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Miles Solay: I’ll give my life but I want to know, will you be there?

An article with Miles Solay. Solay from Outernational speaks of the imminent presidential inauguration. Miles' views are his own. Photo by RefuseFascism.org

It is January 2017 and we are on the eve of a fascist regime coming to power in the USA. I have been throwing in with the RefuseFascism.org movement to organize millions to take to the streets to prevent the Donald Trump/Mike Pence Regime from  taking power. This moment feels like we are at the end of the Weimer Republic and the beginning of the Third Reich. I say that analogy fully cognizant of its weight and significance. It is time to rise to the challenge to prevent a catastrophic horror for humanity. Millions are outraged. We cannot sit back and to try to fit in. When and where people have done that throughout history, the outcome has been horrendous.

The Trump/Pence Regime is illegitimate because fascism is never legitimate. There are enough crises amongst the ruling elites in American society that if millions of people went into the streets and declared the Trump/Pence Regime as illegitimate it could have influence. And if those millions then didn't leave the streets until the Regime was unable to take power, the seemingly impossible could become possible.

Welcome To The Surreal Fascist Twilight Zone.

I have been inspired to see people taking to the streets and courageously speaking out. I’ve been in Washington, DC along with the defiant ones of Refuse Fascism and others. I also have been disappointed to see people who should know better doing nothing. Or talking about building some kind of puny opposition for the next 4 years. What are you waiting for?? A registry of Muslims? A wall against our Mexican brothers and sisters? A punishing squashing of dissent?? The most powerful military in history on the brink of using nuclear weapons?! Women with no control over their bodies or reproductive freedom?! Open white-supremacist attack lynch-mobs?!

The hour is late but not too late. Live your life and give your life for the 7 billion. In the name of humanity, for our planet. For it all now.

The Donald Trump Regime will move swiftly. We must rise to the challenge. Every city in the world, wherever you are. Let’s go.

Miles Solay,


A few videos by Outernational:

Outernational "It Didn't Get Better (U Just Got Used 2 IT" (2016)

Classic Outernational "Todos Somos Ilegales" (2012)

Outernational latest video "Tighten Up" (2016)

Outernational are a band based in New York, with many releases and tours on the American continents and in Europe, as well as collaborations with a large number of artists, behind them. Outernational are currently Miles Solay, Jesse Williams and Nate Hassan.

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Leo Mintek: There is no excuse for not being informed in this world

Leo Mintek
Photo Nate Hassan


Music and activism go hand in hand for us.  Miles and Jesse were activists together before we formed the band.  They met Joe Strummer in 2003 and he gave instructions, “Start a band!”

There are sometimes references to The Clash when people hear us, and that is certainly something I like to hear, but we aren’t trying to be The Clash.  Thelonius Monk said that geniuses are the people who are the most like themselves…


Outernational on stage

Photo Maria Arroyo


Music should be fun. This isn’t just about criticizing the system, but also about celebrating the kind of society that we would like to live in. If our audience get a feeling that that society is obtainable during our gigs and party because it is, that is something we have achieved.


Outernational '' Todos Somos Ilegales'' (2012) featuring Calle 13, Tom Morello and Chad Smith


If regular people listen to us I’m happy that they do.  All people have the possibility to achieve knowledge.  There is no excuse for not being informed in this world.  Politics permeate everything.


Outernational live in Bogota 2014


Outernational are a band from New York. The band members are currently Miles Solay - vocals, Leo Mintek - guitar, Jesse Williams - bass, Nate Hassan - drums. The band has released the album ''Todos Somos Ilegales'', and the EP:s ''Eyes On Fire'' (2010), ''Future Rock'' (2012) and ''Here Is The Rose'' (2013). They are about to release their new album ''Welcome To The Revolution'' produced by Chad Smith. Find out more HERE.

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Leo Mintek: -We want to honor Lou Reed's wild life and art

A text by Leo Mintek

Leo Mintek

Day of the Dead is a holiday about facing death, looking it in the eyes, laughing at it, and celebrating life while also spending time with the spirits of the dead.  Lou Reed just passed away and we wanted to honor his wild life and art with music. We have therefore made a recording of ''I'm Waiting For The Man''.  Also my father just died last month from a vicious cancer and I was there with him every day as his body withered away and La Muerta came knocking.  I want to honor those who have died with something upbeat, not mourning, but celebrating these short lives we live and with a defiant lively spirit in the face death who is coming for us all some day.  

Leo Mintek/Outernational

Outernational are a band from Brooklyn, New York. They have released three EP:s produced by Tom Morello and the concept-album ''Todos Somos Ilegales''. They are doing things their own way, and in 2013 they have toured in South America and Europe. Right now they are embarking on an Esplanglish Tour in the US and Colombia, during which they will be honoring the great Lou Reed.

Listen to Outernational's recording of ''I'm Waiting For The Man'' on SoundCloud

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