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Sunday, September 30, 2018

JAM OF THE WEEK: 9/30/2018

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Break The Contradictions" by Man With A Mission

Man With A Mission are the Jam Of The Week again, and this is another one you can blame on Owen.

I was telling him on Discord about how Little Boots was a previous JOTW, and recommended him a few recent bands I was into, like Studio Killers, Mystery Skulls and Man With A Mission. MWAM he was familiar with, as it was the theme song for the G1 Climax, New Japan Pro Wrestling's major tournament. There's no music video here to really talk about, just some NJPW footage. It's great, and that scene has me way more interested than what's going on in the WWE.

On to the song itself: Man With A Mission knows how to build. First, the bass riff. Now, it's a mighty fine riff, and you could ride on that for quite a while. But then come the kick drums that sound like the rest of the song is about to burst out of the ground. In come the snares to round out the beat, and the first verse begins. I want to give Tokyo Tanaka credit here: for a band that's primarily Japanese, the guy can do a solid rap in English, and his delivery becomes stacatto, it makes each syllable hit like a bullet. Everything fade out before the chorus, save for the hard hitting precussion, and then:

WHENEVER YOU ARE DOWN BELOW
YOU WANNA GO HIGH
YOU WANNA GO LOW
BREAK THE CONTRADICTIONS!

WOOOOOO!!!!!

Just when you think it get into a flow you can follow, at 3:22 in, the DJ goes absolutely nuts! The only other song where the bridge is this disparate and made me just as hype, was "Get Up" by Unwritten Law.

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