Anti-Flag - Interview (April 2003)
Am 07.03.03 spielten ANTI-FLAG im Kölner Underground auf und im Grunde war dieser Termin fest eingeplant, schließlich sollten wir auch ein Interview mit den Jungs führen. Doch wie es mal wieder das Schicksal so wollte platzte dieses Vorhaben nach Köln zu fahren und so war ich im Endeffekt froh, dass wir einige unserer Fragen noch per E-Mail nachschicken konnten. Dies verzögerte sich aber auch noch ein wenig, genauso wie die Antworten und so erscheint die ein oder andere der folgenden Fragen vielleicht ein wenig überholt. Dennoch wollen wir Euch diese natürlich nicht vorbehalten....
1.) Most concerts of your tour with ZSK were already sold out weeks in advance. Would have you expected such an enthusiasm on this tour?
I thought that some people in Europe were interested in Anti-Flag, but I didn’t realize that people would be so enthusiastic. So it was really exciting for us, and we can’t wait to come back!
2.) What were for you the most beautiful moments on this tour? And there were also negative experiences?
It’s really exciting to travel so far away from home and find that there are people all around the world who feel the same way you do. I think our most beautiful moment, for me, was recording the protest song with the Donots while we were in Germany. They’re awesome friends and it was great to work on a project with them. Especially one that had so much meaning for me. There really weren’t negative experiences. At the end of the tour I was not ready to go home.
3.) The last year you have toured in Europe with MILLENCOLIN and DONOTS in big halls. What's better for you to play? To play before a lot of people or to reach less people only want to see you?
Well, there’s positives and negative to both of these kinds of shows. I enjoy each for their own reasons. Small shows are really energized and the interaction with the audience is much better and more personal. Big shows are exciting because it’s just exciting to be in front of so many people, also, the hope that we are reaching out to people who haven’t heard our message before is a great motivation during bigger shows.
4.) Was it important for you to travel with a political interested band, concerning the current political situation?
Well, we wouldn’t have toured with a band that was pro-war! However, the Donots, for instance, are not blatantly political with their music but personally they are all very political. So politics in a band’s music isn’t a requirement for us, but it was definitely a positive.
5.) How and when it came to the idea of the "Anti-War-Song" with the DONOTS?
Well, the whole story is on our website. But basically, I wrote a song right before we were leaving for Europe and wanted to record it. I was emailing back and forth with Ingo from the Donots and the idea just came to me.
6.) More and more governments takes position against the war, also Blair bounces on account of inner pressure. Do you think Bush could change his intention to attack the Iraq about this public pressure?
Well, obviously, no. Bush has an agenda that does not value or include the opinion of the people. He didn’t win the election in the U.S. legally, so why would he worry about what the American people, or the world, think? He’s a fascist and an extreme religious fundamentalist, so I think it’s important that people continue to raise opposition against him in order to prevent him from spreading more terror around the world.
7.) What do you think comes after the war? First of all in regard to the domestic political situation of the USA and Bush?
Well, the majority of Americans will love Bush because they are fed a great deal of disinformation by the U.S. media, which is working hand-in-hand with the Pentagon to only report their version of the ‘truth’. It’s a great propaganda machine. Joseph Goebbels would be proud. Unfortunately, Americans have been brainwashed to only care about themselves in most instances. Therefore, I think the real downfall of Bush with the American people will come when our economy is in dire, dire straits. Which I believe it will be because these wars that he’s throwing are going to cost a lot of money, and he’s completely dismantling all of America’s social programs. Also, there are Americans who see through his lies and their voices will rise to the surface once the American people begin to turn on Bush because of the economy. This is sad, but it’s the way it is in the U.S.
8.) What do yu think is the real reason for Bush to led this war in your opinion? The battle against the terrorism is fine more than alibi I think. What is your opinion of that?
Money, money, money! Companies that are very closely linked to people in the Bush adminstration are going to be rebuilding Iraq, making billions of dollars. One example is Haliburton, whom Fortune magazine has reported still pays Cheney "up to $1 million a year in deferred compensation." This is on top of the $33 million he received in stock upon stepping down when he was appointed Vice President. Haliburton was awarded contracts in Iraq by the Bush Administration that have no ending date and that they didn’t even have to bid on. This is just one example. The U.S. is now in control of all the oil in Iraq, etc., etc., etc. I think the war on terrorism is an excuse for the Bush Administration to do whatever they want. Fear as a weapon against the American people has been very effective, and one of the reasons they are so willing to go along with everything Bush says. So try not to totally hate Americans. They are victims in this too.
9.) There will be on your label "A-F Records" this year still Releases?
There are going to be a ton of releases. The most exciting to me is a band called Intro5pect, which I produced. They remind me of Atari Teenage Riot meets The Business. Other good releases The Vacancy, Tabula Rasa, and Destruction Made Simple. Go to www.a-frecords.com to get all the information about releases.
10.) What's about a new album of ANTI FLAG? Still be recording on "Fat Wreck"?
We are recording this very moment that I am writing to you! Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and more recently, Audioslave, is producing. We are about one week in to the recording session. The record will be released on Fat in October.
11.) What ANTI FLAG will still undertake this year?
Well, after already doing some touring we will finish our record, then Japan, then the U.S., then Europe, then back home, and probably back to Europe. What do you think of that? I think that means I won’t be home very much! I better buy my girlfriend a nice birthday present!
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