forced to fight the war machine
For the sake of our liberty
Won't you rise up to the tyranny?
Of our blood filled democracy

Pass the gun shells and the mortar blasts
Oh the answers are falling fast
As the bodies of the troopers get colder
In Guantanamo we fall

Today
Oh but I hear him say:

V-I-V-A-L-A-R-E-V-O-L-U-C-I-O-N-Y-G-U-A-N-T-A-N-A-M-O

Set Them Free

Written By: Jafe Paulino

"Set Them Free"?

With their things at their sides
Won't you move out East?
To where all death will forever lay
Over the hills I see
Past the lies and hate
A family of care no longer afraid

Whoa oh oh

Dear Mr. Inquirer
Don't you sit and pass the day
For what is said on this hour of this day
Can save one, or many lives, which are weak

But be careful to what you say
For your time is not served
Oh the hangman's tree awaits
For your final words
And the wife you've been living for
And son, have grown old
At what cost will we all go?

Whoa oh oh

Dear Mr. Inquirer
Don't you sit and drink the day away
For what is said on this hour of this day
Can save one, or families that are weak

But be careful to what you say
For your time is not served
Oh the hangman's tree awaits
For your final words
And the wife you've been living for
And son, have grown old
At what cost will we all go?

So won't you
Stand up to them all without haste
And resist
Resist for the souls that they take
From West Nethers
Take leave gentle sir
And become conscious of what has been done

But be careful to what you say
For your time is not served
Oh the hangman's tree awaits
For your final words
And the wife you've been living for
And son, have grown old
At what cost will we all go?

Whoa oh oh

Set them free
From this pain let them go
Don't let them die
All alone

IRC

Written By: Jafe Paulino

"IRC"

Across the nations there is smiling boy
Due to the aide of one
A victim of war by the age of 10
Due to the hate of some
But oh how he feared all the shadowed men
This boy they take at night
The watch on the Congo they're sending relief
Responding to their cries
Oh the

IRC
I've sent an SOS to you all
To come and save
This family
IRC
Hear my SOS to you all
To come and save
This family

Across the nations there's a smiling girl
Due to the love of one
A girl with no one by the age of 10
But oh how she feared all the shadowed men
That come through the night
The watch on the Congo they're sending relief
Responding to their cries
Oh the

IRC
I've sent an SOS to you all
To come and save
This family

Here they've found my SOS to all
Here they've killed them, for a believed greater cause
But oh hear them calling, mothers they once were
No longer they are for nobody heard their cries
[saying]

Someone please
(Out there) respond to my call
This SOS
Was meant for you

Discography

Debut LP: "VIVA MAYDAY" - 10 Original Tracks. (Available on iTunes)
Acoustic EP: "Red Sun EP" - 4 Original Acoustic Tracks.

Set List

Setlist are as long as the time given to play. We can play from 20 minutes to over an hour, and our happy to do either. Our sets consist of songs from albums, as well as many unreleased songs.

Released:
Hey General
Set Them Free
Coup d'Etat
Fidel
Missionaries
IRC
Warhorses
1963 Motorcade
We Will All
Rife of Cavalries

Unreleased:
Crooked Man
Bay of Pigs
Rebuild
100 Years War
Gunner's Claim
Militia
Burning In
Animal
40 Thieves
The Ballad of Sally Day
Gideon's Ghost

Acoustic:
Red Sun
From I
Be Gone In The Wind

We do some covers every once in awhile, those being: Santeria by Sublime, Eye of the Tiger Tease, London Calling by The Clash, and Here We Go by Dispatch.