Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Skerik - Critters Buggin, McTuff, Syncopated Taint

Is this election different than past elections, why or why not?

Every election is different, and very much the same. Depending on one's understanding of history, it will determine your understanding/frustration, etc with the current events. I am very happy to see women getting involved at high levels of American politics, but I feel Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Palin, although they are very different, represent nothing new, and are perpetuating a broken system. We are seeing the failures of the Reagan administration's policies in two important areas, deregulation, and the solicitation of the Christian right. When people rant and rave about what is 'American,' and in the same breath support censorship, religion in government, and other unconstitutional ideologies, I get crazy and pray for more punk rock to come and educate the masses!!!

What is the relationship between music and politics and how - if at all, has this relationship affected your music?

I am constantly motivated by current events and my (mostly instrumental) music reflects this. Although it is not something tangible, emotions, thoughts, feelings, etc are constantly seeping into the music we play, and in turn, transmitted to the people who listen. I am very disappointed in most singer-songwriters these days, I rarely hear any kind of protest songs, whether serious, or irreverent. Thank god for The Daily Show and many comedians who are taking up the slack, otherwise I would have killed myself 8 years ago!!! We need some new DEAD KENNEDYS style bands with some 'REAGAN HATES ME' anthems. I see Ani DiFranco, part time Rage Against the Machine, and Spearhead, etc doing their part, but what about bigger artists? Where are the Pete Seegers, Bob Dylans, Joe Hills of today?

If you could speak directly to all American voters, what would you say?

Please read the CONSTITUTION, and A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Howard Zinn and tell me if we are not becoming a fascist, greed worshiping, xenophobic, theocracy?!?!? We are in big trouble if MCCAIN/ PALIN gets in office, the era of apathy needs to end this November, please motivate ALL your friends to vote, it's the ONLY way to initiate even a small amount of change, and it is crucial that it happen NOW!!! Anyone with a passport will tell you that the whole world is watching us now, if we fuck this up, we will lose a lot, and I want my daughter to be able to travel and see the world when she grows up, PLEASE!!!!

Skerik's next gig is on 10/18 in Portland with McTuff, complete tour dates available here.

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