BLXPLTN - Education Destruction
“They said get an education and you’re gonna be alright
Instead I got misinformation they want me to resight
I raise my hand and question what I’m seeing
He said it’s not a lie if you believe it”
Where’s the meaning?
With Austin as their backdrop, BLXPLTN - an Austin, Texas based punk band - uses their gritty music style to push back against what they perceive to be significant flaws in Texan societal values. Driven by care for their city, state and country, BLXPTN has set out to bring to light Austin’s problems as a proxy for those of the state of Texas and nation at large. In "Education Destruction", the focus is on the premise that unfounded societal myths are manufactured by our education system and then repeatedly fed to the people via our grade school education and beyond.
In furtherance of this premise, their lyrics evidence several issues including: historical biases evident in purportedly historical textbooks selected by the state of Texas, false links between educational delinquency and criminality, and media’s influence (in the form of billboards, cable news, etc) on the reinforcement of misinformation.
What is so cathartic for those with whom this song resonates strongly is the biting showcase of emotion behind their belief that the educational system - which is supposed to be supportive of all - has failed its people. This belief is only further heightened by the realization of the immense influence that the education system has on our way of life, morals, and beliefs. In a cathartic appeal to hopelessness when facing the weight of this issue, BLXPLTN smokes, jumps, stomps, and screams their way to presenting a very commonly held belief that perhaps what has been marketed to us as education and the path to success is simply lies and misinformation upon which we have designed our economic system and societal morals.
This single “Education Destruction” was released on 27th October via the band’s label Wolfshield Records. BLXPLTN’s greatly anticipated third album is slated for release within the year.
- Are the selected readings and reinforced activities linked to “success” within education systems reinforcing antiquated, false or misleading beliefs about people, defining morals, leading a successful life, and attaining happiness?
- Through which “lenses” - learned in school and otherwise - do we view ourselves and the world around us? Do they help us see the world more clearly and accurately? Or do they inaccurately distort our views of the world?
P.S If you enjoyed this track, be sure to check out the horror classic, "They Live". It seems to be a clear inspiration on the musicality and visuals behind Education Destruction. In They Live, a drifter finds a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the true world, one being taken over by alien creatures. The main character ends up discovering the media and government are crafting false messages to keep the community subdued. The parallel between the ideas of BLXPLTN and John Carpenter’s message in They Live is clear - society feeds us lies on multiple levels to reinforce and thereby maintain a certain order and lifestyle, but at some point our “glasses” will come off and we will see this ruse for what it is and in the process will discover the hidden reality of the “real world”. Food for thought!
P.S.S If you are interested in BLXPLTN's message, there is going to be an upcoming documentary called "I AM TX" about “Afro-punk musicians exploring what it means to be immersed in a progressive, yet predominantly white, music scene while still having to navigate the world as a person of color.” As a rising Afro-punk band in Austin, BLXPLTN is a great introduction to sound and message of this movement. Watch the trailer here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-am-tx#/