former Wall Street wizard turned whistleblower and
one time L.A. studio guitarist, experienced the B.S.
he now writes about firsthand. He escaped with his
soul intact and lives the ethos he learned at UC
Berkeley where he learned to Question The Status
Quo, UC Berkeley Haas School’s #1 defining
principle. His lyrics expose the dirty dealings at
the pinnacles of power.
Joining Belkin on his
musical mission are Steve Newton (bass) Joe Doria
(rock organ master) and contributing drummer Brendan
Hill (Blues Traveler). Wake Up America is a surgical
strike against dumbed-down establishment music.
About the Album: With the release of their searing,
socially conscious 15-track manifesto “Wake Up
America” singer-songwriter Michael Belkin and his
eclectic, high energy Seattle based band The
Refusers declare war on dumb music.
the band’s mission statement, “Born to Rock”
unleashes a clarion call to “speak truth to power.”
Title track “Wake Up America” is a classic rock
anthem, probing “illusion vs. truth, where money
buys the government, media twists the news, lawyers
destroy justice, doctors destroy health and
lobbyists steal democracy.”
“Who Is The World
For?” sheds light on the stark wealth inequality
between the 1% and the working poor, while “American
Dream” laments the fact that immigrants and college
graduates alike are struggling as their dream
becomes a “Ponzi scheme.” “U R What U Eat” tackles
the alarming obesity epidemic, while Big Pharma Pimp
hilariously and bitingly criticizes our pathetic
over-dependence on prescribed drugs.
Wall Street fat cats and the Federal Reserve on
“Bubble People,” then on “2 Big 2 Fail” knocks the
fact that banks and corporations get bailed out
while the 99% struggle to survive. “Shop Until You
Drop” finds him shaking his head at mass
overconsumption and our foolish belief that having
more stuff is some sort of panacea for our problems.
“Hang The Bankers” speaks to the core of The
Refusers’ populist message. The pendulum is swinging
against obscene greed and Belkin’s song Backlash
says ‘the world is run by sociopaths, there’s gonna
be a backlash.’ The Refusers are on a mission to
wake Americans up to a future free of the corrupting
influence of Wall Street, Big Media and Big Pharma.
Joining Belkin on his musical mission are Steve
Newton (bass) Joe Doria (rock organ master) and
contributing drummer Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler).
Wake Up America is a surgical strike against
dumbed-down establishment music.
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