By Lucy Mullinger
Marching to the beat of their own drum, Alien8’s album, which was four years in the making, is pure genius. Beginning with a moody piece that could easily be the background music to a battlefield stampede, the next track leads on to a short radio track of George Bush talking about freedom and ends with American comedian George Carlin simply stating, “You have owners. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it,” which pretty much sums up the underlying message behind the title song. Obey discusses the general human race’s expectations to “shut your mouth and follow” the ruling class. The CD goes on to discuss the wars in Gaza and our backyards. Balanced and clean mixing keeps the hardworking rhythm section (Jason Hotton on drums and Age Ayson bass) and gats clearly behind Shaun Cawston’s own driving vocals when that’s appropriate. Produced and mixed by guitarist Jared Wilkinson, this is both a great rock album by five talented Wellington musicians, and like much good rock music, a call to arms against the establishment.