State Violence State Control

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State Violence State Control Print

Year: 2018
Run Size: 400
Part of Set: none
Size: 18x24
Paper: Speckle Tone Paper
Print Type: Screen Print
Release Date: 02/08/2018

From Obey Giant:
I’m excited to finally release the NØISE “State Violence State Control” 7” which features covers of two songs that represent our band’s resistance to the attitudes and policies of the current administration. We are proud of how we maintained the spirit of Discharge’s song “State Violence State Control” and Bob Marley’s song “Get Up Stand Up” but also reinterpreted the songs through our own stylistic sensibility. Working on the art for this 7” was a therapeutic way for me to address the current political situation and abuses of power while also nodding to the punk and hardcore music and art that sparked my interest in politics as a teen. I’d like to see more outspoken art and music in response to the state of the nation. If you aren’t already familiar with my band NØISE, comprised of veteran musicians Merritt Lear, John Goff, and Joe Cassidy, visit to either download or shop our 12” record featuring songs “Little Lions” and “Automatic.” – Shepard Fairey

I was very happy to work with Shepard, Merritt, and Joe on putting together this 7″ record. With the arrival of 45 (Trump), I’ve been in shock and dismay that we have a return to politics that seemed outmoded. The change in the White House has brought back memories of Reagan’s terms in office coinciding with Teresa May/Margaret Thatcher. Looking back to those times, I realized that the political music we listed to as teens is still relevant 35 years later. Bands such as Crass, Rudimentary Peni, Fugazi, and Discharge were both riveting and poignant and summed up my feelings of frustration and anger that we were ruled by selfish, hypocritical, and ultimately dangerous leaders. Taking the fight to the streets and making our views known by dressing in a shocking and counter-cultural manner and voicing our opinions to the police and politicians seemed like the most important thing we could possibly do to ultimately try and save this world for future generations. And sadly, I believe this is even more important today. To try to make our voices heard that the environment, civil liberties, women’s rights, and educational systems need to be protected for future generations. That we need to move away from fear. That we need to fight back. That we need to make sure people understand that we are moving towards a police state. That getting up, fighting back, and standing up are the most important things this generation needs to do fight back against the system – John Goff

State Violence State Control. 18 x 24 inches. Screen print on cream Speckletone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 400. $50. Available Thursday, February 8 between 10 and 11AM (PST) on

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