So... here's the last bit of ruminations stirred loose by the Brunch / Roundtable / "new energy" discussion... ...transcribed from Fur bassist Michael O'Connor...speaking on the camaraderie between bands...as opposed to "years-back..." ~
"I sense," said O'Connor, going deeper than any simplified 'White Stripes effect,'... "that in a world of increasing economic and political turmoil, where the Haves and the Have Nots are being ever more separated and defined, there brings an unspoken and perhaps unconscious unifying effect. Just as Unions are now telling of empowerment like they haven't seen in tweny years due to the recent overt assult on them....the artistic community grows together due to a reaction to the corrput and less-shrouded malintent of our supposed leaders in policy and currency."
O'Connor said that the prevalent sensibility is: "...these are our brethren; it doesn't so much matter what sounds someone is trying to make or express so much as that they are doing it. Creating rather than manipulating, listening and supporting rather than talking-at or controlling... There is a relation, familial-like, in spirit and togetherness," said O'Connor, that exists between Detroit's bands.
"So...as not to over-romanticize, -as we know there is and will always be the standard hate/envy/and shit-talk, etc, -but the margins may have moved a bit as an equal opposite reaction takes place and a grander appreciation leads many to see themselves as being in the same foxhole as opposed to being on different sides of essentially the same battle."
"...everything feeds on itself, widens and produces great work..."