Soleo Releases New Single "Feeding The Machine"

By 180dB Artists Staff

Soleo Releases New Single "Feeding The Machine"

July 29, 2022 - Progressive rock band SOLEO (FFO: System Of A Down, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Caligula’s Horse)  has followed up their too-political-for-Facebook debut single "Green Movement" with "Feeding The Machine," yet another anthem that is likely to push some buttons.
Within the context of Soleo's eponymous upcoming album, "Feeding The Machine" continues the story of vocalist Amir Gholizadeh's family fleeing their home country in the 1970s. He explains, "There are two scopes that the song is addressing: First, the more specific/literal version of how the Islamic Republic of Iran is controlling its people through religious propaganda. There is symbolism throughout the lyrics of the song, but it's basically alluding to the fact that now that the Shah (symbolized by the sun/daylight) is gone, the new Islamic Regime of Iran (represented by the moon/night) is keeping people in the dark. So they can't see and they don't think for themselves. Thus, they listen to their leaders and are fed lies, both parties ultimately feeding into the machine."
Though the album does follow a semi-biographical story, Soleo remains cognizant that issues like manipulation by those in power, in the case of "Feeding The Machine," are universal. The trio encourages listeners to find their own meaning in the songs.
"The message of the song is that most opinions we have are not our own; rather, they come from a corporation, political party, media, or whatever else, that is pushing a narrative," Gholizadeh says. "We see these narratives over and over again until we adopt them and think we came up with them ourselves. And we act in accordance with those beliefs, and pick teams, fight for our team's causes, buy our team's products, etc. And that makes us feel good. But really, at the end of the day, somebody high up is profiting off of us behaving in these ways. Even within the most noble of causes, you'll find people selling T-shirts."

Self-described as a “Middle Eastern progressive rock band,” Soleo features Amir Gholizadeh on vocals and guitar, Tynan Evans on bass and Nick Golias on drums. The band came together after Gholizadeh created and shared his own bizarre guitar-tuning style with Evans and Golias. That, and a compelling concept about Gholizadeh’s family history, became the inspiration for their unconventional take on prog rock.

The band merges western progressive motifs and a dash of stoner metal with traditional Persian music Gholizadeh grew up listening to. The blend creates a larger-than-life, epic sound. Soleo, as a whole, has the cinematic feeling of classic works like Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who's Tommy, though to say they necessarily sound like those bands or like their progressive contemporaries is imprecise. Simply: To know Soleo, you must listen to Soleo (to love Soleo.)

The full album, which will be released on Tragic Hero Records later this year, is inspired by the true story of Gholizadeh’s family fleeing their home country in the wake of a theocratic government takeover in the '70s. While the album follows that specific journey, the band also says the music functions as a standalone concept. Gholizadeh explains, "To say this is exclusively my family's story would be short-sighted. A lot of people leave their homes and start a new life somewhere else—some of them under better circumstances and some under worse. So, although the story is unique, the concepts are pretty universal. When I listen to the album, I hear my family’s story, but our hope is that other people will draw their own stories from these songs.

"I think everybody, at some point, feels out of place, whether it's physically out of place like my family was, or if you’re an outcast at school or you just don’t feel like you belong anywhere. That’s a big theme of some of the songs."
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