Poker Face: Libertarian Rock/Metal

Poker Face - Made in AmericaNot too long ago, I reviewed The Federalists and on the heels of that, another libertarian band popped their heads up and was all like: “me too, dude.” Paul Topete, lead singer of Poker Face (MySpace site) sent me their latest album — Made in America — and I gave it a spin.

Honestly, I’m not much of a fan of the rock/metal genre these days, but all in all it’s a pretty solid pro-libertarian message, even with some forays into conspiracy (the cover booklet is replete with links to Alex Jones, Jeff Rense and Mike Rivero and includes a symbol map of the 13 Illuminati Bloodlines). And to add even more baffling elements, there’s a long, small-font screed with various positive references to God and the bible (which is also a theme in some of their songs, such as Destiny, Prayer for America and Good Times). Hey, if you sing about politics, I’m going to dissect politics, and most people who know me are aware of my low tolerance for conspiracy (luckily there wasn’t a whole lot of it in the songs themselves).

As for the extra features that come with the CD, I wasn’t able to try them out since it’s geared towards MS-Windows users, but I’m assuming it’s pretty good based on the album page.

But for all my quibbles I have with their diametric view of church and state, there are some standout songs in their arsenal, like Kontrol (MP3 | lyrics) and Revolution (MP3 | lyrics):

Hey Mr. Politician, living on the Hill,
Living in the lap of luxury, on we the people’s bill.
Don’t have a clue how the other half lives, and that is a shame.
It’s time to stop the tyranny you keep pushing through your bills.

Calling for a revolution, calling for it now.
It’s time to save our Constitution, while we still got the guns in our hands.

Seriously, who doesn’t want to crank that from their stereo on the 4th of July this year?

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. They sent me their previous CD. I think it was called “Sex, Lies, and Politics.” It had a few pretty good songs. I would say they have some Libertarian themes, but IIRC had supported Buchanan and those types. I recall that the production and packaging was pretty impressive for a very independent level CD.

  2. PokerFace also rocked as warm up act for Jimmy Vaughn at the LP National Convention in Atlanta. Their music reminded me of an obscure LA metal band called What is This led by Alain Johannes that was a favorite of my wife and I. We found out later that PokerFace had been influenced by a latter band called Eleven that was also led by . Small world.

    I got all their CDs and they all work for me. The music is challenging and interesting and the Libertarian-themed tracks are particularly strong.