INSURGENCY

by DISPOSSESSED

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This album was created on the lands of the Cadigal, Bidigal Gumbaynggirr and Dharuk people. Who’s sovereignty has never ceded of the sacred lands that now lay devastated upon invasion.

This album is our first release as a band as of roughly last September.
As a collective of disenfranchised peoples of different identities and orientations disgusted with the zeitgeist of society, the illusion of where progress is leading and the apathy of our surroundings. Our enemy is the colonial, white supremacist, capitalist, cis-heteropatriarchy framework that we are all dispossessed in some way shape or form. Therefore our mutual emancipation towards freedom and justice is bound within our own struggles.

OUR MANIFESTO
WE ARE THE SURVIVORS OF GENOCIDE ACROSS TIME
SPIRITUAL WARRIORS
OUR SOVEREIGNTY IS IRREFUTABLE, OUR HUMANITY DENIED
FROM THE ASHES OF THE EARTH WE WRITE, WE PAINT, WE MARK THE WORLD
GIVE NEW LIFE TO THE VOICES OF THE DEAD,
THOSE WHO ONCE SPOKE BEFORE THEY WERE COMMITTED TO THE RIVER OF BLOOD -
WE CARVE THEIR WORDS INTO THE CONCRETE SKIN OF BEASTS

OUR FREEDOM IS OUR LIFEBLOOD, WRITTEN INTO US FROM THE WOMB
WITH THE FIRE FROM THE HEAVENS SUNG WITHIN
SLAY YOUR OPPRESSORS OF BODIES AND MINDS
NO ONE IS FREE UNTIL EVERYONE IS FREE

FROM THE SMOKE OF THE DEPTHS OF HELL BEACONS THE CRY OF ALL PEOPLE, HELD UNDER DESPOTIC RULE WE REALISE THE WORTH OF OUR SOULS, OUR PLACE IN THE STARS AMONGST OUR SLEEPING ANCESTORS, WHO WALK WITH US

WE SET OUT TO SLAY OUR OPPRESSORS OF BODIES AND MINDS
TO MARCH TO WAR WITH THE SPIRIT OF TIME OUR TIME IS NOW, COME STAND WITH US AS WE FIGHT FOR LAND AND WATER
A SACRED RESPONSIBILITY TO ALL,
AS NO ONE IS FREE UNTIL EVERYONE IS FREE
THE FREQUENCIES OF LIBERATION THAT RING WITHIN,
WHICH SIDE WILL YOU BE ON
INTERROGATE YOURSELF, DESTROY YOUR SHACKLES OF MENTAL SLAVERY
THE DANGER TO OUR FUTURE IS APATHY,
COMPLACENCY
ACCEPTANCE OF THE WAY OF THINGS,
OF WHAT GIFTS HAS PROGRESS BROUGHT US

WE HOPE FOR A WORLD OF PEACE, STABILITY AND HARMONY FOR OUR MOTHER
A TIME WHEN THE DANGER TO NEXT SEVEN GENERATIONS IS RELINQUISHED
A TIME WHEN WORDS WE CHOKED DOWN FOR CENTURIES ARE SHOUTED FROM HILLTOPS
WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT AND THE BOAT IS SINKING
UNTIL THEN WE ARE ALL DISPOSSESSED

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released April 17, 2016

Recorded by Lachlan Vercoe on the sacred lands of the Cadigal-Wangal people.

Jarrod Smith: Drums
Serwah Ama Gyekyewah Bianca Attafuah: Guitar
Birrugan Dunn-Velasco: Guitar

Translations: Baabaga Larry Hancock

Wayfarer sung by Baabaga Ciaron Dunn

Special Thanks to Aunty Jenny, Uncle Ken, Aunty Cheryl, Lachlan Vercoe, Larry Hancock, Muurbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative, Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Grandmas Against Removal, Brisbane Blacks, Aboriginal Freedom Fighters, Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance,Tatiana Velasco, Ciaron Dunn, Rosanna, Stephen, Elizabeth Jarrett, Felon Mason, Maria Clague, Kai Clancy, Amanda, Djamila, Roxley Foley, Josh Morley, Simone Pash, Lisa Delpeoples, Provocalz, Bogaine Spearim, Andy Mason, Katie Thorburn, SSAC, Lizzie, Shogun, Stu, Christian Byers, Rachel Evans, Paddy & Nat, Jahan, Marcus, Sabina, Madika, Enoch, Maddy, Toto, Blackwire Records, Sydney antifa and to all Indigenous Peoples World Wide We fight with you.

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Track Name: INTRO / LIGHT Pt. I
Light Pt. 1

Shattered mirror,
Detached and hurt,
Disillusioned,
No more hope

Amidst the void, amidst the gray
Mutilated urban decay
Mangled tongue, nothing to say,
Just empty agency

Drying out in the sun,
All ambition buried young,
Ground down, completely numb,
Reduced to less than one

Feel the threat everyday,
All we are will waste away,
Dissipate and feel no pain
Just waiting for the grave

As you’re swallowed by the earth,
Realise all you’re worth,
Born from dust, return to dirt,
You could be so much more

Nauseous drifting,
Melting into nothing

Reduction and consumption has me living in a void,
Burst eardrums, no ability, all I hear is noise
Track Name: THRONEBREAKER
The dispossessed are taking theirs back,
The oppressed are finally hitting back,
Don’t wait for mercy, don’t expect respect,
Move out the way or you’ll lose your head

The advance will be relentless
This is a fire you cannot extinguish
Guilty on trial by the suffered, the righteous,
World rearranged by tribal justice

Juul marraalgundi, julaarr waaligamgundi,
Buulmay jalumbaw, yaam giili, gangaa.
ngiyaala garla-ngarraanga ngiyambandi niigarriny waaligam.
Yuludarla garaala

Barliya garaala muuda waaligamgundiya ngiyaanyagay gujarra.
Jawgiirr baya ngiyambandi mujaang gaawarr-waarru-gu banggi, yarrangandi ngiyambandi manggu-manggu baguurli.


Thronebreakers, king-killers,
If there’s a god even he would be a sinner,
This whole kingdom will be burnt to the ground,
It’s up to you which side you’ll be found

Not an inch has been relinquished
You can’t police what hasn’t been finished
We’ve tried peace, we’ve tried pandering,
It’s come to this coz we’re sick of waiting

This rigid prison has tried to keep us calm,
Those once in shackles are now taking up arms,
History will be rewritten
A new page for people’s freedom

Chorus

Life slams down like a sledgehammer,
Slaps down like an axe on the neck of every forerunner
Slams down like a sledgehammer
Slaps down like an axe on the neck of every forerunner

Waluuda waabigamgundi, muluurr yurruunay,nguurgu, gamay, dulul. Waguuny buurraygundi, muurr waliwurray, Jaanybarr duuway.
Miimi

Eviscerated by a raging flood,
A wasteland crowned by a black sun
Eviscerated by a raging flood,
A wasteland crowned by a black sun

Translation: *'salt of the earth, ashes of death
battles of past, present and future. We honour our fallen warriors.

Yurludarla in the sky above the sky bless us in the shadow of death, so that our souls may fly back to the void where our ancestors rest. In the valley of dread the bloods high, smoke, spears and gunfire. Corpses stench, shadows lynched and men cry. From the scorched mother below nurture our journey/place of rest.
Track Name: GAARA YAARI BUUNMING (SKY HAS FALLEN)
Drones, they fall deep from hell
Across the sea the blood sails rise
The wind it comes deaths as gifts
Seizers, invaders, rapists and mutilators
Our Mother she cries long in the dark
Feel the forest decay

A virus invades from the shores
Destroys all with its touch
Steal my soul, cut my tongue
Delete me, eat my tears
Burn The Sky To The Ground

Spirits they rise from the ash of the
Above Father Waits
the time will come when we will dance again with Justice and Peace
and walk with our Land

the Black Rains they come for us to listen, from sky
Peoples of the mother all together
to Defend our land once and for all
we the vanguard of our peoples past, present and future
now we must not live in fear

With Vengeful Fire feel the storms of piles of bones and dust rise again
From the void were our ancestors rest
To The Chorus Liberation and death
I will return in the faces of my children's children

Yuludarla, ngiyaanya ngalanambala waruugumaygamba, miindalaygamba.
Yuludarla, Birruganja nguundi yaarri birrmadi,

Ngiyambandi gamay wumaaga yaarri ganggarrigurra.
Ngiyambandi miimingundi dawaarrgan balgaarrambagurra, Jawgirr ngilidu ngambaamba jarlaagirr balgaarrambaygam bijaygu.
Gaara Yaari Buunming Gaara Yaari Buunming Gaara Yaari Buunming Gara Yaari Buunming

In the Valley of Death

ALL THAT YOU LIVE UPON WAS STOLEN FROM US, ALL THAT YOU LOVE WAS DENIED FROM US ALL THAT YOU OWN UPON WAS DESTROYED FROM US ALL THAT YOU KNOW IS ENFORCED TO US

Gaara Yaari Buunming

Literal Translation* - Credit Larry Hancock
Yurladarla guide bless us with your protection and wisdom
Guide young warriors run through the darkness, make our spears fly fast
Mother opens its corpse to swallow all those that open its guys
Send my soul to the place were the old people rest.
The Sky has Fallen. The Sky has Fallen
Track Name: SYSTEM COLLAPSE
System Collapse

Laying dormant,
Victim of torment
Crushed and entombed
Rotting in the womb

Spiritually outnumbered
Immobile and encumbered
Dreamless and unaware
Of the coming nightmare

But the earth does not sit still
And sleep will not destroy our will
Amidst the clash of tectonic plates
Those dreamless and asleep are shaken awake

And now we rise like mountains
Amidst an eruption resounding
Continental restructure
Creation amidst destruction

Rise
Rise
Like lions
Like mountains

(Percy Shelley)
Rise like lions after slumber
Rise in unvaquishable number
Shake your chains to the earth like morning dew
Which in your sleep have fallen on you
Track Name: BLACK PANTHER
Caustic substance burns the skin,
Destroys all traces of melanin,
The victim is soon rendered blind,
Stares at the sky with useless eyes

Caustic substance seeps into flesh
Eats at muscle until there’s nothing left
Disempowered and immobile
The victim is no longer hostile

Substance eats whatever’s left
And leaves remains twisted and wrecked
From ink to flesh all is made right
Down to bones, all bleached to white

--

It’s a struggle to survive,
When you swim against the tide,
A rising flood of caustic bleach
That seeks to consume everything

History, identity,
Succumb to homogeneity,
No mercy for any defender,
Bodies twisted to surrender

Toxic water, salted earth,
Mountains are reduced to dirt,
Conquest buried us alive,
Torture for the colonized
Track Name: TEARS FROM GAZA / WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
Wretched of the Earth

Wordless
Whispers
Float through
The dregs

Artless,
Cryptic,
Useless,
Agents

New
Blood
Still
Spills

Torture,
Conquest,
Still written in the
Bones of those who have survived

[4 bars grind]

Constant cortisol, we grind our teeth to dust

[8 bars harmonics]

Centuries
Of silent pain
Spilling through
Open veins

This disaster
Can’t be contained
The rivers
Are red again


Words once
Whispers
Now shake
The earth

Waters
Placid
Shake in
The storm

New
Blood
Still
Spills

Lost words
Find new breath
Young teeth
Push through flesh


My sister talks in her sleep
My brother lives his dreaming
Close my eyes and feel my history
Clench our fists to take our destinies

With you I will walk to the end
Track Name: LIGHT Pt. II
Light Pt. 2

Between borders, between two sides,
Feel the pressure rise
Restricting
Constricting

Between borders, between two sides,
Feel the pressure rise
Restricting
Constricting

I can feel the gravity

Tortured hybrid
Culture cryptid
Distant, degraded
Disconnected

--

Fractured, ripped, torn between two worlds
Hacked to pieces, forcibly deformed
Assimilation, taught to speak their words,
No foundation, corrupted to the bone

--

Sentenced to purgatory,
Blurred image of identity,
Victim of internal war,
Imposter syndrome to the core

No child of a stolen land,
Speechless in the motherland
No child of a stolen land,
Speechless in the motherland

--

Chimerical
Receptacle
Of Original
Sin

--

At the house of god, I see my people on their knees
For once I feel the weight of standing
Pull me down, string me up
No man’s land, life is rough