RIVAL SONS Frontman Has 'Serious Trouble' With Current Political Situation In U.S.: 'It's Very Embarrassing'

RIVAL SONS Frontman Has 'Serious Trouble' With Current Political Situation In U.S.: 'It's Very Embarrassing'

RIVAL SONS frontman Jay Buchanan says that he has "very serious trouble" with the current political situation in the U.S., explaining that "we have a lot bigger problems" in the country "than what's being focused on right now."

When asked in a recent interview with Sandra Hajduk if he thinks musicians should stay away from politics or if they should get involved, Jay responded (see video below): "I don't see any need for a musician to be quiet or to be silent when they feel like they need to say something. I think that for an artist, we have a platform where we can talk to a lot of people, and sometimes, for me, being an American, I look at our politics [and] I have serious trouble with it. I have very serious trouble with the current situation. It's very embarrassing, and it's really difficult.

"Some people will say, 'Okay, don't be political because you'll lose fans,' or something like that, and that just sounds terrible," he continued. "Well, why would you be quiet about something that's important to you just so you can make more money? Or people say, 'You just concentrate on your music. Don't worry about that stuff.' Well, when you have someone in office that is declaring a national emergency to build a wall between the United States and Mexico while Michigan doesn't have drinking water… We have a lot bigger problems in the United States than what's being focused on right now."

Buchanan added: "I'm not an overtly political person, and I don't think you have to be political to look at a situation and say that you think it's ridiculous. There's nothing political about that. So, the politicking is for the politicians, and having a social obligation and a moral obligation, that's just called being a human being. That isn't political. So when you see something that's unjust, it's okay to talk about it."

RIVAL SONS' latest album, "Feral Roots", was released on January 25 via Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records. The disc was produced by Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb at Nashville's famed RCA Studio A, and the equally legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).