We are legion: The Whistleblower
“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.”
– Guy Fawkes
Two years ago we had an idea for a song: What if we took what metal bands like Iron Maiden and Nightwish made with their epic songs like ‘Rainmaker’ and ‘The Kinslayer’ and mixed with the punk elements that made up our own music both in terms of musicality and themes?
Gonzo, our band’s lead guitar player, had these amazing, fast and melodic riffs hanging about and I had an idea of using the term ‘The Whistleblower’ as a modern remake of epic hero sagas except instead of being fictional it was based in the reality of our times? It would be influenced by V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, Wikileaks, and the Guy Fawkes mask-wearing group Anonymous/Occupy movements.
As the song progressed it became more a hymn we wrote influenced by quotes by Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and some of the mottos Anonymous uses like “We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget’”. It became a hymn that dealt with personal freedom, government corruption, the change of the current world due to information doubling and our discontent for mainstream culture and its torchbearers.
Mateo Camargo, who produced the song, had some interesting ideas to give the chorus an extra push and gave us some ideas for harmonies and for some extras like the trumpets you hear on the song, which sound a lot to me like an spaghetti western gone punk rock.We wrote this song with a huge amount of passion, with a connection with a song from our past album called ‘Against the stream’. In the end we hope everyone has a chance to hear the song, get inspired by its message and/or music and maybe help us sing it if they like it enough at our gigs.
– Kami Rayne (lead singer)
The screams are ringing louder, grey faced men hold the gates
The media kings & queens burn out our spirits
with their games & lies, kill off our dreams
But we don’t forgive & we won’t forget
Knowledge is always free, & its time to break through
We are no longer cattle to push around
& now we’re coming for you
We are legion
We are revelation
Breaking your rules
Burning your gates
You can’t stop us now
You can’t silence the whistle
You can’t put the world in jail
Can’t put the world in jail
No more comfort food for the masses
No more sugar rush for the weak minded
No more kings in the lands of the blinded
No veils of corruption will stoop us fighting
You can’t stop us cause you can’t see us
We are everyone & we are everywhere
We won’t settle for regrets this time
because tonight, we will stand till the very end.