A Darker Ambition – 2017 Album by Fighting This Monster
New Dark Age – Fighting This Monster
This wasn’t a song directly about Brexit, but it was being written going into the vote in the UK. At the same time, debates were taking place in the USA about Donald Trump’s potential leadership campaign to be President.
I’ve always had a fascination with political ideas and how they shape the messages that are given to us. Clearer, throughout history, there are those who have seized upon a given set of circumstances and had the ability to persuade others about the path to follow, sometimes for good and other times with extreme consequences.
The lyrics reflect a feeling that traditional politics are slowly being rejected, but it’s not certain what will replace them. It’s not supposed to be pessimistic, but asks the question about what comes next – and whether we are headed towards a time that makes it more likely that those with more extreme ideologies will capture the hearts and minds of more and more people.
The Ripple Effect – Fighting This Monster
There were a couple of films that gave me a starting point for this one, both starring Matt Damon. The first was ‘Good Will Hunting’ where, during an interview, an answer is given about how one decision can multiply in terms of its consequences. The second was ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ and the idea of ripples occurring as someone doesn’t follow their predicted plan.
Taking the above, I tried to think about someone reflecting on something that they’d done, such as telling a ‘white’ lie and the impact of this. I like the idea that the ‘ripple’ might not be immediate, but gather momentum as time passes. The fact that the person that the song is centred on has a level of insight proves to be a mixed blessing. They end up altering their approach to life but have to live with the knowledge of the chaos unleashed through their action.