Genre defying Irish musician ROCSTRONG follows up his latest single ‘Ching Ching Ching’, which has seen strong support from the likes of Spotify, Official Charts, Nialler9 and Today FM, among others, with his brand new sophomore EP titled All On Black, premiered via Substream Magazine. Released via West One Music Group, the All On Black EP is produced by Rocstrong, Marcin Ciszczon and Keith O’Reilly, and finds its central theme around the power of money and the wealth disparity in today’s society.
Backed by heavy guitar riffs, hard-hitting drum arrangements and superb alternative rock sensibilities throughout, the EP begins with the riotous ‘Blood Spilling’, which sees Rocstrong painfully tracing back his heritage to the Congo DRC, and addressing the ongoing war in the region without fear, while ‘Homicide’ sees the Irish musician in braggadocios and defiant mood, as he waxes lyrical about his self-belief and bold confidence in his abilities as an artist.
The rest of the EP highlights Rocstrong paying homage to his South Dublin hometown Tallaght in ‘Talla Boy’, where the Irish Congolese native taps into his inner Johnny Cash, to tell a vivid and hard-hitting story of growing up in Dublin, and he closes out the EP with the experimental bonus track ‘Gold Glow’, which sees Rocstrong exploring a different theme from the EP’s preceding tracks, as he pays homage to all women, calling them to live their best lives and shine brighter.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the All On Black EP, Rocstrong says, “the power of money is the key message of ‘All On Black’. We have given it so much power that now things have shifted into money having power over us. How much money you have decides how far you go and how long you can survive in this modern world. This change has caused a huge gap and those that can’t keep up are forgotten, cut off and no longer accepted in society.
We put out a message that all should be equal but unfortunately this is not the case. There are people living amongst us that are so cut off from the world, primarily because of the lack of money. They don’t get to have regular conversations with other people, they don’t get to eat or have necessities that we all have, they are deprived of acceptance and human contact for years, and as a result, they become alone with no options or choices to get them out of that situation. Why?
My parents are from Congo DRC but relocated to Ireland for a better life so that their children could have a better life. It wasn’t by choice. This also gets me questioning why Congo DRC, one of the richest countries in the world (natural resources wise) is a place with the poorest people? For my dreams to even come close to coming true, I had to leave my home and chase it elsewhere. Greed has crippled the place that I’m from and the same will happen globally sooner or later”.
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