Abraham Lincoln once said, “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” It’s a heady notion, and one that’s gained renewed popularity in America in recent years – both in shadowy, Second Amendment loving quarters and amongst the fiercely non-violent folks involved with the Occupy Movement. Something has to change, that much we know – even if some of us are afraid to say it aloud or wonder if it might mean changes we don’t like personally – and one could do far worse for a soundtrack for rowdy revolution than Lincoln Has Won, the rousing debut from Brooklyn-based The Habit. While popular music can sometimes be a bit of a lunk head enterprise, The Habit massage some deeper thoughts into what is still very much a rock ‘n’ roll thing, so instead of just partying in the US of A, this band stirs up “the better angels of our nature” amidst their foot stomping.
So, figuring they’d have some fun with DI’s little philosophical sojourn, we invited The Habit’s Will Croxton, Siobhan Glennon and Brian Mendes to tiptoe through our questions. Their answers are below and you can catch them at their first gig of 2012 this coming Saturday, February 11th, at Brooklyn Rod & Gun.
- What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you see the word “God”?
- Will: Clapton isn’t …
Siobhan: Ouch. How about Duane Allman then?
Brian: Jerry Garcia
- Which has the better cosmology, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
- Will: I don’t understand cosmology, BUT, in Star Wars…they had a bar.
Siobhan: Star Trek: The Next Generation also had a bar. I know because my Dad is a big Patrick Stewart fan.
Brian: Dark Star (Garcia)
- Name one album that has spiritual resonance for you.
- Will: Big Star’s 3rd
Siobhan: I have to name two. Blue by Joni Mitchell and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.
Brian: Terrapin Station (Grateful Dead)…and anything by Tom T Hall.
- Woody Allen once said, “I don’t know the question but sex is definitely the answer.” So, what’s the question?
- Will: What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?
Siobhan: If I said, “What do you do with a drunk sailor early in the morning?” would you think less of me? (We sang it in elementary school, after all.)
Brian: Ship of Fools (Garcia)
- You can have a dinner party with any three people throughout human history. Who do you invite, what’s on the menu and what intoxicant do you share for dessert?
- Will: Guest list = Adam, Eve, Snake. Menu = Apples. Dessert = Knives.
Brian: Guest list = Jerry Garcia and Will Croxton. Menu = Silence.
Siobhan: I’m gonna let the boys duke this one out.