Improve Arab American Relations Through Music

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Long Day Sin's music and lyrics strive to improve Arab American relations through the fusion of Middle Eastern inspired rhythms and punk rock.

Long Day Sin’s music challenges America’s perception of the Middle-East. The group’s eight new songs create a unique sonic fusion between traditional Mediterranean folklore elements and the genre of punk rock.

“Long Day Sin follows in the footsteps of great punk rock groups such as the Clash and Green Day” declared Samuel Bergson, Marketing Director at Cause Static Productions. “And like these punk rock bands, the core message of Long Day Sin’s music strives for social agreement through realism and not anarchy or despair.”

A 2004 study conducted by the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, Egypt and the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC with support from the Ford Foundation examined the social concerns surrounding Arab American relations since September 11, 2001. This report not only identified problems, gaps and misperceptions which have negatively impacted Arab American relations, but also offered recommendations for realistic and practical ways for improving them.

Bergson said that Long Day Sin strives to bring these two cultures together through music. Each song constructs a bridge where Middle Eastern instruments such as the doumbek , djembe, duduk, and kamancheh are harmonized with electric guitars, arduino devices, and drum kits. Some of the songs take this harmonization one step further by including Mediterranean ethnic vocal performances.

“No other artist fuses Mediterranean influences with punk rock music the way Long Day Sin does” noted Bergson. “This influence is due to the ethnic and religious diversity among group members. Some members have roots in Lebanon, Israel, and, of course, America. Then you add in the different religious affiliations these guys have and you end up with an interesting approach to address the issues that surround Arab American relations.”

The music also speaks to contemporary issues facing Arabs, Americans, and citizens from all corners of the globe. Long Day Sin's lyrics address unemployment, lack of faith in government and corporations, war, racism, and humanity.

According to Bergson, people who are passionate about music will welcome and appreciate Long Day Sin’s efforts. The music is described as chaotic and energetic, reined in by Mediterranean inspired rhythms and melodies. People are invited to learn how to play along and sing with the music because guitar tabs and lyrics are available on Long Day Sin's website.

“It’ll be impossible for listeners to pull away their ears from” declared Bergson.

About Long Day Sin

Long Day Sin is a creative milieu where like-minded musicians share their cultural and musical experiences. Some members of the group are musically trained, others self-taught. All are dedicated to writing music that is both distinct and contemporary. Members of the group like to think of themselves as musiculptors.

About Cause Static Productions
Cause Static Productions is committed to promoting artists whose music invites and demands involvement. Cause Static Productions supports music that serves as a tool to promote peace and social change in our global communities.

For more information contact:

Samuel Bergson
Cause Static Productions            
PO Box 400939
Cambridge, MA 02140

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