August 19th @ The Milk Factory
With poignant political themes, sharp lyricism and melodic boom-bap production, Brisbane local MC Synergy launches his debut solo album ‘Waiting For The Collapse’ August 19th at The Milk Factory.
The album explores the phenomena of ‘collapse’ – from the personal to the collective – through conversational anecdotes, compelling poetry and immersive production. On the night, expect complex and engaging rhymes, captivating beats with a splash spoken word poetry and all-round good vibes. The event will also feature some of Brisbane’s best new talent with support acts including the raspy-voiced crowd exciter Gaz Goon (The Archaeologists & Simply Complex) and on-point new cats Lagoon Company.
MC Synergy (Jordan McGuire) is a former member of hip-hop groups Tailor Made & The Archaeologist and is the co-founder of independent Hip Hop label Rinsed Out Records. Tailor Made released the feature-length LP ‘The String Theory’ in 2014 which was broadcast nationally and was locally regarded as a Brisbane Hip Hop ‘classic’. Alongside Tailor Made, Synergy has shared the stage with the likes of Dead Prez, Total Eclypse, The Optimen, Daily Meds, Dub Marine and The Coalition Crew. ‘Waiting For The Collapse’ was released through Rinsed Out Records on the May 27, 2016 and has since received play from a number of national and local broadcasters including Triple J, 4ZZZ and BRL.
‘Waiting For The Collapse’ was initially conceived in response to what Jordan perceived to be the “overwhelming” signs & symptoms of an imminent (or currently unfolding) “crash” – a collapse in the ecology of the planet and stability of society.
“Rising populations paralleled by the depletion of vital resources, increased food scarcity brought on by human-induced climate change, mass extinctions and a deep disconnection from the natural world – all these things point to the same inevitability, a very uncomfortable inevitability, one that we don’t like to talk about too often” writes Jordan, who believes that we urgently have to talk and act on these issues instead of switching off to them “which is too often our default mode”.
These kinds of ideas might initially seem at odds with all the common connotations of Australian Hip Hop but social justice & activism have been a big part of the genre since it’s inception, moving people from stasis to action (the most critical junction in affecting positive change). “I’m not pretending this album is some epiphanous revelation or holds any solutions, I’m just presenting my thoughts in a medium that has the potential to inspire. I guess it was my way of engaging-with instead of switching-off-to” adds Jordan.
Where: The Milk Factory (48 Montague Rd, South Brisbane)
When: Friday, the 19th of August. Doors open at 7.30pm
How much: $5 entry