500 Million Society
500 Million Society bio by C. Godsey For centuries, cabals of global elites have sequestered themselves, in castles and mansions and secret spaces, to make dark decisions. To these unspeakably powerful families, financiers, and media overlords, whole countries and cultures are mere pieces in games of population manipulation and resource control. As offhandedly as the rest of us might change a television channel or decide what to eat for lunch, the cabals will implement a worldwide economic depression or orchestrate a multi-continent war-even create apparent natural disasters-in order to implement their nefarious vision for world order. None of the rest of us can hope to comprehend, let alone affect, the their shadowy machinations. So we have the 500 Million Society: a band of young men and women acknowledging the futility of resistance, yet calling for perseverance, through art. 'We offer no solutions,' says group spokesperson, guitar player, and singer T. Nelson. 'We only can document these days in our communal decline.' In other words: We can't control the world, but we can rock, so we might as well get down while getting down is still possible. Sort of like, 'What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum. Come to the cabaret.' But without Sally Bowles' (or Liza Minelli's) deceptively glamorous irony. So maybe more like, 'If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing. Let's break out the booze and have a ball.' But without Peggy Lee's detached romanticism. If we're going to rock, the Society's lyrics and soundscapes suggest, we should be catchy and grim about it. We should find ominous joy in gravitas. We should meet darkness with darkness, make it bouncy, deep, epic, and fuzzy, and confront the inevitable like any good art-punk rockers would: with an extended middle finger and a tight aesthetic. So it's a lot like a bunch of bands moved to Duluth, Minnesota-The Seeds, Joy Division, Mudhoney, The Hives, The Fuzztones, The Staggers, Deep Purple, The Sonics, The Dead Boys, maybe others, maybe Phil Spector, maybe Art Bell-then crossbred till only a distillation called the 500 Million Society remained. • D. Brooks plays organ and bass and sings, and gets roped into late-night conspiracy-theory conversations with T. Nelson. • J. Hagstrom plays drums. He also works harder than any other man in Duluth. • R. Sackett plays organ. • P. Broman works a synthesizer • T. Fabjance engineers. • B. Larsen produces. • Olga Didenco Olya dances. • Elena Rabinovici dances. 'It's not a hierarchy,' says T. Nelson. 'It's an equitable society.' It's the 500 Million Society.