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rnacular, it all becomes this one big rallying cry. That's the thing that's most frightening to me, you know we've talked about how this tour, we've joked about the purpose of it is to bring "universal love," and yea, it's hokey...
SCOTT D: We talk about it all the time, in different levels or another, but you talk about tying politics and music--but this little band, what does that have to do with politics? How do we effect--I mean, we're just out playing music every night, how does that change the political realm, or even the social realm? I mean we have an audience for a few hours every night, and then they're gone so I think that ties in with what you're [Elliott] saying, I think we do, I think there is like a spiritual background to it and I think that maybe our political views, they're views that I think are very important to everyone in this band, even though I don't think it's definitely an overt political message we're trying to send. But I think it's an underlying thing like a caring not only for our audience but for like, humanity.
On a lighter note, in an interview with Rockin' the Scene, Fred, you said you fantasized about riding bikes with Brian Wilson...
FRED: He asked me what I would do to hang out with Brian Wilson, and I was like, "dude, I don't want to meet fuckin' Brian Wilson," he seems like a real depressed guy. So I just thought--shit, I'm about to go ride a bike anyway, so that's what I said. It had more to do with riding bikes than Brian Wilson.
Well, I was going to ask, if you felt that way about Brian Wilson--if you thought the same occurrence could happen with Rivers Cuomo.
FRED: I would never ride a bike with Rivers Cuomo. I don't like Weezer at all. He seems like a nice guy but he doesn't seem like he even rides bikes--doesn't seem like he rides bikes at all.
Do you ride bikes?
FRED: All the time.
Great. [Pause] So you don't see any parallel between like, the aesthetics, the pop...
FRED: Absolutely not! I see absolutely no connection between our band and Weezer.
Oh no, I meant a corollary between Weezer and Brian Wilson...
FRED: I see less of a connection between Brian Wilson and Rivers Cuomo.
Did you hear Smile?
FRED I haven't heard it yet.
STEVE: I heard it sounds like The Blue Album...
Well that's all I was asking really; if you were into Brian Wilson, hanging out with him...
FRED: Listen. I wouldn't not hang out with him but I would not hang out with Rivers Cuomo.
Well, is there anything else you want our readers to know about the band?
FRED: Uh, what magazine is this for?
FRED: Oh, awesome. I'm sorry, I didn't even know.
No, it's cool.
STEVE: You missed that part of the briefing.
FRED:: Yeah, I did.
FRED: Our band is trying very, very hard all the time, and it's just a band, it's not that big a deal, but in that, it's the biggest deal it could possibly be. There really is a hope for universal understanding and universal love with our music. That's the only goal we have.
--Stewart Smith, Tim Rogan
Thursday, 23 December 2004
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