Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Aztlan Underground Has Some Advice

Our Nature by Joe Galarza of AUG
The Aztlan Underground boys are back with a new single and some advice for those of you feeling a bit suppressed. Their new single called Our Nature is about the beauty of spring, rebirth, reproduction, and our very own natural calling to procreate. It is being released on March 20, 2012, the Spring Equinox.

“Society often dictates that sexuality and procreation are to be narrowly addressed in the confines of certain people’s belief systems, but we feel that does not and should not apply to everyone,” said lead vocalist Yaotl. “Those of us that walk in the natural, Indigenous spirit world understand that the act of reproduction should be celebrated, honored, and enjoyed.”

The retro/gothic sound of the new single takes the band in a fresh and intriguing musical direction while keeping true to the original Aztlan Underground sound. The dark tones in the single seek to juxtapose the darkness and negativity associated with the natural occurrence of sex with lyrics that praise the act as an essential part of life itself.

The song was inspired by women artists--- punk-electronica singer Hanin Elias and printmaker/digital artist Favianna Rodriguez Gianonni ---both of whom espouse voracious political messages. After looking up Hannin, I became a fan. She totally rocks! See her video that helped to inspire the song below. Favianna’s most-recent work is a direct response to the current Republican Presidential candidates' assault on women’s rights. Check out her blog on "Slut Positivity".

“We looked to our sisters in the struggle for inspiration on this song. Earth is female, our mother, and if we punish and impose our will on her, she will react and lash out, just like many of the outspoken women of today, demanding to be heard. We have a lot to learn if only we would listen or pay the consequences that nature will reap. It’s all about balance, the ying and yang, the spring equinox,” said Yaotl.

The darkness vs light conflict is embodied in the spring equinox which witnesses the equal balance of day and night on this day. It represents the male and female forces, procreation, and new beginnings. Springtime brings an outburst of life and a chance to begin again. The band also looked to the Mayan Tzolkin calendar where the days of the spring equinox support the idea of renewal with greater wisdom and stronger grasp on one’s purpose. 

Check out the Just Released Video

Our Nature Lyrics
Hedonism permeates motivations
Human condition
Underlying lust
Feels good admit it
Immersion diversion
Swim in the liquid zoo
Feel the sensations
Of procreation 2x
The director we all ignore
Yet honor in our private lives 2x
The profane is also the sacred!!
The sacred and profane
Villainize creation with shame
The director we all ignore
Yet honor in our private lives 2x
For without it we wouldn’t exist-repeat
Biological mechanisms
Animal proof
Walking molecular structures
Animal proof
Scientific organisms
Animal proof
In the end
Don’t feel shame
Don’t feel shame
Don’t feel shame
Embrace affirm insight
Incite! Insight!!

So their advice: Don't listen to backwards mensos like Santorum, Romney, Limbaugh, Gingrich and any other Republican male with a microphone attacking women's rights. Sex is sacred, fun, and feels good! So, go ahead, relax, and enjoy it. It's just our nature.  
Our Nature is available online starting March 20 on:

Also check out more wikid artwork by bassist Joe Galarza at joegalarza.deviantart.com

Check out Hanin Elias' City Lights

Recent artwork by Favianna

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