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We need a theory to continue.
lyrics by A.Nevarez/V. Tevere, music by The Lovers
2008

We need a theory to continue.
lyrics by A.Nevarez/V. Tevere, music Najeeb Sabour
2008

We need a theory to continue.
lyrics by A.Nevarez/V. Tevere, music by The Noise Revival Orchestra Experience
2008

**Lyric Sheet (PDF)**

 

We need a theory to continue.

three-channel video installation and lyric sheet
16:34 minutes  
2008

In collaboration with:
The Lovers
Najeeb Sabour
The Noise Revival Orchestra Experience

We need a theory to continue. is a multi-faceted project
comprised of original song lyrics, their musical interpretation
and recording by three dissimilar Austin-based bands, a live
performance series, and a three-channel video work which
together explore civic space, collective strategies, dissent,
and political theory.

Austin Texas is the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the
World." With this designation and commitment in mind, the
recent green architectural construction of Austin City Hall in-
cludes an outdoor venue for cultural programming and mu-
sical performances, as well as a space in which groups could
gather. The city speaks of the open design of the new City
Hall and City Council chambers as part of its “commitment
to transparent government”.

We were interested in unfolding these ideas by reflecting
upon the setting and context of Austin City Hall in the lyrics
of We need a theory to continue. Additionally, in consider-
ing musical strategies and collectivity, we wrote the lyrics to
be musically interpreted by three bands - The Lovers, Najeeb
Sabour, and The Noise Revival Orchestra Experience – and
organized a sunset performance series of the songs. In Au-
gust of 2008, Austin City Hall the architectural container of
municipal democracy functioned as the stage for an evening
of live performative democracy in musical form.

We need a theory to continue. was commissioned by Women And Their Work, Austin TX for The Activist Impulse, curated by Regine Basha, 2008.

Recorded and Engineered by Thomas van der Brook
Tonehause Studios
Austin, Texas
2008