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Helmet’s Page Hamilton Laments Donald Trump, Says: “Orange Juice Face Made It Okay To Be A Racist Douchebag”


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Helmet vocalist/guitarist Page Hamilton recently spoke of the impact the pandemic and ongoing tension amid the political climate has had on him, and how these issues played a part in inspiring material from the gold-certified band’s forthcoming new album, “Left“. Amid his explanation of that, he also took what appears to be a thinly veiled shot at former U.S. President Donald Trump, who is once again running for the position.

Speaking to 518scene.com, Hamilton commented:

“For me, the biggest part of it was the political climate, and how much it’s changed in our country. I can’t speak for other countries — I know Hungary has a fascist guy too, and there are neo-Nazis popping up and they’ve always been around — but they were a little more underground before Orange Juice Face made it okay to be a racist douchebag. That stuff really had an effect on me. I have a trans godson, for example. I have nieces and nephews. I have two other godsons. I would like to leave a better world behind when I go for them, than the current state of divisive, caustic [beliefs] and whatever is going on in this country.”

Hamilton further explained the album’s latest single “Gun Fluf“, which addresses his views on gun lobbying:

“I feel I have a right to express myself. I’m happy to sit down and have a conversation with any gun owner. I own guns. I grew up owning guns. I grew up in southern Oregon. I got a 12-gauge shotgun when I turned 12 from Grandpa Bones, and I hunted. I’m all for it, but I’m not all for there not being tighter restrictions on who can purchase a gun.

Automatic weapons are unnecessary for a citizen population. They’re not for hunting; they’re not for recreation. They are for killing human beings.

Every time there’s another mass murderer shooting, it affects me deeply. That’s just heartbreaking. What we are saying is, yes, we have the right to bear arms, but we also have children who have a right to go to school and not fear for their lives, or go grocery shopping — as in Buffalo — and not worry that somebody’s going to come in with an automatic weapon that can shoot 200 rounds in however many minutes. So that song poured out of me. It makes me angry that people are not more responsible.”

Left” will arrive on November 10th as the band’s ninth studio album. Touring for it is already underway.

With Soul Blind:

10/05 Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
10/06 Lititz, PA – Mickey’s Black Box
10/08 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
10/09 Huntington, WV – The Loud
10/10 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/11 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
10/13 Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall
10/14 Fort Worth, TX – Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
10/16 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger

Helmet:

11/08 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
11/10 Berlin, GER – Lido
11/11 Roskilde, DEN – Gimle
11/12 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan
11/14 Helsinki, FIN – Vanha
11/16 Hamburg, GER – Logo
11/17 Koln, GER – Gebaude 9
11/18 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/19 Eindhoven, NET – Effenaar
11/20 Frankfurt, GER – Zoom Club
11/21 Augsburg, GER – Kantine
11/21 Augsburg, GER – Kantine
11/23 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
11/24 Vienna, AUT – Szene
11/25 Budapest, HUN – Analog Music Hall
11/27 Mezzago, ITA – Bloom
11/28 Ravenna, ITA – Bronson Club
11/30 Madrid, SPA – Naza
12/01 Hondarribia, SPA – Psilocybenea
12/02 Nantes, FRA – Le Ferrailleur
12/03 Paris, FRA – Le Petit Bain
12/05 Leeds, UK – Key Club
12/06 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
12/08 Dublin, IRE – Academy
12/09 Limerick, IRE – Dolans
12/10 Belfast, IRE – Limelight
12/11 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
12/12 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
12/13 London, UK – Tufnell Park Dome

[via Blabbermouth.net]

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