Melissa Varuker, vocalist of the anarcho-political band THIS IS THE ENEMY, sat down to talk about what it is that they care about and what they despise about this world we live in. You can pick up a copy of their new 7″, Desensitized To Death, by CLICKING HERE.
Here we are decades later, bitching about the same thing. Us who crave change in the world aren’t going to disappear, we will never be outlived. There is power within words that allows others to listen, proceeded to ask themselves, “What the fuck?”, and try their best to make a difference in some way. I hope those who read the lyrics will reflect them into their everyday lifestyle or be relieved another understands the way of life they already live. Music has changed my way of life and thinking throughout the years and I hope that others will truly analyze our songs.
Our songs are about animal rights and human rights. They go hand in hand and one cannot be ignored. There are many people who care about other human beings as they hack away at a piece of steak and are passionately drooling over bloody bites of another’s insides. And I’ve witnessed those who are vegan due to animal cruelty, yet have absolutely no consideration for other human being. Respect every species, even your own.
We are an all vegan band so that idea is strongly vocalized through our music. I didn’t know many vegan people when Usman asked me to join the band in September 2012 and it was inspiring to find a small vegan army in the middle of Indianapolis. To be able to share this aspect of life with them, playing shows, touring, making/eating vegan food was something that made us grow together and as individuals over the past year.
I wrote the lyrics to Tusks, Malaise, Daterape, Mindfuct, Carnivore Progression, and half of Defaced. Usman had started writing the lyrics to Defaced and I finished them. He also wrote Diamonds. My personal favorite of our songs is Tusks. Recently the demand for ivory has gone up and already endangered elephants are being poached for this material that only has the function of being a statue on a desk. It’s nothing more but a pretty sight to their eye, which leaves a disgusting view in mine. They will go extinct within a couple decades at the rates they’re now being poached.
Thank you for listening to our music.
– Melisaa Varuker / THIS IS THE ENEMY