Slayer’s Kerry King Wrote a Song in Response to ‘Trump’s Nonsense’
King was asked about how he uses his band for political reasons during the course of a conversation about the group's posting of a Trump photo earlier in the year. He made it clear he didn't stand with the President.
"I think Trump is a more individual ideology, for sure," King says. "The band, you know, whenever I try and address political songs, which we do, I can’t say we don’t, but I will base it on the U.S. Government because that’s the government I know, but I try to make it vague enough so that anyone in any country can relate to it. I hate my chancellor, or, I hate my prime minister, I hate my government, I try to make it so that anyone can get something out of it, because if it was pinpointed at America, only Americans would love that song – or hate that song depending on what I say in it. I have one on the next record that is basically about Trump’s nonsense, but it’s really going to be about the Republicans just f--king things up."
He was then asked whether he finds the group's lyrics as an emotional expression or call to action. "It could be both," says King. "I mean a call to action would be something like 'Take Control' off of the last record. And that’s one of those unifying statements where I say, 'We will take control.' That’s not just us, that’s everyone. I expect for the people that are in the crowds to sing the lyrics at us for that to be a big line."
To refresh your memory, Slayer frontman Tom Araya shared a photo on Instagram of the group photoshopped in with President Trump. Fan reaction was negative to the pic, which later lead to Araya taking the photo down. In an interview this past April, Araya said the reaction to the picture was from a "nation of crybabies."
“That’s what America has become," he said. "It’s become a bunch of people that… because they didn’t get their way, they’re mad. I shared a picture that I thought was funny. They can’t even joke. They can’t even laugh at themselves. They can’t even have fun. And that just is amazing that it’s come to that. We’re a nation of crybabies.”
It's important to note that Araya didn't support Trump either, later saying in that interview, "I didn’t vote for Trump and I didn’t vote for Hillary [Clinton]. Those are two people that are the furthest from… that I would ever vote for," so it won't be a stretch to hear Araya singing against Trump.
Read the full interview at Snowboardmag.
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