Friends For Heroes Interview
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alled Independence. He's incredible.
Some of the lyrics seem to paint the two of you as religious. Is that so? Does your religion play into your political decisions at all?
Josh: Not really. I'm thinking about trust and faith and things like that most of the time.
Brendan: The only time religion seems to impact my politics is when Americans condemn other Americans based on religious beliefs. I think the current debate over gay marriage is one of the most engaging conversations that has happened in our country in a while. I look forward to the time when homosexuality does not make so many people shake in their boots. As for voting and local politics in general, I usually consult the cooler of Seattle's two free weeklies in order to have my political decisions made for me.
I love Weezer too! How deep is your obsession and what's behind all those =W= cover songs?
Josh: We have a strange knack for getting invited to cover songs by bands we're not that aware of. It's been incredible to cover Weezer's tunes and other groups as well. Up next for us is TRex.
Rivers Cuomo's Nirvana obsession is well documented. What's your impression of Seattle a decade after the grunge hype?
Josh: There is a crazy grunge cover band that plays for 37-year-old people downtown every weekend. I've been meaning to go for the past 8 years. Rock is still the main deal here because of all the rain and the beer and people not bathing. Seriously though, its a very inspiring place to be.
Brendan: It is a fun place to make music. I was in San Diego buying all the grunge CDs during the grunge hype, so I've only experienced the post-grunge Seattle. People here just seem to love live music. I don't want to live anywhere where the community is letting live music die.
Does the coming presidential election scare you at all? Do politics ever play a part in your lyrics?
Josh: I'm not a fan of our current situation at all. I'm going to make sure to remind, or force, people in our age group to vote. Politics don't play a direct role in the lyrics but I recently wrote a song about politicians/world leaders not paying attention to their significant other. Maybe it'll be on the boxed set....
Brendan: I was very smug toward people that voted for Al Gore just to keep GWB out of office. I thought that the two-party system needed to crumble, so I voted for Nader. I don't regret that vote, but this time I will vote for whoever gets the Democratic nomination.
Are you ever coming to play on the East Coast?
Josh: Hopefully in the winter. We both used to live in Boston and we hope to be out there more often in the coming years.
Brendan: I hope so. Still working out the jetBlue sponsorship.
Wednesday, 18 February 2004
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