Playing our last 2 European shows for 2015 this weekend! Just finished rehearsals- this is what happens when there’s too much beer in the studio. Yeah, packing the van is gonna take longer than usual tonight…
On Friday we hit Berlin, Germany. Then it’s on to Poland on Saturday for a show in Poznan. Check out thesunpilots.com/tourdates for details.
Can’t wait to hit the road again. Writing sessions have been going awesomely, but the stage has been calling.
A special moment from our gig at the refugee shelter in Berlin. Such warm & courageous people.
Most were from Syria. Some were from Afghanistan & other war torn countries. All were fleeing the same evil responsible for the tragedies in Paris & Beirut last week. Terror & death was daily life for these people. Try & imagine that for a moment… Bombs in your street. Gas. Homes destroyed. Family and friends tortured & killed. EVERY. DAY.
It’s sad to see all the ignorant & Islamophobic comments on social media right now. A mosque was torched in the US. A Muslim couple was beaten in the UK… Yes, it’s a frightening world we live in. But letting our fear turn into blind hatred towards innocents makes us no better than the extremists.
“Terrorist” and “Muslim” are not the same word. They’re even spelled differently. The most powerful weapon against prejudice & bigotry is education. Most people aren’t aware that ISIS carried out a horrific suicide bombing attack in Beirut the day before Paris. And that Lebanon is a mostly Muslim country… They don’t know ISIS kills tens of thousands of people every month and that the vast, vast majority of their victims are Muslims. It’s the reason so many families are seeking refuge in the west. Wouldn’t you?
It’s our responsibility to educate each other. We can’t rely on mainstream media to provide all the information. Do some research and find out what’s really going on. Talk to some Muslims instead of generalising about people you’ve never got to know.
There are millions of Muslims who are outraged about ISIS just as much as us. Many even more so. They’ve been reaching out on social media every minute since the Paris attack. Yet they’re met with cynicism, suspicion & hate. Which is ironic, because these people are our single greatest ally in the fight against Islamic extremism. And we’re alienating them.
Come on guys. We’re better than this. Let’s stop generalising, start educating & work together to fight the real enemy- the extremists.
Thinking of everyone in Paris and Beirut affected by these cowardly attacks. Every day, somewhere in the world, hatred and violence spills the blood of innocents. It depresses me. And enrages me. I try & stay optimistic that our species will eventually figure out how to live in peace, but lately it feels like we’re taking five steps back for every one step forward.
Our hearts go out to the families of everyone who lost their lives.
Photo: Dom Perri, 2011, #Paris
Our first Polish gig since our performance at Woodstock Festival last year! We’re in town for just one night so RSVP, invite your friends & come rock out with us.
Sat Nov 21st – Klub u Bazyla (Poznan)
Doors open 8pm | Tickets: 20/25 zl
Facebook event: on.fb.me/1MKzuj0
Can’t wait to taste some real pierogi again…
Beautiful autumn day in Berlin! Sweet weather for busking in the park. Playing in sea of sunshine & golden leaves… Demoing for the new album has been on fire this week so we’re feeling pretty freaking awesome atm.