“Ignorance creates fear”: Nathaniel Rateliff speaks out for ‘March For Our Lives’ gun protestors

"Fear creates hatred"

Nathaniel Rateliff has voiced his support for the ‘March For Our Lives’ movement and the young survivors of the Parkland shooting – warning that “ignorance creates fear, and fear creates hatred”.

Last month saw hundreds of thousands of people in the US and beyond take part in the ‘March For Our Lives’ – calling for stricter gun control in America in the wake of the Parkland massacre, where 17 teens were gunned down and killed at school. Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes then caused controversy in a written attack against the survivors and protestors, before later removing his offending messages and apologising. Ted Nugent however, was less than apologetic – slamming them as “pathetic and soulless”.

Now as an act of solidarity with the young protestors, Rateliff took to the stage at the last of his three-night residency at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire this weekend with The Night Sweats to deliver a powerful speech calling for change, empathy and a greater sense of community.

“I’ve never been one to be very political or try to have a platform but it is our responsibility at this point, and so we want to dedicate this song who have been marching on Washington to try to make change on gun laws in the United States,” Rateliff told the audience.

“With all the violence we see everyday around the word It seems like it would be a very simple thing, but unfortunately democracy has just turned into tyranny and industry and it always has been that way, we have just been duped from the get go, so lets not continue to be fools and when we see change and we see the youth of the word wanting to make change happen us as their our elders need to respond in the correct way and listen.

“So I sing this song for all my cousins in Missouri with crazy fucking automatic weapons and have been duped by the whole system themselves, I love them so much but: ignorance creates fear, fear creates hatred. There is no more room for that anymore.”

He added: “So, it is our responsibly to try to learn and to try to create community amongst each other and understand each other better as individuals and as people and other cultures and other individuals as well, and continue to make a global community that we can build upon and to continue to have something for our children and our children’s children.”

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ latest album ‘Tearing At The Seams’ is out now.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats setlist was:

Shoe Boot
Be There
Look It Here
I Did It
Howling at Nothing
A Little Honey
Coolin’ Out
Out on the Weekend
You Worry Me
Wasting Time
Early Spring Till (with Julie Davis)
Babe I Know
I Need Never Get Old
Baby I Lost My Way, (But I’m Going Home)
Say It Louder
Hey Mama
Trying So Hard Not to Know
Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Tearing at the Seams

Tour dates and tickets

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats remaining UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

Thursday 19 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Friday 20 – BELFAST Ulster Hall
Saturday 21 – EDINBURGH Usher Hall