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File Transfer Protocol - Q&A (2012)
2012-01-13 | Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz | via Formspring | RSS | "Regime" - free song download

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Q: [NINa] A Gas mask was initially a symbol of chemical war and a fear of contamination. Such a mask has become a solid part of industrial fashion these days. Does wearing a gas mask make you feel more comfortable because of leaving your own human identity behind?

A: [Sean Rieger] There's actually an interesting story behind that one. I never actually intended for that to be "my look", if you will. Don't get me wrong, it's a striking image, and the fans really connected with it, but it was originally intended as a one time thing. I'll explain:

To me, music is visual. When I am writing, it creates images in my head. Because of that, I release an image with every song I do. It's just another way for me to share what's going on inside my head and usually, it gives the listener some context about the song.

When the BP oil spill happened here in the Gulf of Mexico, it effected so many living things. The greed of the oil company, and the destruction that they unleashed infuriated me. It really hit me hard. I wanted to punch back, so I wrote 'Man on Fire' which takes direct aim at BP, and Haliburton (the companies responsible) The image was of me, in a business suit, wearing a gas mask, standing on an oil soaked beach.

Let's face it, Gas Masks are intimidating. That's what I wanted. A big middle finger at the oil companies that would say "I'm no longer a victim, and you better watch your back". To me, it seems that worlds most evil men... the worlds most horrendous criminals, tend to wear business suits. People who destroy so much. People who prey on so many... they tend to walk among us as "business men". It just fit, with the image. What better way to strike fear in the hearts of those people, then to mimic their look? If you fear the riot police, become them... wear the same gear they do. If you fear the power brokers, walk among them. Learn their game. Take them down, from the inside. They won't see you coming.

So, long story short, there is a lot of meaning behind the gas mask, to me. MY fans identified it, and it kind of took on a life of it's own. So... I went with it.

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