do you think of criticism that musicians shouldn't take political positions?
tailored this with the message of 'educate yourself on policies and vote.' We
encourage band members to speak their minds, but we don't want it to be a deal
where people are giving 20-minute speeches. We encourage them to express their
opinion, but no one does any preaching.
Why aren't there any serious
political bands currently on the scene these days such as Rage Against the Machine?
would disagree. There's NOFX and Fat Mike at Fat Wreck Chords. I understand why
Rage is held up as such an example, but coming from the major label standpoint,
it's hard to see how they can always stick behind some of their points. It seemed
like that was somewhat of a marketing tool for them. I like Rage and respect their
position, but sometimes it was overhyped. de la Rocha is honest, as is Morello,
but at times it became borderline marketing rather than just expression.
the point of voting Democrat if you live in Nebraska?
That's an argument
we hear everywhere. Voting at least gives you the chance to voice your opinion.
If someone wins the election that you think shouldn't have, at least you will
have tried to do something about it instead of sitting on the couch and letting
others decide. You have to start somewhere. If more people voted, it could make
a difference in a state like Nebraska.
What's the vibe been with the
Good. Everyone gets along really well. The line-up for
this thing was hard to bring together. One of the bands, Denali, broke up and
was replaced with Decahedron. Mike gave me a lot of freedom in choosing the bands.
We split that part of it with him 50/50 and ended up with a pretty awesome list.
The bands are going over with people who are open to metal. It's fun to watch
Darkest Hour every night.
So are you guys enjoying yourselves?
pretty lively. I like it a lot. We're right at that fine line between having fun
and not having too much fun.
abbreviated version of this article was published in The Omaha Reader May 5, 2004.
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