Singapore grindcore outfit WORMROT have expressed "disbelief and concern" over Donald Trump's election and the problems which might face them entering the United States for their upcoming 2017 tour dates. WORMROT hail from Singapore (a country with a large Muslim population) and play a blistering brand of grindcore - a genre notorious for being highly politicised - with latest album 'Voices' featuring tracks such as "The 1st World Syndrome", "Fake Moral Machine" and "Compassion Is Dead". Donald Trump infamously called for "a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" during his election campaign.
WORMROT guitarist Rasyid said:
"I'm still in disbelief that this actually happened. How did they get the pre-election estimates so wrong? Didn't he sabotage himself out of the race numerous times? Throughout the whole campaign you hear nothing but how he fucked himself over with the shameless things he's said, accompanied by violent repercussions and reactions from his own supporters, and yet here we are looking at an almost 50/50 hairline (hah) win.
"We're a little concerned how it's gonna affect our well-being, but a little part of me wants to experience America as it is right now. Who knows, we might be deported back upon arrival (some people back home would be happy to see that) but we shouldn't cower at the first sign of danger. Things have gotten more interesting to say the least. It's like an episode of Black Mirror, proving that reality can be scarier than fiction.
"We wish all Americans to stay safe and keep a lookout for each other, especially your friends of colour and LGBTQ. Never discount their experiences, never say they're overreacting. You can't see or imagine mental scars and how it'll negatively affect individuals in the long run. The least you can do for each other now is to listen.
"I've learned from living in Singapore that you don't have to love your country to protect the ones you love. Whatever's happening in your country, whoever is elected to run/ruin the nation, your devotion is to your friends and family."
WORMROT are due to tour the USA in May/June, including an appearance at Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore.
May 26 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Jun. 02 - Mesa, AZ - 1FEST
Jun. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - 1FEST
Jun. 04 - Oakland, CA - 1FEST
Prior to that, WORMROT will be playing the following gigs across Europe:
Feb. 22 - Antwerp, Belgium - Het Bos
Feb. 23 - London, UK - The Underworld
Feb. 24 - Manchester, UK - Rebellion
Feb. 25 - Leeds, UK - Temple of Boom
Feb. 27 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
Feb. 28 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia
Mar. 01 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
Mar. 03 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Netherlands Death Fest
View the tour flyer at http://bit.ly/2crPYEy
The new album 'Voices' features 20 brand new songs and is available now on limited edition signed CD and vinyl, as well as regular CD and vinyl, and merch bundles. Get your copy now in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/wormrot or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/wormrot
The album is also available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/wormrot-voices-itunes
View the 'Voices' cover art at http://bit.ly/29ThbSQ
View a photo of the band at http://bit.ly/2c8lC9v
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