Bitter Lake is the soundtrack to a movement against fascism, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, climate destruction, and the oppressive neoliberal agenda. Their latest track, "Rat Food," is no exception. In a world where everything is decried as "fake news" and the only agenda that finds constant success is that of the one percent, Bitter Lake proclaims the truth of the masses.
"Rat Food" begins with a slow and somber bass line and feedback. A melancholic guitar weaves around the bass, setting the dystopian atmosphere of the track. After almost two minutes, the bottom falls out and the metal begins - an angry response to the first part of the song. Dissonant, loud, yet groovy, Bitter Lake's energy soars as Jason Myles screams. Once the message is delivered, the band deposits the listener back to the first riff, a reminder of the situation and message of the song:
"I want to pivot to A REAL state of emergency in the US. One that doesn’t talk about walls and invaders. Our homeless problem [...] I live across from one of the largest homeless encampments in the city of Oakland. Nestled in the bowels of the lower bottoms of West Oakland, CA. I have seen this thing grow exponentially over the last few years. The camp looks like an outlaw city. Made of rubble filled with mostly older people. The rising tide of gentrification has forced these people out of their homes due to rising housing costs, coupled with an inability to find adequate employment to live on, you have quite a disaster on your hands. People living in burnt out cars and RV’s, graffiti covered tents, pallet houses, shopping cart dwellings, all existing among a rising sea of trash. People are still attempting to exist in this post apocalyptic nightmare of humanity. Forging a life, somehow, by any means necessary. " - Jason Myles
Survive no shelter
Survive the starvation
Survive the poison
We are all poisoned
They got us trapped like
Verse 2 from “Rat Food”
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