There is a war that Earth Crisis is fighting. It's not a war recognized by the nations, but a war nonetheless. It's a war against the decay of morality that we constantly overlook these days in this fast paced society. Veganism, anti-abortion, anti-drugs, racism, the environment--these are all issues that Earth Crisis stands up for and believes in.
Since their inception in 1993, Earth Crisis has been creating mayhem everywhere they have been. From their roots in Syracuse, New York, all the way to Japan, people have been going crazy for Earth Crisis's blend of metallic hardcore. Besides playing live, Earth Crisis has continued to fuel their fire by putting out four unbelievable releases: All Out War, Firestorm, Destroy The Machines and the latest Gomorrah's Season Ends, are all available from Victory Records. All these releases have been well accepted in the hardcore community and beyond.
Earth Crisis is delving into topics and issues that few bands have ever given recognition to, let alone discussed. When one thinks of the great rock 'n. roll clichés, one need not look further than MTV or the latest issue of Rolling Stone to see the glorification's of drugs and alcohol abuse. Earth Crisis is setting a precedence for a new generation of fans to follow. One generation that will break the chains.
Heckler: What has Earth Crisis been up to lately?
Karl Buechner: In the fall we went to Japan, and late fall and early winter we did a U.S. tour. Then we went to Europe with Madball. After that we did an East Coast tour with Vision of Disorder. Right now we are out for two months with Downset and Crown Of Thornz.
H: Where do you see the straightedge scene going in the next few years?
K: I think finally the revolutionary potential is being noticed by the people involved in it. I think all the kids in America and Europe, and places like Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia are very much involved with the struggle for animal liberation, environmentalism; and they are now very politically active. Straightedge is becoming more and more effective.
H: When did you first become involved in the straight edge scene?
K: I got into hardcore when I was fifteen years old, and the first bands I heard were Minor Threat, 7 Seconds. The thing that really sparked things for me was when I first saw the Cro-Mags video for, We Gotta Know. The bands from back then that I am still into now are bands like Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, and Cro-Mags.
H: How do you think all the press that Earth Crisis has got, has helped the movement?
K: What that accomplished was, it showed mass numbers of people at once, what straight edge, animal liberation, hardcore--what those things are. We got calls from as far away as Bulgaria and Guam, where people for the first time got their eyes opened up to what animal liberation is. It's definitely worth reaching out to the mainstream media when nothing is compromised. They did a really great job of showing people what we live and believe in. Jenny & Jesse from MTV, and the film crew from CNN hung out with us and got to know what we are all about. They respected our message, whereas a lot of the punk and hardcore media, when they first became aware of us, they saw us as a threat to their decadence. In a way, a lot of our lyrics hold up a mirror to people's weaknesses. It's not to belittle in anyway, it's to hopefully motivate and educate people to become involved and make a difference.
H: Do you think companies are finally starting to wake up and see there are better alternatives to animal products?
K: Totally. When I first got into it, I never expected to see the day when places in malls were selling T-shirts that said, "Against animal testing." Nowadays, a lot of companies are not testing on animals anymore; that's definitely a huge step forward.
H: What do you think of the new genetic engineering process of cloning?
K: To me that's the beginning of the end. Next thing they will be cloning soldiers. It's sound really science fiction, it sounds really diabolical. I think technology advances, but people pay less and less attention to morals.
H: What are some of the many social issues and problems that plague the world today?
K: Oppression is oppression across the board. What we try to spread through our lyrics is racial unity, equality between the sexes, animal liberation, environmentalism. It's basically one struggle--the struggle to save the lives of innocent beings, make things more peaceful and just in the world. It all traces back to the source. Where does it all come from? It comes from the idea that a lot of people hold that oppression is permissible if they think there is something to be gained from it.
H: Do you think things will change?
K: I think I have seen a lot of things change in 7 or 8 years. I think things can change a lot more with time and effort.
H: Where do you see Earth Crisis going in the next few years?
K: We plan on continuing what we are doing now. Reaching more and more people. We have been to Japan, we have been to Europe four times, we have toured the U.S. about 9 times. We hope to go to Australia, New Zealand, and South America next year. We have gotten a lot mail from those places and we know the kids are into us. Our future is more recordings and bigger tours. Earth Crisis is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 30 days a month job. The band is our life.
Earth Crisis recommended reading material:
Free The Animals by Ingrid Newkirk
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
A Diet For A New America by John Robbins