Rival Sons Singer Calls Political Situation In U.S. 'Embarrassing'
Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan says that he has "very serious trouble" with the current political situation in the U.S. Asked by Polish journalist Sandra Hajduk if he thinks musicians shouldn't comment on politics, Buchanan responded, "I don't see any need for a musician to be quiet or to be silent when they feel like they need to say something . . . we have a platform where we can talk to a lot of people, and sometimes, for me, being an American, I look at our politics and I have serious trouble with it. I have very serious trouble with the current situation. It's very embarrassing, and it's really difficult."
Buchanan continued, "Some people will say, 'Okay, don't be political because you'll lose fans,' or something like that, and that just sounds terrible. Well, why would you be quiet about something that's important to you just so you can make more money?" He added, "When you have someone in office that is declaring a national emergency to build a wall between the United States and Mexico while Michigan doesn't have drinking water . . . We have a lot bigger problems in the United States than what's being focused on right now."
Buchanan also said that he's "not an overtly political person," adding, "I don't think you have to be political to look at a situation and say that you think it's ridiculous . . . having a social obligation and a moral obligation, that's just called being a human being."
Rival Sons' latest album, Feral Roots, was released on January 25th. The band's sixth studio album yielded a Number One hit at rock radio with the single "Do Your Worst."