The Spaniard wrote:In this case, the artist (The Bros) don't necessarily need to follow what their art transmit.
Not everything they include is a sincere endorsement, and I'm fully aware of that. I really doubt they believe in chemtrails or FEMA camps, but I have major contentions with the cynical idea that these samples are included just to boost sales instead of it being a flirtation/playing with dark conspiratorial themes in their music as a form of artistic expression. They find David Koresh crazy, but to say they don't actually care for or appreciate his ideas and just used him as the means to boosting sales is ridiculous.
The Spaniard wrote:Some groups have an identity or aesthetic and the members of the band don't always follow that identity. Also, BoC's aesthetic has changed over the years, and this fact takes us back to the same idea: each album is inspired by certain ideas that have nothing to do with the band.
They read about X and Y and they come up with an album inspired by X and Y. They read about the Branch Davidians and they came up with an amazing EP influenced by cults and "religious communities" that sold well.
This isn't proof of anything except that they like variance in their themes and don't want to express the same theme each album. As I say, I agree that not everything they put in is some endorsement, but you're completely ignoring the inherent meaning and purpose behind some
of what they produce, how much of it is effected by their own beliefs and passions, and instead saying rather cynically it's just the means to the end of making more sales.
The Spaniard wrote:I always try to take what they say with a pinch of salt. I really don't think they agree with the statement of Internet being evil. Yes, there are bad things about it, but come on...
It's probably a bit hyperbolic and tongue in cheek when they use the word "evil", but I don't actually know how you can just think it's a gimmick or part of an insincere aesthetic when you read into their interviews and see that they actually view technology in a certain way. And as I was saying, these kind of personal ideas do absolutely influence their music, and is part of the reason why I think they gravitated towards certain themes, for example the Branch Davidians.
Marcus: The theme of that EP was the idea that you can try to have an idealistic way of life out in the country, but only on the condition that the authorities approve it. The Branch Davidians were just an illustration for a bigger issue. Disregarding the fact that David Koresh’s beliefs were maybe crazy, that whole incident was a brutal reminder that we’re all basically toeing the line.
What you are saying is that not only are their themes the means to the end of making more money instead of genuine sincere artistic expression, they are lying through their teeth when they talk in interviews about their personal ideas and viewpoints, which is a cynical viewpoint.