No Handlebars by Flobots

It’s funny. As humans, we have the immense gift of thought. With it, we harness the ability of creation and action, and yet, with creation and just a touch of gunpowder, we find the spark of creation used most often in violence and oppression. This is exactly what “No Handlebars” by Flobots is referring to. Flobots, a hip-hop/indie group, was formed in 2000, and “No Handlebars” was their first and greatest single , hitting 3rd on the modern music billboard of 2008. Like the walk of life, the song’s instruments start off light by introducing the ukulele and a gentle beat symbolizing innocence. However, as the song progresses, heavyset instruments are added as the singer increases their rap speed and the forcefulness in their voice, indicating the quick transformation from innocence to corruption, which is as true as true comes, because corruption today comes as fast as the next note on a musical scale. The singer sings about how creative or destructive we are as humans, but how easy it is to instead fall for “military innovation” rather than fight for something more peaceful, like world hunger, because it’s not seen on the same level of “seriousness” as war is. Frankly, I don’t listen to a lot of rap, and this isn’t necessarily my all-time favourite song, but it does attract me with it’s growing intensity and the singer’s voice while he yells the words of the last part. The sudden, angry transition after the trumpet solo is enough to keep me listening to it for hours, and I’ve even caught myself walking to the rapid beat once or twice. This song has left a lasting impression with it’s meaning, and more simply it’s rhythm and sound, but it always manages to keep me on my toes. It’s powerful in this way, and despite the fact that we are humans, and military innovation will still trump creation for a while yet, the world is changing, and the future is, in fact, uncertain. No science can predict when people will decide to let creation overpower destruction, but with people willing to challenge destruction through songs like this, it’s just a matter of time, really.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s