War Zone Interview: Hammercult – Where does an Israeli band tour?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM (PST)


“Where do an Israeli band tour? Lebanon? Syria?
I don’t think they would welcome a metal-band… without decapitating them for being anti-religion.” – Yakir.

There will be more pro peace movement in the world. I believe it is possible if we focus on that energy.

Many people across the world have fought over religion or land disputes or what is taboo. Some days it is real disagreement and other times it is a thin veil to stir up outrage when beneath the surface are business concerns to go into a country and get natural resources, when we ought to be instead focusing on energy efficiency.

If the GOP are right (get it, “right”?) and their version of God didn’t create Climate change, we have nothing to worry about. If, as it seems, God did create free will and allow us to sin and pollute and have consequences that may damn us, destroying the planet just might be a side-effect of the sin of pride, you dumb asses. Perhaps we should use God given critical thinking and investigate climate change as…just a potentiality. Since we live here and all? But maybe we’re screwed anyway…Cuz if on the offhand it is a vengeful Old Testament God, we might be fucked either way.

Even if governor Chris Christie was well intentioned on Sandy clean up – hard to know for sure, now that his manipulation of everyday people via the bridge scandal – his denial of Climate change means he is not serious enough on the issue. we love to say Guliani was great after 9/11 and do these weepy sixty minute specials…that’s your job! And then you say you never politicize patriotism? But we never get to the root of real terrorism issues. Same with climate. Y’know what? there wont be room for all the Sandy-type post hurricane weepy humanitarian testimonials because storms will be too frequent. Watch Years of Living Dangerously!!! In thirty years most of the US could be as hot as fucking Arizona.

Anyway, I want to say that we all need to get along. We are out of wiggle room. There is no more room for territorial war, whatever side you fall on. We also often take too much for granted as humans in the modern age.

Today I was talking to Israeli thrash band Hammercult‘s Yakir Shochat via Facebook IM. He had the dignity to apologize for not having some guest answers to a piece done for me yet, because his band has been in an area currently under heavy fire. These people have a minute warning between when an explosion could happen, and just 15 seconds in the South. And this man has the grace, a dude in a thrash metal band, to apologize for not being able to email me sooner. Think about that the next time you complain your band doesn’t have enough places to play in town. Or other concerns that a band with gusto and team work could overcome. We are getting spoiled as a quick fix culture. Thankfully many people are waking up.

Our conversation was cut short because he had to run and take cover from incoming danger several times and check on the safety of his friend.

Here are some outtakes from my chat with Yakir today. He wanted me to be certain to tell readers that he doesn’t think he is better than bands from elsewhere because of his troubles, but rather that he is simply listing logistical issues.

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Here are select quotes from the chat.
A talk from the warzone…well,Hammercult have toured over 20 countries for over 150 shows.

Where do an Israeli band tour? Lebanon? Syria?
I don’t think they would welcome a metal-band… without decapitating them for being anti-religion.

Now – let’s talk about logistics – gear logistics

When you are american or european band – you simply GET IN THE VAN, and get you cabs and amps in – don’t you?

But when you live in ashithole in the middle east – which airflight would agree to ship your cabs and amps? without BUTCHERING YOU WALLET ADN YOUR
GEAR?! No one.

Flights are not comfortable.
Flights takes a shit load of time – especially connection flights

By the way, regarding my ‘dream’ – I first wanted to be a pro wrestler since I was 6 years old… but that was scrapped when I was 18 and only 5’6 (5’7 on a good day!).

Man – there is no brotherhood like metal I tell you.

He also went on to say Evergreen Terrace were his niggaz and telling a cool story about hanging out with them in Belgium once.

Please send some love to Hammercult.


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  1. morgan
    morganyevans7/25/2014 11:39 PM | Permalink

    not if i wrote it, no.

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