“I had to learn about it,” he says. “Things started to build over the past few months. You’d go to the front page of Google and there would be something about Mugabe and something about civilians protesting and then getting beaten up, the inflation, the problems with disease. So then I really knew that it was something important. But it took me a little time to really grasp what was going on and feel that we should get behind it as a group. I have to look at the facts, see what’s going on, hear what my bandmates have to say, before making a decision. It’s a balancing act. I think we have a core belief in the goodness of people and we want to help people. The other details have to be ironed out. Because Chad has these political things that he loves singing about and writing about. And that doesn’t interest me. But in this process you can learn. I can ask myself, ‘Why is Chad interested in this politically?’ And, I can ask myself, “What does religion and God and Jesus mean to Brad?’ There were a lot of times I felt like I didn’t really want to have anything to do with that stuff. But it’s now three years later, and we haven’t been a band, and I’ve been able more to look at it and say, ‘I respect what both of these guys are doing.’ ”
Corrigan steps in as peacemaker: “I think the three of us agree, in our solo work and with Dispatch, that we’re trying to leave a greater impression than just what we do on stage. There’s more to our art than just coming to a rock show.”
“Actually, I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that at all,” Heimbold says. “I do this because I love playing music with these two guys, just to please the people in the crowd and have a gig.”
“No fucking way,” Urmston says with a laugh.
“There it is,” Corrigan smiles. “There’s some tension for you.”
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