“Over the past 30 or so years, most people have chosen to pursue the rewards of conformity instead of the fruits of revolt. What they have been left with are ugly and stupid lives, ugly and stupid places and a planet pushed to the very edge of destruction by capitalism’s efforts to keep feeding them new promises of consumable happiness.” —Adbusters, who might argue that being harsh is the only way to get anyone’s attention anymore.
“The rituals in a Catholic mass are really interesting; playing a rock show has a lot of rituals, too: the sound checks and setups, opening music, the closing number. There’s all these kinds of parallels between the way we commune around the church and the way we commune around a rock show. I don’t think they’re necessarily strange bedfellows.” —Craig Finn from The Hold Steady