Q and Not U, 2005
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oia of wartime America can really have an effect on the way we perceive human intimacy. I tried to hit on all of these topics in "Wet Work."
What sort of big changes did you make in writing this album?
I think the songs are a little stronger in a pop sense because we wrote a lot of the material on our own before presenting it to the band. But this band has always been a democracy and everything gets shuffled around once everyone gets their hands on it. That said, I think everyone upped their game a little. Harris dove headfirst into the world of keyboards and I think the record turned out all the better. I think it takes a lot of fearlessness to dive into something totally new, which is why I always love playing with Harris and John.
Does the title Power have a greater significance?
Absolutely. Power is a very suggestive word that engenders so many different meanings--we couldn't resist using it. Who does it belong to?
Again, in our last interview, Chris, you said "I would agonize over it if this election wasn't so unique, but removing Bush from office needs to be everyone's number one priority." This was not obviously a reality. You had mentioned that you like to look at "our country's potential" taking an optimistic view of the future. Since the reelection of Bush, how do you feel? Are you more motivated to be active? To send a message with your music? What do you plan on doing?
I've struggled tremendously with the results of the election, both personally and politically. It was a devastating blow and I was totally shocked by the outcome. But I had a wonderful conversation with a good friend of mine recently. She said that she's glad Bush won because it's going to keep our generation vigilant. She thinks if Kerry took it, everyone would have packed their bags and gone back to buying shit on eBay all day. Now, of course I wish John Kerry was being sworn in but her rationale gives me a little comfort. I hope that our generation stays watchful and active over the next four years and continues to fight this monstrosity. I'm going to do my best to do just that despite the personal sense of loss and alienation I felt from my country on November 3rd.
Recently, Bush met with Alabama state representative Gerald Allan, a part of Bush's "base" according to The Guardian. As of late, Allan has been discussing the possibility of a bill to ban the use of state monies to buy books or other such materials that promote "homosexual behavior." Allan has specifically gone on record as saying, yes, he would ban Alice Walker's The Color Purple. This obviously perturbs more than just the Homosexual community. What are your thoughts?
That's whack! But sadly, the Bush regime can't really su
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