Why Sabaton chose to avoid making political statements
While many rockers wear their political views on their sleeves (and on social media), you probably won’t find Sabaton adding fuel to the political fire. In a recent chat with German nation Moshpit, singer Joakim Broden explained why his band kept their views out of the public domain as much as possible and he denounced the divisive atmosphere that politics has created in the world today. today.
Offering his explanation of why the band was hesitant to share their opinions, he explained (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “We’re controversial, because that’s enough, singing about military history. We always avoided any political or religious commentary – for that reason, we’re already controversial enough. And also, I think that’s a statement in itself, and I think that’s refreshing.
The singer then explained, “I don’t want to tell people what to eat, what to vote for. I think it’s important to respect people. [with] different opinions, even if you think that opinion is totally wrong. And it is this lack of respect from all sides that has created this situation that we find ourselves in right now. So in that sense, I don’t want to put myself in that situation and I don’t want to put the band in the crosshairs either.”
The singer says that everyone in the band thinks about different things, but the one thing they can all agree on is that it’s completely okay to agree to disagree. “It’s totally normal to be almost mad at each other, but that doesn’t mean you should hate each other,” he adds. “That doesn’t mean you have to hit the other person.”
The singer says he also doesn’t like being told what he can and can’t take. “‘How could you go there and play because of this and this government?’ And it’s, like, none of the people that came to our concert [had] any part in that decision,” Broden said. “Choosing not to go somewhere based on those reasons would be a statement. And we don’t make those kinds of statements. I mean, if there’s one thing we make statements about, it would be freedom of speech, because we use that a lot. [Laughs]”
He also added that there should be more respect for each other, even when there are disagreements, and he questions those who let friendships fall apart over a bad disagreement. “I think people have become assholes; they can’t handle people [having] different opinions,” he added. “Everyone has to agree all the time.
Sabaton are currently promoting their Symphony to end all wars edition, which is a symphonic reimagining of the band’s music The war to end all wars album. It’s currently available here, and you can currently catch the band touring Europe.
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