Violet Nine at CBGB's
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ore active. I have very strong opinions but I have no idea if they have any basis in reality so—I'm pretty ignorant I guess.
Tim So you guys are not expressly interested in becoming political as a band?
Nick I wouldn't shy away from it...
Tom I would definitely be open to, for example, if there was some kind of pro-voting show...actually, we played one. We did play a show encouraging people to vote. I think it's important to vote. Outside from that, I'm not sure we would ever take any clear stance on anything.
Ben At this point in our careers and what we're doing- 99 percent of the time is dedicated to writing and doing shows. But if an opportunity came to play some sort of a political geared event, we would definitely take it, take advantage of that situation. Like this magazine—I mean, there are not many politic/music magazines. This is actually the first and only that ever came up to us. It was something that was really interesting to us because we didn't know what to expect. It's better than getting the same old questions.
Bill John, you had something to say?
John Outside the band, I am probably the most political out of everyone here. I have Internet now which I got a few months ago. I am sick of watching Fox news.
Bill What's your beef with Fox?
John It's Republican! I laugh at it all day. I just got that movie Outfoxed which shows—if people don't think it's Republican then they have to watch this movie. And it was great. I have Republican friends and we have heated discussion all the time and we agree to disagree and what I love is that we can talk about it because no one else is. All my other friends—they don't know what to say. They just watch the blurbs that you see on the news.
Tim Right. It feels like that what you're being told is that dissent is not okay at this point and, that you know, conversation on it, discourse on it, is not ok.
John And lately I have been feeling that—it feels like school again where you are being pushed into the corner and it's like " I don't have to put up with this anymore." And I'm starting to learn how to be more talkative and active about it in a civilized way. What people want these days is for the left and the right to be against each other so they can get off the real issues. People just have to take a step back and really look at things.
Bill How do you feel about the two-party system? How do you feel about Ralph Nader?
John He's a great guy but he is really in a tough situation right now. I wish there could be more people rather than just him. There should be ten more people like Ralph Nader running. So it wouldn't be like "Oh, Nader is gonna make Bush win." If there were ten people more like Nader then Bush wouldn't even be a problem.
Tim What do you guys think about the whole thing in Iraq and the War On Terror?
Nick Whenever I open my mouth about the subject at all, I am aware of how tense the situation is and how split people can be. I think the thing for me is the so-called "War
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