Call me A. 20 years old. London/Cambridge, UK.
Rise Against. Motion City Soundtrack. The Flatliners. The Swellers. Frank Turner. Anti-Flag. Blink-182. Ignite. Escape the Fate. Sonic Syndicate. The Loved Ones. Tegan and Sara. Useless ID. X Japan. A Wilhelm Scream. D.R.U.G.S. God Is An Astronaut. One OK Rock. 30 Seconds to Mars. Barcelona. Death Cab For Cutie. The Decemberists. The Gaslight Anthem. Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun. Comeback Kid. Against Me!
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The tragedy in Newtown has sparked a much needed dialogue about safety in America. While some shrug their shoulders and claim there is no solution, Rise Against knows from touring the world for the last 12 years that countries with comprehensive mental health programs and responsible gun laws are not afflicted with the gun violence statistics that plague America. Not only do solutions exist, but there are already examples and evidence readily available if we peer outside our own border.
We encourage you to join us and Demand A Plan ( www.demandaplan.org). We believe its common sense to require a criminal and mental background check for every gun sold, to outlaw the sale of weapons that are strictly for military use and have no useful purpose in sport hunting or self defense, to ban high capacity magazine clips, and to make gun trafficking a federal crime. Don’t let Newtown fade into memory without demanding sensible and meaningful action that could potentially alter our future for the better.
Someone brought up to me while we were doing Appeal To Reason, “Which songwriters write your singles?” We’ve never had a songwriter help us out with anything. No one’s ever asked us to write a single. And to be honest, I’d rather fail on my own, than succeed with someone else’s song. You’ll never see me out there singing someone else’s song. It’s just not going to happen. Even if you would say to me like, “Here, I’ve seen the future. I have a crystal ball. Your band fails with the music that you write for your sixth record, but it also succeeds if you just get this guy who wrote that Hinder hit to write your song.” I’d be like, “You know what, I’ll take the fail.” I don’t want success unless it comes from us, unless it comes from inside
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