Speak. these words will forever
Sail these streets of old.
Make these words your own.
Never to fall.
Daloy Ng Kamalayan
Makinig sa pahiwatig ng
Makatang galing sa modernong paraan.
Hanapin ang sariling ligaw
Sa makitid na daan at pagtanaw.
Ang pagmamalay wag na wag pabayaan
Nang makabangon ang perlas ng silanganan.
Isip mo at isip ko
Ginintuang sandata ng pagbabago
Once you hear these lyrics, you stop and take heed. Dicta License [Literally ‘Dicta License’ means ‘License to Speak’.], Dicta License is a Filipino band formed December 1999, whose music is a fusion of rock, rap, and grunge. This all-Atenean band consists of Pochoy Labog on vocals, Bryan Makasiar on drums, Kelley Mangahas on bass, and Boogie Romero on guitars. Mangahas and Romero are also part of another band, Kjwan.
Socio-politically inspired, philisophically-driven and Philippine-centered that’s how I and everybody else would define Dicta’s music and lyrics. Somewhat reminiscent to Rage Against The Machine fronted by Zach Dela Rocha though Pochoy doesn’t have tattoos and dreads. Everytime they perform, just listen to every letters Pochoy speaks and take heed, words like “What the fuck is position? the position you gain who the fuck is to blame? Now you all turn aktibista, for a leader-another agenda to gain, that political power, disrupting the national order, The Left and the Right are circling above and breaking the peace”
I’ve always been a big supporter of Dicta License but never really got the chance to see them perform live. Hearing their songs listening and reading every lyric just pierces through the subconcious, what if’s and what not’s. It’s philosiphical and politically-driven but not as fiesty as RATM but still as effective as every RATM song. It’s just sad to hear that they broke up last year. Dicta License’ songs aren’t meant to be impudent, but rather dare audiences to think about bringing a change to their surroundings, positively.
Understanding Dicta License’s songs may be similar to a paradox. Though sometimes, you can’t quite get the profoundness, you still get to appreciate the song. Truly, they have the license to speak – and if anyone ignorant of their sound gets a first hand notion of what they’re made of, then I’m pretty sure such ignorance would be vanquished with the band’s arousing lyrics and moving rhythms. And it doesn’t take a second listen to know that.