Libertarian Politics

Anarcho-Capitalist Band Debuts In Top Charts

BackWordz 2

By Luke Henderson

BackWordz, the libertarian metal meets hip-hop group fronted by Eric July, co-founder of Being Libertarian, has broken into Top Albums Charts with their debut album “Veracity”. The album is currently in the Top 50 for rock albums and in the Top 10 for metal albums on iTunes and the Top 5 of Amazon’s best sellers for Hard Rock & Metal. This is great news for libertarians everywhere and hopefully the beginning of bringing more people to the philosophy through pop culture.

In true capitalist form, the band decided to partner with Stay Sick Records (started by Attila frontman Fronz) to record the album, instead of signing a standard record deal. July said in an interview with Alternative Press “…we treat BackWordz as if it’s a business and a brand. The guys involved with Stay Sick respected our direction and grind. So, we worked together to come up with a way to team up, rather than signing a standard deal.”

A reflection on their 2 years of hard work, the album is fantastic, and an example of how two groups of people can create a mutually beneficial venture while maintaining their independence. Fronz, who does guest vocals on “Self-Ownership”, stated in the same interview “It’s rare to find bands as unique as BackWordz, so I knew they would make a great fit on Stay Sick Recordings.” Maintaining rights to the publishing and identity are of essential importance to BackWordz.

Metal Injection describes the sound of the band as a part of the nu-djent movement or street metal, but July rejects labels, going so far to say in the opening track, “Pop It Off”, “Nu-Metal, rapcore, we are none of that so stop acting stupid. I got an idea: shut the hell up, sit back, and enjoy the music.” The best description of BackWordz would be a culmination of July’s career as a rapper called YG Rippa, fronting for rapcore group Fire from the Gods, and his furious passion for everything that takes down the state.

BackWordz just finished up their tour with Like Moths to the Flame and Sworn In with future tour dates to hopefully be announced as the album continues its rise

Check out their single “Self-Ownership” below

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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