Band of Mercy “Conquest”
This is a hardcore punk band that doesn’t sound too much unlike Agnostic Front except for the fact that their lyrics are (mostly) about being vegan. I thought that maybe the song “Hey Vegans!” would mock vegans but it’s more of a calling for vegans to unite and smash everyone who opposes them. In this day and age of diverse music, I really wish there were better things to sing about than being vegan or straight edge or whatever, but apparently there are not. I’m not sure which is worse- having music being pro-vegan or anti-vegan. Couldn’t the music just not be about politics and such?
Ultimately, it comes down to this: While the music itself isn’t necessarily bad, the lyrics are doing nothing for me because I am not a vegan and don’t want to feel badly about eating cheese (My grandparents had a dairy farm and I still have family that farms, so vegans need to chillax) Thus, one can conclude that by writing lyrics about being vegan you are, in essence, casting out your potential fan base simply because they are not vegan themselves. This does not even mean you’re casting out half of your fans because if only 30% of the hardcore punk fans who stumble across you are vegan then you’re shunning 7 out of 10 of your fans. On the reverse side of things, if you were making fun of vegans you’d be losing fewer fans but you’d be a jerk. So why not make music that can include everybody?
I’m not going to say this again, so next time I come across a band singing about being vegan I simply will not review it.