Interpol are gearing up for a joint tour with Morrissey in September
Earlier this week, in an interview with his nephew posted on his own website, the former Smiths singer re-affirmed his support for far-right anti-Islam political party For Britain, claimed that Nigel Farage “would make a good prime minister”, and said that “everyone ultimately prefers their own race”.
Interpol, who are due to play a joint North American tour with Morrissey in September, were asked about the comments in a recent interview with Hot Press.
“We thought it would be a good show for our band. That’s how I’m looking at it. I don’t get too much into the other stuff,” said frontman Paul Banks.
A more outspoken Billy Bragg, meanwhile, told The Big Issue: “I think he’s decided that he wants to betray everything he ever said in the Smiths, and he’s broken the hearts of a lot of people…
“The Smiths expressed a lot of people’s own sense of disconnect with society and helped them to find their own identity, and he’s totally trashed that. I’m heartbroken for them because I’m a big Smiths fan, too. And I’m heartbroken for Johnny Marr because he’s genuine, a lovely guy, and he doesn’t deserve to have his legacy dragged through the dirt…
Bragg continued: “I have no sympathy for [Morrissey], no respect for him, but I have a lot of sympathy and respect for his audience.”