Texas Band Fights to "Stop the Vote"

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Rockers Opium Symphony, made up of military veterans and college students, tell the candidates "You Don't Deserve My Vote" in an attempt to unite a disenfranchised generation in a boycott of the presidential election.

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We (Americans) are always preaching that we need to get the youth out there to vote, and yet we never teach our children about the importance of participating in the government at the city and state levels. We've seen firsthand what a broken election system has brought us. We are boycotting the election in an effort to raise awareness and bond together during these trying times.

The idea that 'rock and roll is dead' has long been repudiated - although the form that rock has taken has varied greatly since its inception and what many consider its peak in the mid 1970s. While comparing current bands to 70s icons is often a fruitless venture, every once in a while a band emerges that carries the swagger, idealism, and - most importantly - the quality songs to be considered worthy of that mantle. Opium Symphony is one of those bands. A Dallas-based band featuring two veterans of the War on Terror, bassist JD Eakins and guitarist Troy Schmidt, as well as college students Kellen Ross and drummer Leigh Underwood, has launched a counter-campaign to the 2008 election. The "You Don't Deserve My Vote" Tour is an attempt to unite a disenfranchised generation in a boycott of the presidential election.

"Too often it seems voting for president is our only chance to have a voice," says lead singer and song writer Kellen Ross. "We believe that it is time that we remind our government that we are the voice. We want to encourage people to boycott the 2008 presidential election to make it known that we are discontent. It has become apparent that only extreme measures will force them to listen to what we have to say."

Bassist J.D. Eakins continues, "We (Americans) are always preaching that we need to get the youth out there to vote, and yet we never teach our children about the importance of participating in the government at the city and state levels. We've seen firsthand what a broken election system has brought us. We are boycotting the election in an effort to raise awareness and bond together during these trying times."

Opium Symphony has relayed this message at shows across their home state of Texas as well as on a recent California tour. They seek to raise awareness across the country through a recently released music video for their song "Stars and Stripes," which is being broadcast on YouTube and at myspace.com/opiumsymphony.

With the spirit of the 60s and the musical influence of the 70s, the generation born in the 80s and raised in the 90s is spreading good music and a "question everything" attitude into the new millennium, and Opium Symphony is leading the charge. The band brings its message and music to Dallas' FireWater on May 17, 2008 at 10 p.m.

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