The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett: ‘If we had Arnold Schwarzenegger then I might vote’

Keith Flint and Liam Howlett talk politics ahead of the UK General Election

The Prodigy have bemoaned the current political climate of the UK, suggesting that the country needs “more interesting characters”.

The group recently released their sixth studio album, ‘The Day Is My Enemy’, earlier this year with the album going on to become their sixth consecutive Number One. Now speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the band stated that they wouldn’t vote for any of the current political parties.

“They’re all crooks and they’re all liars, and they’re all just people trying to keep their jobs,” said vocalist Keith Flint. “I wouldn’t vote for any of them.”

Keyboardist Liam Howlett added, “We need some more interesting characters. If we had Arnie [Arnold Schwarzenegger], I might vote. Someone with a good haircut. The parties are so close to each other now, there’s not even much distance between them.”

Flint continued to criticise the lack of passion in politics, “I’m not here to change the world but I do think while you’re here you should have a bit of passion about life.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the band discussed the possibility of their retirement for the first time, admitting that the band is “gonna come to an end at some point”.

“I think that the band’s gonna come to an end at some point,” Flint told NME. “And it’s got to be soon. It will end before we want it to because of the realities of age.” Speaking of their advancing ages (the group are all in their forties), Howlett added, “There comes a point where you don’t want to be Uncle Alan at the wedding reception.”

Despite their own speculation, however, the band denied having a timeline for their conclusion. Flint described himself as being “more settled in the band and everything else than I’ve ever been”. He added: “The people decide when we fuck off, but it can’t go on forever.

“We’ll just figure it out. We haven’t set dates. I think this might be the first time we’ve talked about it.”

The Prodigy recently teamed up with Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson for their new album track ‘Ibiza’. Speaking of the song Howlett recently said, “I’m not really into collaborations, but it doesn’t sound like a collaboration somehow. I’d been checking out Sleaford Mods for ages, and I felt like we had an energy in common, that it could work. So I sent him the beat – I knew he’d like the beat – then we were off.”

The Prodigy are joint headliners of Isle Of Wight Festival on June 12 alongside The Black Keys. They also tour in May. Watch the band discuss their new album in a video interview with NME below.
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