Interview with Bernays Propaganda

<div class="field field-type-text field-field-zine-art-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"> En gang i blant s&aring; dukker det opp band som evner &aring; redefinere en sjanger eller kanskje t&oslash;ye rammene akkurat s&aring; langt at de ogs&aring; f&aring;r et publikum utenfor den harde kjernen. I Norge s&aring; var f.eks. Life... But How to Live It? et s&aring;nn band. I Sverige s&aring; var Refused et annet, og i USA er Fugazi et godt eksempel. Vi snakker om universelt gode band uavhengig av sjangertilh&oslash;righet. Bernays Propaganda er definitivt et s&aring;nn band. Da Bernays Propaganda spilte p&aring; Blitz s&aring; var flere av de som fikk med seg konserten unisont enige om at det var en av fjor&aring;rets beste og mest inspirerende konserter. Den 9. juni har du igjen mulighet til &aring; f&aring; med deg Bernays Propaganda samt Xaxaxa (ogs&aring; fra Makedonia), Dark Times og Strike a Match p&aring; Humla i Oslo. V&aelig;r der eller v&aelig;r s&aelig;r! Eller begge deler, det er ogs&aring; ok. &nbsp; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=""&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;No Translation by Bernays Propaganda&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; What inspired you to write the song &laquo;No Translation&raquo;? Tina: It&rsquo;s one of the most emotional, sincere songs that we've ever created! I&rsquo;m not religious, but I would say that &laquo;No translation&raquo; is a prayer, fanatical lifetime battle, commitment... alarm, a desperate scream, cry whose intention is to melt somebody&rsquo;s frozen heart, to the degree of absolute abstention from eating, wearing, torturing or killing animals. How did you get into veg(etari)anism? Tina: Definitely the crucial impact which radically changed my life ethics about the animal rights, veg(etari)anism issue, was first through the zines, bands, pamphlets, within the DIY, anarchist community. That&rsquo;s when I started to think seriously about the implications of my moral choices, but I think that the real moment of revelation, was when I saw for the first time an explicit, uncensored visualization, video where animals had been killed. I was crying like somebody killed my friend. But also in that exact second I was disgusted by myself! And decided that I will never participate in that butchery, for the rest of my life! Vasko: I was reading a zine 11 years ago. It was a Active Minds or Chumbawamba interview. I can&rsquo;t remember now, but I remember that after reading about their explanation about vegetarianism I became vegetarian. Years before, I was trying to become vegetarian but it didn&rsquo;t happened &lsquo;till that crucial interview moment. I was vegan for 4 years but I&rsquo;ve turned into vegetarianism again in the last year. Anyway, the line for me is really thin because I still eat about 70% vegan, but sometimes it&rsquo;s hard for me to keep a vegan diet while I am on the road with non-vegan bands (I drive bands on tour) so it was a practical decision. At the end of the day, the vegetarian/vegan way of life is my lifetime choice. Included in your debut album Happiness Machines is a brilliant essay on human violence. How did human beings end up as castrated of compassion? Tina: Probably the constant daily presence of the horror images of massacre, tortures, violence, images which are fictional (in movies, cartoons, games) or real life (on the streets, TV news, daily newspapers), made us so immune, ignorant, coldblooded and incapable of compassion to people or animals. Which is practically the same feeling, but we made the biggest mistake, when we decided that we gonna be restrictive or selectively sensitive and the compassion will be only a reservation to a special people&rsquo;s club. We neutralized, our feelings so much, that it looks like our ability to take responsibility for our actions, is surgically and irreversible removed. The animal slaughter is a murder without a victim, or a murder without a murderer, cause nobody wants to take the responsibility. In this context of everyday escapism, it is difficult to establish a causal connection, within a terminology which provides us an alibi. We talk about meat, fur, leather, but we never think of animal (life), In those words, the animal does not exist; it exists only as a retired, absent, irreversibly lost referent&hellip; The battle is to find the best way to explain, reconnect this lost connection in people&rsquo;s minds. That&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re trying to do. &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=""&amp;amp;amp;gt;My Personal Holiday by Bernays Propaganda&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt; On your latest album the lyrics of the title track &laquo;My Personal Holiday&raquo; also touch upon the subject of vegetarianism: &quot;Sorry, we're not serving any flesh or blood&quot;. Do you have any particular personal experiences with meat eating during the holidays? Tina: Easter is a real butchery here. After 40 days of not eating meat orthodox Christians are killing thousands of lambs. They believe that they are celebrating Jesus' victory over death, but I think that they&rsquo;re only filling their stomach with dead meat. Same with the muslims. Kurban bajram is the same&hellip; a bunch of dead sheep and goats in the name of Allah. The workers are doing the same on the 1st of May. They are celebrating 8 hours working time with a bloody barbeque. Are you involved in any animal rights activities in Macedonia? Vasko: Yeah,we are involved with animal rights movement here through helping the Anima Mundi organization (before that we were helping Heart for the Animals but they are not active anymore). They are really great and they&rsquo;re doing a great job here, especially with the street dogs. What are some of your favorite animal liberation/rights related songs? Tina: The Smiths - &laquo;Meat is Murder&raquo; and Petrograd - &laquo;Ask Yourself Why&raquo;. Vasko: It&rsquo;s Youth of Today - &laquo;No More&raquo; and Petrograd - &laquo;Ask Yourself Why&raquo;. What can we expect from Bernay's Propaganda and Xaxaxa in Oslo on June 9? Vasko: Friendly, positive and constructive energy for sure. Honesty and passion. We will leave our hearts on stage and we will try to communicate with everyone in the room. We hope to meet some cool people and make new friendships. Expectations are high :-)</div> </div> </div>