Muslims: “F *** you. We’re having the best time of our life”
You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger band right now than The Muslims. Damn, we’re going to put it on record: there isn’t a bigger band right now.
Since 2018, with their debut, the group has quickly but sharply undermined their sound and their message – Planning their invasion of Normandy, and on July 9 of this year their planes filled the skies following news of their signing in Heaven. of punk rock Epitaph. Recordings.
Move forward a few weeks, until Friday, September 24, and The Muslims released their debut album on the label, the aptly titled Fuck those fucking fascists. The record, both in name and in nature, is volatile, aggressive, threatening and downright tasty. Indeed, the quick turnaround between signing and release is quite comparable to the general ethics of The Muslims, which makes it very clear that they are not here to mess around.
BLUNT was told by singer / guitarist QADR.
One thing that interests me, when you started this, when you had your ideas and your intention, did you ever think that hating the Nazis would be your most controversial idea?
Honestly, no, my brother.
Truly. So when we started I think we thought we would probably get most of our reviews from other Muslims. Since we are homosexuals. Obviously, shitting about white supremacy and doing it in these really funny ways, we’re like, “It’s going to make some people uncomfortable, but that’s what art is supposed to do, it’s not. isn’t it? This quote is like “I try to comfort disturb him and disturb comfort”. If you’re too comfortable, we’ll shake up the shit. We will try to put you in the shoes a little.
But no, I didn’t think that saying fucking fascists would be the most controversial thing. But I knew there would be fascist sympathizers coming forward, which is definitely what we wanted to do. When you grow up looking like us, you just get used to a certain type of hate. I wish people didn’t have to grow taller and have thick skin. I wish tender people could stay tender.
What was really great though, was seeing so many people from all walks of life come out of the woodwork saying, “Fuck yeah.” Because it gave us the juice to say, “Okay, these other people, you have people. Certainly, there are going to be people who, objectively, don’t like us and that’s cool. It’s totally cool, but for everyone we say, “Fuck you. Eat ass. We are having the best time of our life.
On paper when you write, I imagine, of course, you’re going to say, “Yeah, let’s be fully ourselves. Let’s be one hundred percent ourselves. But in practice, the world doesn’t really reward that.
Not at all.
The world punishes that.
These are good questions. It is a balancing act.
But I think when I tried a lot more to make the code change, be more acceptable like, “How do you talk about politics without offending white people?” How to talk about racism without offending whites? How do you talk about immigration without… ”This shit was so exhausting. What I thought I was accomplishing I wasn’t really because the people who come into our music have already sort of figured it out. They sort of figured this out already and I don’t need to try and handle white people with soft gloves.
And if I’m really true to my policy, which is that we are all equal and we have to believe it and we have to fight for it and we have to treat people this way, then I should be able to talk to no anyone as I would talk to my loved ones about problems. I shouldn’t have to change that and say, “Oh yeah, different perspectives. No, I’m just going to say it as it is, because if I really think you’re a full human, I’m going to speak to you as a full human.
Another problem that comes up often is this kind of weird thing where the selves of the world sort of leave it up to the you of the world to teach us how to act. Was it in your head too? Because the feedback I get from it is that you are musicians, not teachers.
Exactly. Not for real. My thing is like, “Look. We’re a punk band, okay? We’re not gonna wipe your ass and change your diaper. We’re not gonna chew your food first and give it to you. “Then. You’re not a fucking baby. You’re a grown-up. We’re going to deal with you like grown-up people who have reasoning ability and common sense.”
In fact, we’re just going to talk to you like normal people. I’ll say the things I know that doesn’t just resonate with me. I’m going to say the things that I know generations and generations of people have meant, and I’m just going to do it in a way that’s really me. We are going to be clumsy. We are going to be ridiculous. We’re going to be crisp and loud, fast and tough.
… Then we’re going to drop a pizza and plant emoji and say, “Go drink some water, bitch. Free Palestine. “
We focused a lot on the catastrophic side of things, but at that point it must have been sick to see all the love you received.
It was crazy. You know why I wanted to do this band because I grew up on Blink-182. I grew up in Linkin Park. And I jam, I loved it, it really got me into alternative music, rock and punk. And also, I really wanted to find someone who had my identity, but I always felt that my identity was so at the intersection and it was just too convoluted. It was too difficult or whatever, but I know a lot of people like me. I know a lot of people who have my experience. Why is it so hard to see? Not like, digging in the pits of a specific record store and maybe stumbling upon a gem of a ringing band, but how come I can’t walk into a target and grab a CD or something? something from a band that looks like me, “Fuck yes. It resonates.
I wanted to bring The Muslims together to be the band that I never had and I wanted to be that for others. Whether they share my identity or not, if there was something resonating, I wanted them to be able to have it.
To see everyone’s reaction, especially other people on the stage with us, like white, black, Latinx, gay, transgender, whatever. To see so many people stand so together and so assertive and say, “Fuck yeah. You deserve it. We support you ”, and we feel so deep in our soul that we say to ourselves:“ My brother, you deserve it. And we support you. It feels really good.
Now is the perfect time to be a problematic punk band.