THERE'S MORE WORK TO DO FOR AN­I­MAL RIGHTS “I

Ad­dress­ing an­i­mal test­ing, con­ser­va­tion and paci­fism with their new al­bum EX­IST, OHHMS’S PAUL WALLER is rais­ing aware­ness in the heavy scene. But there’s plenty more still to be done else­where…

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don’t look down on peo­ple who feel dif­fer­ently to me about an­i­mals, but I do want to share my opin­ions and make ev­ery­one aware of the is­sues. When I’ve been look­ing for bands that sup­port my out­look on life, I’ve had to go way back to crusty punk stuff like Crass. You’ll get a lot of bands speak­ing out about an­i­mal rights in in­ter­views, but you don’t hear many songs that ac­tu­ally ad­dress the is­sue; you cer­tainly don’t find many con­cept al­bums about an­i­mal test­ing, which is what our new al­bum, Ex­ist, is. I felt like there wasn’t that voice out there for me, so I got the rest of the band on board and did it my­self.

“Meet­ing my dog for the first time was what sparked me to take no­tice of an­i­mal rights. From that mo­ment on I was a veg­e­tar­ian, and a year later I be­came a ve­gan. How­ever, I ac­tu­ally think a lot of ve­g­ans are dicks. I used to be re­ally heav­ily in­volved in the hard­core scene, and I hated the mil­i­tant, straight-edge at­ti­tude that ex­isted there. I don’t even like the word ‘ve­gan’, to be hon­est – I hate be­ing re­ferred to in that way. My ap­proach isn’t that of h p be­ing hard-line, be­cause I feel that peo­ple need to fol­low their own path in life. So, when some­one asks me if I’m a ve­gan, I say, ‘No, I’m just liv­ing my life the way I want to.’ “When I walk through a su­per­mar­ket, I can’t phys­i­cally walk through the meat aisle – it’s J re­ally hor­ri­ble to me. I’ve been won­der­ing if, in 15 years or so, buy­ing meat will be viewed like pur­chas­ing cig­a­rettes is now; I could ac­tu­ally see the meat sec­tion of su­per­mar­kets be­com­ing a mu­seum piece in fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Things are mov­ing in a pos­i­tive way, for sure.

“The char­ity Ohhms re­ally gets be­hind is An­i­mal Aid [an­i­malaid.org.uk] – they deal with all as­pects of an­i­mal rights. If you’re just dip­ping your toe in, they’ll have a pam­phlet for you, and they’ll show you both sides of the ar­gu­ment. They’re an or­gan­i­sa­tion I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about, and I’m so glad they’ve backed Ohhms and sup­ported what we’re do­ing. Sea Shep­herd [seashep­herd.org] is an­other char­ity do­ing great things – any­one can get be­hind their aims, whether you’re a meat-eater or not. Sea Shep­herd have got it down, and Ohhms are com­pletely be­hind them.” K!

“I WANT TO MAKE EV­ERY­ONE AWARE OF THESE IS­SUES…” PAUL WALLER

OHHMS ’ NEW AL­BUM Ex­ist IS OUT NOW VIA HOLY ROAR RECORDS

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