Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Comments On Using Racial & Homophobic Slurs In New Song “Bastards”

Machine Head‘s new song “Bastards“ is a politically charged track that was written shortly after the U.S. presidential election, and it has been met with some controversy among fans. One of the themes in the track is acceptance, and to prove his point Robb Flynn utilized racial and homophobic slurs. He recently discussed that with Metal Hammer, and you can read his comments below.

Flynn said the following when asked why he chose to us that language:

That song is a simple folk song to me, it’s four chords that have been played a million times over for the last hundred years, and it’s still the best way to tell a story. That song is based off a conversation my wife and I had with my two boys, the day after the election in America. It was a really intense conversation, it was a really difficult conversation.

I was really affected by it and I ended up writing this poem the next day. When I was done writing, I just picked up a guitar and I started playing those chords and singing the chorus, I went and recorded a YouTube clip of an acoustic version, and at that time I thought that was it.

I got what I needed to say out, and I wanted to get out what I needed to say in vulgar terms, in coarse terms and use the language that I was hearing Them use against them. And that’s where that idea came from. I wrote that song in 45 minutes, I was very affected, I knew what I was saying but it needed to be said.

There was no plan to put it on the record. Machine Head has always had empowering songs, but that whole idea of stand your ground, don’t let the bastards grind you down, kept on popping up in all these other songs – Catharsis, Hope Begets Hope, Eulogy – and it became this tie in the record. Even though the band hadn’t played a band version of that song, at that point, it started making me think we should try a band version, and I wanted to tune it to F because it sounds fucking heavy, and in some weird way it became the centre-piece of the album.

There was no ‘Why should I say this or why should I say that,’ I just did it because it felt right to do, it felt right to say, it was and still is a confusing time.”

He also added following when asked if he thought he would receive any backlash:

“I don’t know. I can’t worry about what other people think when it comes to what I’m going to say or what I’m going to do musically. If you start doing that you’re not following your heart. Even if you disagree with me, go ahead and disagree with me. But it’s what I did.”

Machine Head‘s new album “Catharsis” will be available on January 26.

Machine Head Premiere New Song “Bastards”

Machine Head have premiered a new song titled “Bastards” The track was written shortly after Donald Trump won the election and the conversation Robb Flynn had with his sons about the upset. You can check out the album version below, and a slam poetry version over at Revolver. The band’s new album “Catharsis” will be released on January 26.

Watch Mutoid Man & Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsons Cover Kesha’s “Bastards” In The Style Of Motörhead

Mutoid Man and Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsons recently covered Kesha’s “Bastards” in the style of Motörhead for “Two Minutes To Late Night.” You can see footage of that below:

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Shares New Folk Song “Bastards”

Robb Flynn (Machine Head) has posted footage of him performing a new folk song titled “Bastards.” The track was written in wake of Donald Trump’s disappointing win, and the racism that has been popping up as a result of it.

“Bastards” Lyrics:

“Yesterday I told my sons “sometimes the bad guys win”
And that it made me scared about the world that we live in
But I had to reassure them that it wouldn’t be for long
Sons we have to be ourselves
We have to be strong

I said “sons you are the future, so let this be a lesson”
There may come a day you have to fight off their aggression
Cause fear and hatred won today, the darkness ate the light
But both you look in my eyes, “it’ll be all right”

In every step you take,
I’m with you all the way,
Cause I would die for you
And do what’s right for you
In hopes that when I’m gone
You’ll carry on these words I wrote for you

Til then…
I’ll sing

Stand your ground
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Be bold, be strange
Don’t let their fears make you afraid
There’s hope, they’ll change

Today I looked out to the world, thought “what a bloody mess!”
They stripped our morals from us, put ’em under house arrest
“Liberty” and “country” are the words they need to speak
A little “god” a little “freedom”, if we don’t agree we’re weak

And every politician stood there idle and so smug
Empowering the racists and 2nd Amendment thugs
Wall St and the billionaires, thinking they’re so smart
Saying “vote with your wallets, instead of with your hearts!”

But we wont go away!
You won’t forget our name!
The p***y generation, the PC and the brave
The protesters that slink along the streets of misery

And so…
I’ll sing

Stand your ground
Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Be bold, be strange
Don’t let their fears make you afraid
There’s hope, they’ll change

No, no, no, no, no

So give us all your fa***ts, all your ni***rs and your s***ks
Give us all your mu***ms, the so-called ter****sts
We welcome them with open arms, put ‘em in our mix
We’re better off together, embrace our difference

Remember there is love!
Our words can stop their guns
Forget the rednecks
Living in the past
Were never going back now, we’ve reached critical mass

And so…
I’ll sing

Stand my ground
Won’t let the bastards grind me down
I’m bold, I’m strange
Won’t let their fears make me afraid
There’s hope, they’ll change”