The Love Kills Theory

Interviews | Jun 24th, 2007

The Love Kills Theory is a post-punk manifesto of art and philosophy and anti-consumerism societal yadda yadda. We sat down with band leader Cevin Soling, who I think went to college or something. -Adam Coozer

Some asshole reviewer called your band a “second-rate Butthole Surfers.” Okay, it was me. How do you respond?
The Love Kills Theory is not an ego driven endeavor, so attacks of that nature don’t really matter. If an individual is unable to take away anything from the project that affects them in a meaningful way, ultimately, I feel sorry for them. If their response is vitriolic, then I feel even more pity. It would be akin to a person lacking a well defined sensory apparatus such as sight, not recognizing that to be the case, and attacking those who can see clearly.

Ouch. Well, I like that you guys are doing interesting things. You know who else does interesting things? Rush! Why is Rush so awesome?
Rush is from Canada. You can draw whatever conclusions you want.

You guys are smart and artsy and care about the issues and stuff. Does that help or hurt your rockitude? Before answering, keep in mind that AC/DC is a 10 on the rockometer, and they’re not philosophical or socially conscious. Although I have heard they’ve held balls for charity. Very big balls.
A philosophy doesn’t have to be explicated as a formal manifesto. AC/DC did in fact have a philosophy and that involved rebelling against the status quo. I think at some point they began to repeat themselves after they were embraced, but it’s difficult to persistently fight against that cycle of detournement and recuperation. The Beatles did that successfully, although that is largely forgotten since they have been thoroughly recouped today. (Examples included: posing with decapitated baby dolls with cigarette burns and strewn meat, going to India to study spiritual enlightenment, Carnival of Light, Revolution #9, Lennon posing naked, McCartney announcing he dropped acid, etc., etc.) Without delving into the semantics of rockitude, I would presume that any endeavor that is earnest, innovative, and has a vision possesses some degree rockitude. To utilize the rock form to express intellectual sentiments in a society that detests intellectuals, I think, would qualify as a high degree of rockitude.

So I guess you’re saying that you rock out. Besides rockin’ out, I hear you’re also making a film about the decline of American education. Is our children learning?
Children have more information at their disposal than ever before and are probably more sophisticated than at any point in the past since the advent of the industrial revolution. However, thanks to the decline of media, they also lack the ability to properly weigh the relevance of the information they have. Entertaining diversions are believed to have significance. The role of school is to reinforce apathetic resignation in the face of autocratic power. That lesson is certainly learned.

If society was perfect, would there be a need for punk rock?
What else could people in a perfect society listen to?

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