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Failed State Jukebox: 'That's Why I Drink' by Sovereign Citizen and the Non-Prophets

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Sovereign Citizen and the Non-Prophets

Sovereign Citizen and the Non-Prophets

At the risk of inflating their streaming numbers, Failed State Jukebox brings you some of the most audacious (and absurd) examples of far-right, populist, and dystopian pop music.

Sovereign citizens are members of a bizarre subculture who question the legitimacy of laws, taxes, and often the government itself. Many people share this philosophical stance, but sovereign individuals justify it with a nonsensical interpretation of the law derived from far-right extremists. For instance, they might believe that if they don't carry their driver's license, traffic laws don't apply to them. Or that they can merely opt out of paying income taxes by notifying the IRS via certified mail. It would be funny if sovereign citizens didn't end up in shootouts with the police so damn much.

Sovereign Citizen and the Non-Prophets, a seven-piece band from Spokane Valley, Washington, doesn't seem to be particularly political, but its lyrical subject matter sort of wallows in the militarized environment we've all found ourselves living in. For instance, the following is from a song called "Virtue Signals."

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Virtue, virtue
I've been living on the sunny side
of the war crimes of my mind

Virtue, virtue
I've been throwing out the warning signs
of the war crimes of my mind

The group refers to its sound as "cowboy-grunge" and "metal grass," which I suppose is a way to avoid saying that it sounds like Creed. By far, the most amusing thing about the band is the steampunk costumes. I suppose it's supposed to look dystopian, but the effect is — well, I'll let you decide for yourself...