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We Are Scientists slam Rage Against the Machine

How was the Reading/Leeds Festival experience for New Yorkers We Are Scientists? It seems the band’s actual sets at the English festival will be the least remembered aspect of their appearance this weekend. At Leeds, band members Chris Cain and Keith Murray were caught on camera by NME as they got into a fight and trashed their own dressing room. At Reading, Cain and Murray laid into Rage Against the Machine for the “new shit of pretension that they've added into their set."

Unfortunately the video clip showing Cain and Murray’s dressing room destruction appears to have been removed from NME’s site at present. But temperatures were clearly running high as the band members commented on Rage’s headline set at Reading. “I really hate political statements coming from bands,” says Murray, who is clearly not a Billy Bragg fan. “I feel like the last person I want to hear a philosophy from is someone whose one credential is that they can play the guitar."

Murray may want to take an extended hiatus from the U.S. in the build up to the election later this year, which is sure to find numerous bands endorsing Barack Obama’s campaign. But he also appears to contradict himself by saying of Rage: “no matter whether or not you think they're a bunch of fools who are trapped in freshmen year of university, [they] are at least speaking their minds and like trying to make a difference.” Uh, thanks for that Keith. [NME]
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So basically they wish RATM didn't exist.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Who are these dudes..?
Oh wait, I don't care.
Phew, that's a relief.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Al/batmulletjpg.jpg Al

? - yeah

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they sound like a bunch of envious little girls in high school. Rage rocks I am glad they have the balls to go against the norm


Everyone has a right to talk about politics and society. If this kind of stuff was left for "philosophers" or whoever the hell these guys think, then nobody would have the right to say anything. Lame. I think these guys are just jealous - Rage owns.


i'm lovin' that i've read about this story on 3 websites and 99.5% of the comments all lambast these fools for talking some stupid sh_t. Say what you will about RATM, they've showed their conviction. I wish that half the "indie" music world could have half that much balls.

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F-ck these clowns. If they were less self-absorbed they'd know that RATM members are not only educated intellectuals who happen to rock harder than any band in recent memory, but dedicated activists that take part in movements they believe in. These fools are trashing their hotel room on tour; Zach D. cut a tour short to participate in the armed Zapitista uprising in Oaxaca. Saying you aren't political is in itself an inherently political (and fascistly conservative in this age). Again, f-ck these clowns.

Real Scientist

Pretty sure Tom went to harvard, so he knows a little bit more then just how to play guitar

Check yo self

This is hilarious.... First off We Are Scientists.....WHO?! Second, if they are saying that music shouldn't be influenced by politics to an extent, then obviously they write with no passion. These guys sound like complete idiots and to top it all off, their RATM jealousy boiled overboard and they took it out on their dressing room. I don't even know why this made the news, if they had any fans before they don't now.


both bands are lame as crap, i'd rather discuss this excellent oatmeal cookie i am eating. pret is #1

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Yo acb.. is that a dick cookie your eating?
Don't choke on it!

On another note how was tokyo?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Al/batmulletjpg.jpg Al

ha, tokyo ruled! it's probably the most amusing place ive ever been.

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I got news for you! Tom Morello SOLD OUT and Zack De La ROACH incessant whining is way past tired. RATM has become the norm in this country. A bunch of whiny beeotches who want socialism instead of getting up off their a$$es and doing something for themselves.

Socialism is a FAILED experiment. If you want to experience it firsthand move to Cuba (one of the few remaining socialist countries). I remember that Audioslave recorded a concert there a few years back. If it is the workers paradise WTF did they all come back to the USA??

Dayum Skippy

Skippy... U.S. trade embargoes have strangled any hope of economic progress in Cuba. No the Cuban people don't have the personal wealth that we enjoy in North America... and maybe thats what the allure was to these people.

But if compared to the rest of South America and the Carribean, they enjoy free healthcare, and education for all Cubans. These things are results of a socialist state. And because the wealth is not clustered into 5% of the population as in other parts of South America, the class divide is not such a gaping hole as it is in the rest of the continent.

Cubans export their Doctors and professors to other parts of South America because most of that continent lacks an educated middle class.

Capitalism succeeded in South America because the strength of tanks and the grips of ruthless (U.S. backed) dictators. Those people didn't elect their capitalist leaders, those leaders were forced upon them. Look into Chile's history, it was the experimental playground for Chicago university economic theory and it resulted in decades of debt, and thousands of lives taken (people who opted for socialism). The economic wound perpetrated in those early years of Pinochet still haven't fully healed, and its almost 50 years later.

So we can praise our shiny capitalist model all we want, but we should understand that it was (and is) responsible for more bloodshed in the world than any socialist experiment (including Stalin's Russia).
Democracy and imperialism are not the same thing, but with each passing generation we move closer to the latter, and more and more our choices get diminished.

And ACB... Tokyo rules, did you end up going to one of those bars where the chicks let you suck on their tits ever time the siren goes off? I shoulda went to one of those.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Al/batmulletjpg.jpg Al

is that a dick cookie you're* eating?
NOT YOUR, you imbecile.

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