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Exclusive Premiere: Flipsyde’s Feel-Good Dose of Love on ‘Imagine Peace’

The American band will perform at the Orange Festival of Adventure and Music in Arunachal today

Anurag Tagat Dec 13, 2019

The song’s release coincides with Flipsyde’s return to India this week at the Orange Festival of Adventure and Music in Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: Richard Haick

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Even about two decades and a few hits later, American hip-hop/rock band Flipsyde‘s MC Piper aka Jinho Ferreira says not much has changed about their songwriting. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he says over an email interview. 

Their latest song, “Imagine Peace,” is a typical sonic slice of what made Flipsyde gain popularity in the early 2000s — a buoyant beat and rap flow that’s reflective of west coast hip-hop, vocalist-guitarist Steve Knight’s sublime hooks and a radiant lead from guitarist Dave Lopez. Thematically, Piper talks about love in current times and how to stay persistent in finding answers. The rapper adds, “We’re being overwhelmed by everything in the headlines. Global warming, racism, terrorism, war, school shootings […] We decided to take this opportunity to also call attention not just to the problems, but the solution as well – which is love and peace.” 

As a band that’s previously envisioned a peaceful world, Piper says their understanding of human nature is what makes them return to the topic. He says, “We understand there will always be a negative energy in the world as there will always be a positive energy. The dark and the light are present in every human being. So we try to write songs that address the human spirit, and if we do our job well, they will always be relevant.” 

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The song’s release coincides with their return to India this week, performing at Orange Festival of Adventure and Music in Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh. Piper says, “Prep has been great, and I’m not just talking about the music. Going out to eat with each other or just hanging out and talking shit is all part of the process. Getting on stage and actually playing is a bonus. We’re looking forward to returning to India and rocking out with the people!”

Watch the lyric video for “Imagine Peace” below

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