Gojira: Everyone has a responsibility to change the world

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Gojira members Mario and Joe Duplantier say they’ll continue to speak out about environmental issues through their music.

The band are preparing to release their sixth album Magma on June 17, and say everyone has it in them to make a positive impact on the world.

Drummer Mario tells Metal Hammer: “We’re no eco warriors but we’re conscious human beings, and we think about life, and how we’d like to live – those thoughts have resonance.

“It’s not only about the ecology of nature, it’s also the ecology of human beings. We all have a responsibility to think and do things that enrich our word. It’s a chaotic world, with an economy based on fraud, and politics based on corruption, but as ugly as the world is, we can change it.”

Frontman Joe says they were wary of “putting out bad energy” when writing tracks for Magma – but still felt they had to highlight issues currently affecting the world.

He continues: “People bitch about the world but do you give up? ‘The world is polluted, so I’m going to pollute more. Everyone steals, so I’m going to steal more.’ We create the world, we create our environment.

“You hear people saying, ‘They want us to’ when talking about the government or the ruling classes. But ‘they’ is ‘us.’ If I think people complain too much, I should complain less. If I think people are too greedy, I should be less greedy. You are part of the people, so if you make a little more effort, you can effect change.

“70% of our planet is water, but because it’s not our natural element, that’s the environment we rape, pollute and destroy, without any restrictions. How can people not get annoyed about that? Why would anyone think that’s something easy to ignore?”

He adds: “We’re not actively confronting the people who do this, but as long as we have a voice, we’ll continue to speak up. It’s a decision to think positive. We will never give up, even if the world seems fucked.”

The full interview with Gojira is in the latest edition of Metal Hammer, out now in print, online and via TeamRock+.

Gojira will head out on the road across the US with Tesseract later this year, following their appearance at next month’s Download festival. They’ll also been confirmed for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods on June 13 in London.

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Gojira Magma tracklist

  1. The Shooting Star
  2. Silvera
  3. The Cell
  4. Stranded
  5. Yellow Stone
  6. Magma
  7. Pray
  8. Only Pain
  9. Low Lands
  10. Liberation

Gojira North American tour 2016

Sep 21: Silver Spring The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
Sep 22: Philadelphia Electric Factory, PA
Sep 24: Asheville The Orange Peel, NC
Sep 25: Atlanta The Tabernacle, GA
Sep 26: Orlando Plaza Live, FL
Sep 27: Tampa Ritz Ybor, FL
Sep 29: Austin Emo’s, TX
Sep 30: Houston House of Blues, TX
Oct 01: Dallas Gas Monkey Live, TX
Oct 03: Albuquerque Sunshine Theatre, NM
Oct 04: Phoenix Marquee Theatre, AZ
Oct 06: Los Angeles The Wiltern, CA
Oct 07: San Francisco The Warfield, CA
Oct 09: Vancouver Vogue Theatre, BC
Oct 10: Portland Roseland Theater, OR
Oct 11: Seattle Showbox SoDo, WA
Oct 13: Salt Lake City The Complex, UT
Oct 14: Denver Gothic Theatre, CO
Oct 16: Minneapolis Myth Live, MN
Oct 17: Milwaukee Turner Ballroom, WI
Oct 19: Detroit The Fillmore Detroit, MI
Oct 20: Toronto Sound Academy, ON
Oct 21: Montreal Metropolis, QC
Oct 22: Worcester The Palladium, MA
Oct 23: New York Terminal 5, NY