Q and Not U, 2005
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rprise me anymore. I haven't become numb to their motives but every story I hear is a just another chapter in what will be their gruesome legacy. I would hope the activist community in Alabama makes a lot of noise about this.
Now, you are just getting back from a short stint in Europe. What's the climate over there, in terms of how they feel about Americans, Bush, etc? Was it inviting? Do you find a lot of Anti-American sentiment? Anti-Bush sentiment? What is that like?
A lot of Europeans are sympathetic while others are quite cynical. I had a lot of people say they were stunned at Bush's victory because they've never met an American abroad who supports him. Other folks accused us of only speaking out against Bush to get in the good graces of our European audience. Obviously, that really bummed me out. Rome was covered in anti-Bush graffiti--more than I've ever seen before. Stencils of his face labeled "Assasino!"
I asked you this earlier in the year, but I'd like to ask again: Where do you see the country headed?
It's so hard to say after the election but it looks like it's going to have to get worse before it gets better. I'll always be hopeful for the future. The Fight for Women's Suffrage and the Civil Rights movement fought odds higher than these. I hope our nation learns to become more humane in my lifetime.
Speaking of such issues, in September you guys played a show in protest of the Republican National Convention. Tell us about that. Was it a success? What was that experience like? What was the message?
We were at a very busy time for the band, so we didn't get to attend the protests on the street-level but we were thrilled to still be a part of the dissent. I think the RNC protests were successful in raising visibility against the Bush administration but I guess it wasn't enough to convince people in Ohio. Nevertheless, like many protests we've been a part of, the mood was a festive one and I think everyone brought a really intense energy to the show--both the musicians and the audience. I remember the set being pretty hot.
So I checked out the new website (relatively new) and its great. I notice that on your news page, you list a wide variety of alternative news sources. What are your thoughts on indie media, such as IndyMedia.org, Alternative Press and Tweed Magazine? What message are you trying to send about mainstream media?
Thanks! We linked those sites just to spread the word. After criticizing the popular media onstage, a lot of fans--especially younger ones--asked us where they should turn for news. So we thought linking them up would help raise awareness. I know it's a clich
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