Violet Nine at CBGB's
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on Terror"—I don't think there is any single human being that could be elected as the president of this country that would guarantee 100 percent the safety of this country.
I don't necessarily think, "Oh, well September 11th will never happen again." I'm not that naive. I don't want to live in that insulated kinda mindset where I feel safe because I choose to feel safe and pretend that there's nothing else going on in the world. I think what upsets me is—with polls saying Bush and Kerry are roughly fifty/fifty at this point—that's upsetting to me from the standpoint of how clear a decline it has been in the past four years, that half the country is still saying "this man is a good president and he is protecting my interests." We have wars and American soldiers dying and I don't know why we have these wars. I would like them to be wrapped up as smoothly and quickly as possible—I realize that is a very idealistic, naive kinda statement.
I was listening to the radio the other day—a kind of conservative radio station. The topic was that "1000 American soldiers had died in the conflict, call in with your opinion" and what they said was they need to get back to "killing more damn Iraqis." And I thought, "well those 'damn Iraqis' are mothers and fathers and sons and brothers just like Americans, just like all people in the world. I don't want any of them to die! This is fucking ridiculous! I don't think the answer is to just keep shooting people with turbans. That's my brilliant political statement for the day.
Tim The War on Terror—the term is a little unbelievable...
John That's a point right there. People aren't even sure if it's a "War on Terror" or a war in Iraq. People try to blur everything into one big mess...
Ben What's gonna make Bush win—and I'm not quite sure if he's gonna win or not—but I think what is gonna make him win is if people associate the war in Iraq as the War on Terrorism. If they can get that through the debate, he could leave the debate saying "A War in Iraq is gonna keep us safer"—then, he's gonna win.
Tim So what's it like playing CBGB's?
John I walked into the main room while we were loading in and I didn't realize how graffitied that place was. I was like "Wow!"
Tim It's really weird to be in a place with so much history concentrated.
Ben It's just one of those places you just have to play. If you haven't played it, you haven't really played NY.
Tim OK, so what should everybody know about Violet Nine?
Ben I want people to know that when you listen to us and when you see our show, it's a full and true collaboration of fives people's completely different influences. I think that's rare and I think that something that is really a strong point of this band.
Keep an eye out for Violet Nine's next release, recorded live at the Cutting Room in NYC. Check out their website for updates. www.violetnine.net
--Tim Rogan, William Wallace
Sunday, 26 September 2004
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