We leave the culture war
It is time for us to leave the culture war.
As one of the most influential and thought-provoking indie bands today we have had the privilege of supporting and help building a different approach to music than what we normally find in the music industry. From the beginning we have dealt with tragedy, loss and death in many of our songs, and we have continued down a path of ”never conform, always break free”.
Like all societies Sweden has a financial and political elite, however. And like all societies the elites never look kindly on those who ask questions and challenge status quo. Therefore we have found an audience among independent-minded people who have played our music.
We have met a wide range of viewpoints, from anarcho-capitalists, libertarians and punks, to reactionaries, rockers and third-positionists. We have also had the honor of meeting many cancelled artists, influencers, producers, entrepreneurs and content creators. It has been a privilege.
More than once, however, fans and antagonists alike have assumed that we share the ideological viewpoints of all these people. We do not.
Like Henri Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross that we honored with the song Solferino in 2017, we have tried to heal the wounded on all sides and condemned censorship and other atrocities. It has however been a tough job in a situation where cancel culture has been canonized into normality.
Perhaps it is impossible to make post-1789 kind of people understand a pre-1789 way of thinking. In other words, can he who looks at the world and sees a game of Othello, learn to see beyond the flat surface of partizan politics?
We are more than that. Our way of thinking dates back farther than even most reactionaries can comprehend. We are Ask and Embla walking into the world in a past so distant that conformity is not even a concept worth debating to us.
Therefore, the next time we meet you will hear a whole new set of songs. We will no longer try to create a better world where people understand each other, but just enjoy the beauty and joy of creativity. It will be deep culture critique but the war will have to rage on without us.
Lilou & John