April 6, 2013 10:56

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie: 'There's no sense of revolt or resistance in art at the moment'

Singer says fellow artists are 'kind of asleep' or 'just don't care'...

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Primal Scream

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie has criticised the current generation of musicians by claiming that "there's no sense of revolt or resistance in art at the moment".

After releasing the politically-charged single '2013' earlier this year, the frontman told Topman magazine that he was disappointed that other artists weren't attacking the establishment in a similar fashion and also warned that the UK was becoming "more right-wing".

"We're living in very extreme times, but that doesn't seem to be reflected in the music that I hear or the art that I see," he said. "It seems that people are kind of asleep or they're anaesthetised or they just don't care. It just seems that there's no sense of revolt or resistance in art at the moment, whether it be music or the visual arts."

He went on to add: "Our country is heading towards being more right-wing and countries all around the world are getting more and more right-wing. There's less rationality, less liberalism, less love around. There was always a lot of love around, but it seems we're heading towards unenlightened times and nobody's talking about it or writing about it or even noticing it."

Last month, Gillespie launched a verbal attack against the Conservative government when he described Mayor of London Boris Johnson as a "sinister right-wing cunt". He also criticised today's crop of bands for not being more angry towards the government, adding: "We're living in extreme times and if you listened to modern rock music you wouldn't know that. I just think it's odd there's no protest, resistance or critique of what's going down. It's like people are tranquilised. All the rights people had fought for – people like trade unionists, anarchists, artists – are being clawed back by extremists."

Earlier this week, meanwhile, Primal Scream unveiled the video for their new single 'It's Alright, It's OK', which you can watch by clicking at the bottom of the page. The track will feature on the band's forthcoming new album 'More Light', which is set for release on May 13.

Read More On This Artist

Primal Scream Merchandise
More News
Karen O: 'The girl group sound shaped my melodic sensibility'
ZZ Top cancel tour due to bass player's tourbus accident
Zola Jesus takes to the forest in 'Dangerous Days' video - watch
Skrillex, Diplo and Kiesza share live version of 'Take U There' - listen
Suede to release 20th anniversary 'Dog Man Star' boxset
Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to possessing illegal assault weapon
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney records theme tune to animated horse comedy starring Aaron Paul
The Weeknd reveals slow-mo video for 'King Of The Fall' – watch
Circa Waves announce new single 'So Long' – listen
Woman killed in bus crash at Burning Man festival
Aphex Twin announces international listening parties for new album 'Syro'
Miley Cyrus' homeless VMA guest hands himself in to police
Flying Lotus contemplating Kasabian's offer for collaboration: 'I've never heard...
Bristol Fleece management deny claims they're encouraging a boycott of Fat White Family
James Murphy to turn data from US Open tennis tournament into 400 hours of new music
David Lynch reveals he turned down directing video for Kanye West due to lack of ideas
Robert Plant criticises Spotify sound quality
Beyoncé's dad says Jay Z and Solange fight was staged to boost sales
New trailer released for 'Led Zeppelin IV' features rare version of 'Black Dog'
Jake Bugg says next album could take five months – or five years
American album sales hit lowest weekly total since records began
John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman: 'I am sorry for being such an idiot'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today