Before their show at Open’er Festival in Poland, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and bassist Nate Mendel talked with Onet News (video below) to touch on being “rock stars”, the upcoming album and whether or not politics has an influence on their music.
Here’s what Taylor had to say in regard to state of the United States with Donald Trump as President (as transcribed by Loudwire):
“I mean it’s insane, but you know, it really is a mirror image of our culture in America right now. So people blame [President Trump], but he’s just a symptom of a generation of reality TV obsessed, selfie obsessed, Facebook obsessed, tweet obsessed, self-obsessed people. So we got that president because I think, unless the Russians really did hack in, we got what we deserve.
“I think in a certain way, it’s a good chance for people to take a look at where we are as a culture and say, is this where we want to be? An orange, fake haired, tweeting president, who tweets childish remarks about people who say little mean things about him, because that’s where we are right now. It’s a freaking weird freaky time, but it’s really representative of where our culture is right now.
“There’s a whole middle America out there who believed it when he said, ‘We’re going to make America great again,’ which is just fuckking rhetoric. We got an orange president who tweets, it’s insane! As Dave [Grohl] has said, there’s going to be a lot of good rock and roll hopefully, or music that can come out of political strife. It’s a hell of a price to pay for some good music, but hopefully at least that’ll happen. I don’t know, hopefully people are taking a look at themselves right now, and their culture, saying okay, have we gone too far? Because I think we have.”
Check out the interview below: