Do you find it at all ironic that our two main presidential candidates are named Bush and Gore?
Well, you're not the only one, as industrial minded rockers Rorschach Test, Snake River Conspiracy, Bile, N17, and Videodrone are teaming up for the "Bush And Gore 2000" tour. Traveling under the motto "Sex and violence have never been better together," the trek will get rolling on August 5 in Tempe, Arizona and keep rolling through late September.
"It's poking fun at the concept that sex and violence in movies and music are the cause of our youth's demise, when in fact the real issue is a corrupt political system that we're involved with in this country," Rorschach Test frontman James Baker explained to MTV News. "We're afraid of the police that are supposed to protect us. We're afraid of our priests and pastors, because they might molest us. We don't have anything to believe in. That's
what I feel is causing the demise of our youth. Sex and violence in the media, I think, is more of a reflection." [RealAudio]
The tour will be the first extended U.S. trek for Rorschach Test in support of its recently released "Peace Minus One." The album, produced by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Queensryche, Dokken), has been a favorite at metal radio this summer and marks the group's first release since 1998's "Unclean."
"This whole last couple of years, with everything that's been going on in the high-school shootings and bombings and interstate terrorism that's rising, has had a huge influence on the writing of this record," Baker said of what awaits on "Peace Minus One."
"Like we say, it's a soundtrack for the new chemically imbalanced generation."
Baker and the rest of Rorschach Test have grabbed some interesting bedfellows for "Bush And Gore 2000." Snake River Conspiracy turned heads recently with the single "Vulcan" from its debut "Sonic
Jihad," while Videodrone is best known as the first signing to Korn's Elementree Records. Meanwhile, Bile turned up in Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider's horror flick "Strangeland", and loaned music to the shock video "Traces Of Death 5," while N17 has been plying its trade for years and is touring behind its sophomore effort, "Defy Everything."
The "Bush And Gore 2000" camp also promises to get fans in on the act in nightly "Pageant Of The Perverse And Bizarre" contests. Tour organizers are urging anyone considered a "walking freak show" or who "can do something visually stunning" to step up for the chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas to see the final show of the tour. (The details of that show have yet to be hammered out.)
Here's where you can catch the oddness:
- 8/5 - Tempe, AZ @ Boston's
- 8/6 - El Paso, TX @ Wasted Generation
- 8/8 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
- 8/9 - Austin, TX @ Stub's Bar-B-Q
- 8/10 - Killeen, TX @ New Rock
- 8/11 - New Orleans,
LA @ Shim Sham Club
- 8/12 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
- 8/13 - Birmingham, AL @ Five Points Music Hall
- 8/14 - Spartenburg, SC @ GroundZero
- 8/18 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
- 8/19 - Baltimore, MD @ Fletcher's
- 8/23 - New York, NY @ The Limelight
- 8/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Larga
- 8/26 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
- 8/29 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
- 9/2 - Chicago, IL @ The Double Door
- 9/22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Bash On Ash