Ministry is a band that speaks their mind about current events and how they see the world. Their new album is set to be released in March of 2018 but for now they are touring the US and waking up a whole new generation to their music. On their stop in Salt Lake City I sat down with Sin Quirin and John Bechdel of the band and we talked about all things Ministry and of course politics
Shockwave Magazine: This is Eric Peterson with Shockwave Magazine here with John Bechdel and Sin Quirin from the band Ministry. Thanks guys for taking the time to talk with me before your show here in Salt Lake City. You guys just signed with Nuclear Blast Records recently, that is a nice label to be on. How are things going and are you all still in the Honeymoon Phase?
Sin: No we are way past that. It’s like we’ve been married 10 years. In all seriousness, we are pretty excited about it. It is going to open up a lot of new things for us.
Ministry has a new album coming out in the Spring of next year called AmeriKKKant.
Sin: Early Mach it should be out.
Have you officially released a single off that album? I have heard the song Antifa but not sure if it was officially released.
Sin: Antifa has not been officially released but will be the first single from the album and will be released along with a video for the song by the end of the year. We are playing another song in our set called Wargasim and it has been going over very well with audiences.
I hear there are some guest appearances on the new album. Can you elaborate who will be on AmeriKKant?
I thought I read somewhere that Arabian Prince from NWA is on there.
Sin: Yeah, he does make a guest appearance on there too.
This tour started in mid October and how has the tour been going?
Sin: It has been great and the crowds have been big. Its been really great having Death Grips. They have been bringing in a lot of people too.
So how has that been because the music is different so how has the crossover been?
Mike: It has been good. I think that we have won over some of their fans and they have won over some of ours. We are not going to win over all of their fans and they are not going to win over all of ours but there has definitely been some crossover in the middle which is what we were hoping for.
After you’re done with this tour are you guys going back to Europe?
Sin: The plan is to do a full world tour next year. We have talked about Australia, South Africa, South America.
Mike: I think another North America tour is going to happen for sure.
I want to touch on politics because if there is one thing that Ministry prides itself on is being political and I think your music is more relevant now more than ever.
Mike: Yeah you are right. Al always said I didn’t have much to write about under Obama’s eight years in office. But now we have Trump there is plenty to write about. How can you be an American today and not have something to say. This whole thing about Trump is about White Nationalism. That’s the way he unified the party and won the election and it is pretty scary.
Its interesting cause I think back and as bad as it sounds I really wish Bush was our President again.
Mike: Yeah Al likes to call it the good old days of compassionate fascism. You know even though Bush was an idiot he was more intelligent than Trump.
I am pretty sure I know the answer, but does the new album address some current topics relating to politics?
Sin: Al thought about avoiding it but how can you avoid what is going on today?
Mike: For us it is just a healthy way to let out frustration. You take all that is going on in the world and you have to figure out how process it and let it out. For us this is the way to let it out. This is a very unique time in our country and this album has serious significance to what’s going on today.
Just to wrap things up by asking, when was the last time you guys were in Salt Lake City?
Sin: 2008, I think we were at the Great Salt Aire.
Well thank you guys for taking time to talk with me. It is not often that I get to talk politics and Rock n Roll with one of the bands that really have spearheaded the movement.
Sin: Thank you and enjoy your first Ministry show tonight.
Mike: Yes enjoy the show.