Track By Track: Protest The Hero

March 25, 2011 by Tim Karan

Track By Track: Protest The Hero

Frontman RODY WALKER tells the stories behind each song on PROTEST THE HERO’s new album, Scurrilous.


“C'est La Vie”
Arif [Mirabdolbaghi, bass] wrote this song, so this will be merely my interpretation of the lyrics. It’s about the insignificance of suicide and the fleeting few moments where anyone might give a fuck. Inside that, it explores appreciating the little things in life that make it worth living.

“Hair-Trigger”
“Hair-Trigger” is about addiction. I believe the type of addiction is fairly evident through the massive metaphor. It was kind of a cheap way to write an entire song about a burning little stick and not have it consist of only two lines. It was sort of my way of communicating to people that I do not love it.

“Tandem”
This is a song for someone very dear to me who is currently fighting cancer. I didn't want to expose any of the details in depth because truthfully, it's nobody's fucking business. But I did want to write her a song to let her know that, even though I don't say many things, I'm still thinking about her.

“Moonlight”
This is another song written by Arif. It’s about the trials and tribulations of being in a touring band. There are some pretty specific references in it that maybe three people outside of the band will understand. For the most part, I think anyone who is or has been in a touring band can relate to these lyrics because they represent the wonder and the darkness of it all quite well.

“Tapestry”
This song is partially about a fear of stagnancy—a sort of shiver down the spine that life has amounted to almost nothing. However, at about the halfway point of the song, there's a realization and an acceptance, which is to say, "If this is all I am, fuck it. I'm gonna be alright.” There’s also an allusion to Jean-Luc Picard's youth in there somewhere... (Insert a winking face that I'm too macho to type.)

“Dunsel”
This song is pretty straightforward. There's a lot of sorrow in this song I feel, somewhat reminiscent of "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" [from Les Miserables]. I think most people will get the overwhelming sense of anger in this song, which is directed to the faceless men running the industry without a true sense of what music actually is. What I think a lot of people will miss is the sense of sadness that people I loved and trusted gave up.

“The Reign of Unending Terror”
This song was written for a band we all love and respect. They’re unwavering through the years and always improving on their craft. I consider them an inspiration both musically and morally. They make me want to give a fuck. I want to be a better person when I listen to their music, and maybe one day I will be. It's fairly obvious if you listen to the song who it's about, so I won't bother writing it here.

“Termites”
This song is a cryptic little drinking ditty. It's disguised through a bunch of mixed metaphor and the telling of King Solomon's death from the Islamic perspective. But essentially, I'm just trying to describe what I feel like when I'm good and drunk.

“Tongue-Splitter”
Plain and simple, this song is about regret and living with regret. I have always said, “If you don't regret anything, you're not doing enough.” This song is about a few things I specifically regret, but it's also about how glad I am for those things happening. You learn a lot about yourself when you truly dislike yourself. Regret makes you more conscious of what you do on a regular basis—the worse you fuck up, the more conscientious you become.

“Sex Tapes”
Arif wrote this, but I believe somewhere I have him describing what it means... I'll dig it up and copy and paste it here just so I don't have to think about it too hard: "'Sex Tapes' is about new media affording us a sense of celebrity at the cost of privacy. It echoes Nietzsche's 'gaze long into the abyss. Under the new light of the digital screen—marketing pariahs, political opportunists, paparazzi and the many other eyes that look in as we look out." alt

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