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'...

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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.

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