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" I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless. "
" I'm not afraid of computers taking over the world. "
" I feel like, as musicians, we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what's happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. "
" Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just look at it. "
" I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape. "
" You think I have the responsibilty... I have the responsibility to give the fans a good time! "
" I've never believed that pop music is escapist trash. There's always a darkness in it, even amidst great pop music. "
" I think we're entering a very dangerous time. The West has set itself up, decided it's in charge, not for good intentions, not for the benefit of mankind. "
" I had a series of mini-breakdowns where the public persona - this thing, this face, this person who writes this music... I would walk past that person in the mirror or listen to that person playing guitar and I didn't know who they were. "
" At home I've got a very puerile, juvenile sense of humour. "
" Someone needs to tell the truth, but it shouldn't be my job. "
" Being in a band turns you into a child and keeps you there. "
" I think sometimes all the charities are doing is mopping up the blood. It's a shame. "
" We toyed with the idea of making it a double album, but I think that would only have confused everybody even more, so we decided to stick with the songs we picked. "
" I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first. Most of it was taken from the radio because -suddenly being a parent- I'd be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day. "
" One of the interesting things here is that the people who should be shaping the future are politicians. But the political framework itself is so dead and closed that people look to other sources, like artists, because art and music allow people a certain freedom. "
" People in bands don't have the kind of conversations people might think they have. The best things about being in a band are the things that are unsaid. "
" The people in charge, globally, are maniacs. They are maniacs, and unless we do something about it these people are going to deprive us of a future. "
" I think maybe since there isn't a great deal of access to the mainstream media and people don't understand the language of mainstream media, if you put music out there with lyrics that are loosely political, people absorb some of it and spit it back out. "
" My songs are my kids. Some of them stay with me, some others I have to send out, out to the war. It might sound stupid and it might even sound naive, but that's just the way it is. "
" If we got into a situation where people start burning our records, then bring it on. That's the whole point. The gloaming has begun. We're in the darkness. This has happened before. Go read some history. "
" We don't have to stand on a soap-box and preach because hopefully we're channelling it through the new record. "
" This was something that was obsessing me and creating a writer's block. To get involved and get stuck in, get the proper information about what's going on has really helped. "
" I think artists can influence only through making music that challenges people, excites them and flips them out. Music that repeats what you know in ever-decreasing derivation, that's unchallenging and unstimulating, deadens our minds, our imagination and our ability to see beyond the hell we find ourselves in. "
" I grew up under Thatcher. I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless. Then gradually over the years it occurred to me that this was actually a very convenient myth for the state. "