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Jared Paul



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http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191955167521914 -- Detroit show tonight @ Refuge Skate Shop / 7:30p / ALL AGES... Icarus? You in the neighborhood?
Post Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:17 pm
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Alan Hague



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The shows have been great so far, and I'm psyched for this run through the Midwest - Columbus, Ft. Wayne, Bloomington, Chicago, etc. Especially excited to play Rhino's in Bloomington - I've heard so many good things about that venue that I'm probably going to pee my little pants when we finally grace their stage.

On a completely unrelated note, this is the cleanest tour I've ever been a part of in terms of personal hygiene. I figure I'll give this showering-on-a-regular-basis thing a shot and see how it works out.

AND the Prius is getting about 40 MPG so far - with the 4 of us, all of our personal items, and the trailer full of gear. If this car were a person, I'd marry it and try to have little fuel-efficient offspring.

Hope to see some SFF people out there this summer!
Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:49 am
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Prius towing a trailer? Must see pics!!
Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:52 am
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Jared Paul



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I didn't have time to upload these to my photobucket yet, but there's some pics of Prius For Atheists here:

[ur]http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150226851663308.342683.515253307[/url]


*Also, of Rhino's in Bloomington, and of Shaun Joseph, our last poker night winner...
Post Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:57 pm
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Alan Hague



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Here's the beast!!

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Post Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:38 pm
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Keep on kickin' some ass fellas! 17 shows in 18 days is impressive! Good luck on the rest of the tour!
Post Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:51 pm
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Jared Paul



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Tonight will make 22 shows in 24 days. Feelin' like a bawce just for being conscious.

PDX tonight w/ NIAYH, Amy Everhart, & Holy Holy Holy in PDX @ Rodney House (5725 NE Rodney Street) / 8p-12a / All Ages / Donation.


*Life is long, not forever, riiiiiiight...?
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Nick Bianco



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Wow, i didn't realize you guys had a prius this time!

If anyone is in the Sacramento area...

Milford Sound in New Zealand
Post Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:34 am
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Wish I could be out west! Miss you guys. Stay Cool...
Post Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:08 pm
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Mikal kHill



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August 6th in Charlotte, NC! :D

IED (Socialist hardcore & ska group)
PFA (if you don't know, ask yer mom)
ThoughtCriminals (Me & my crew)

http://themilestoneclub.com
3400 Tuckaseegee Road - Charlotte NC 28208

I'll edit this in a little bit to add the flyer.

Here is the facebook event page with some more details:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=248200865206823
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Can't wait for Sac tonight! Its been too long since my last PFA show.
Great line up on Sunday also

Post Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:16 am
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Alan Hague



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Here's a nice little interview, courtesy of the great folks over at AMP Magazine. Although I'm weary of being considered an activist before a musician (it's the other way around in my own case, at least), I'm still grateful to have been interviewed by somebody who's more than passingly familiar with what we do and who asked some really good questions.


http://www.ampmagazine.com/15915/interview-with-jared-paul-and-alan-hague-of-prayers-for-atheists-by-tony-shrum/


PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS
Interview with Jared Paul (Vocals) and Alan Hague (Guitar, Vocals)
By Tony Shrum



Activists first, musicians second – this is a great way to describe PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS, a band that doesn’t skimp on either title. From the bowels of Providence, Rhode Island comes a punk outfit that planted its roots in a hip hop label and branched out on its own to form PFA Records.
Currently on the road for their national tour, AMP had the chance to pick their brains on subjects like: eating on tour, fighting for a cause vs. Netflix, and punk in a hip hop lineup. Enjoy.


How did the forming of PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS come about?
A: I saw Jared’s spoken-word set when he opened for Sage Francis on the Healthy Distrust tour here in Providence. I was psyched to hear somebody who was as interested in & pissed off about politics as I was. Some months later, a mutual friend of ours contacted me and told me Jared was looking to start up a band, and I jumped at the chance. Things started slowly, but it eventually developed into what it is today.

PFA’s self-titled EP was released on an independent hip hop label, what were some difficulties/advantages you faced being more of a punk rock outfit?
A: One of the major advantages, besides the strength of Strange Famous’ reputation, was the novelty of being a punk band on a hip-hop label. It was such an unusual coupling that I think it made people sit-up and say, “That’s interesting…” The only difficulty is that, despite the SFR fan base’s diverse tastes, we didn’t reach as much of a punk audience as we would have liked, especially as the newer songs were/are becoming much more punk-oriented.

This same self-titled EP consisted mainly of Jared’s vocals. Was there a decision made to include Alan’s vocals more on New Hymns For An Old War?
J: Alan is great vocalist. He can nail almost any style of rock n’ roll singing, melody, etc. He wrote all the music for New Hymns, and knows ever bar inside and out, so it just seemed natural to add his voice where ever it felt like they were called for. Alan also arranges or fuses my lyrics to the melody for choruses like PFA, Guns Up, Keep Left, Flies On The Water, etc.

How does the writing process go for you guys: lyrics and music? Does one usually come before the other, and is it a collaborative effort?
A: I generally write the music first and get at least a rough demo of it recorded before giving it to Jared to write to. If I have a strong grasp of what kind of melody or delivery will work, then I’ll ask Jared to write something to fit that structure. Then, Jared writes away. The great part about collaborating this way is that I can easily sit and write music all day, and it’s the same for Jared’s lyric writing. It’s a very complementary creative relationship.

Your sophomore album, New Hymns For An Old War, came out on your newly formed label, PFA Records. How did Strange Famous Records react to this departure?
A: Strange Famous has supported us 100% every step of the way. They’ve offered us invaluable guidance and advice, and we’re truly grateful for that.
J: Yeah, Sage has had our back at every turn; he wants PFA to succeed almost as much as we do. We all just felt like this was the right move to make. In terms of reaching beyond the indie hip hop niche, in terms of us not fitting in that niche to begin with, and in terms of melodic hardcore, punk, and post punk being more of the natural home for what this project grew into. PFA is still a member of the SFR collective. Expect SFR collaborations on the next PFA album. And potentially, a solo Jared Paul hip hop album in 2012.

What can we expect to come out of PFA Records; any acts already being considered we should be aware of?
J: Right now, we are focusing on PFA projects. When we’ve got more juice we’ll be considering some things. We’ve got ideas. I’d love to be able to put out an Aquifer (www.AquiferMusic.net) or People With Teeth (www.bandcamp.com/peoplewithteeth) record at some point.

It seems like you guys have been touring extensively since the release of your self-titled debut album. Is this something you feel is necessary to stay afloat as a band, and how do you manage to do national tours: financially, physically, and mentally?
A: Touring is unquestionably essential, especially for smaller bands like us. The bulk of our CD & merch sales come from touring; it’s the best way to get your music out there. As for how we make tours happen financially, first of all, Jared books all of our tours and does a stellar job of it. We don’t pay a manager or booking agent or anybody. Also, we’ve just financed a Toyota Prius as our tour vehicle. It’ll be a bit cramped in there, but the money we’ll save on gas will literally make the difference between coming home broke & coming home with money. We’ve also spent most of the past week making pretty extensive repairs on the old “Drop Dead” (legendary Providence punk/hardcore band) tour trailer we bought for our gear (Thanks Bob Dead! Thanks Ben Dead!)
On the physical level, here’s some advice I was told by Dave Booth, our former drummer and good friend: Sleep when you can, shower when you can, eat when you can, and shit when you can. As long as you stick to that regimen, you’ll be fine!
Basically, it all boils down to believing in yourselves enough to find a way to make things happen.

Most bands on tour don’t have the best diet, and being vegan has to make that even more difficult. What are some tips you have for touring vegans?
J: I’m actually vegan with a wheat allergy, which can definitely make things complicated at times, but at the end of the day, isn’t that bad as long as I carry my own shit with me and prepare ahead of time. PFA buys groceries collectively out of the band account and takes turns cooking. This is possible because we stay with friend’s in every city and are blessed and thankful to usually have full run of the kitchen. Marco is an excellent cook, I’ve been cooking vegan for over 14 years, and Alan’s got a developing style (but always puts forth something hearty). We pack the leftovers for lunch the next day and leave every kitchen cleaner than we found it. In this way, $40-$50 a week in groceries can provide two legit meals for four guys twice a day for most of the week. Think about that: if we were going out to eat, ignoring that the fact that weren’t some huge act with a huge budget, we’d be spending $8-$10 for per person for each meal! As opposed to what we spend on groceries? We save hundreds of dollars every week, and over the course of a 6 week tour, we save a almost $2,000 collectively. We definitely aren’t all about “making money,” but your band isn’t going to survive if you can’t even come home with rent money.

You’re on tour, what are some cities that you guys are excited to get to, and is it due to the venue, local fans, food, etc.?
A: Portland, Oregon because 1. the people are great, 2. there’s a lot of music happening there, and 3. Voodoo Donuts is the best thing to ever happen to the world. That and Powell’s Bookstore.

When I listen to your music it makes me dance, but it’s an angry dance that says, “We’re not gonna take this shit!” because every one of your songs has meaning in its lyrics. Is this a PFA approved take on your music?
A: Most definitely. Music of substance can definitely be accessible. It doesn’t have to be both very intellectual on a conceptual level and god-awful on the musical level – or a great, catchy piece of music but devoid of any meaning whatsoever. It’s possible to do both – just look at “Rock the Casbah” by the CLASH.

J. Victory Music is a good way to describe it. Like OP IVY.

Why was “Guns Up!” chosen as the single off your new album, and how/where was the music video shot?
A: We went with “Guns Up” because we really enjoy it as a song first and foremost. But also, to reiterate our concept of “good music,” we strive to make songs that can have a memorable hook but also address very real, important concepts and issues. I think “Guns Up” has been our strongest success in that endeavor as songwriters so far.
J: The video was shot in an abandon train tunnel: as you know, there used to be a lot more trains before the oil companies and car companies conspired to run so much of the U.S.’s public transportation into the ground. We scouted the location, wrote up an outline for the vid, poured over Harlan County, USA for relevant frames (definitely check out this documentary), and then lugged a shit ton of gear over the first 100 yards of the flooded tunnel entrance to get to the actual shoot. It was dark, dangerous, and may or may not have been highly illegal but completely worth it. We got an amazing set for free, and with the help of Mike Issa productions, Paul Hubbard (International Socialist Organization), and several committed PFA supporters, we got the whole thing done well within our price range.

Where can we see your videos, and hear your music?
A: www.prayersforatheists.org is the go-to spot. We’ve also got all the other sites – Facebook, Bandcamp, our own YouTube account, etc.

I’m excited to see PFA perform live in the next few months, what are the odds of this happening, and how can I make sure I don’t miss it?
A: We’re hitting the road in 2 days (as I write this) for a nationwide 40-city tour. All tour dates are posted at www.prayersforatheists.org

Before we leave, I know PFA consist of activists before musicians. What are some causes we should be aware of?
A: In general, capitalism’s relentless pursuit of profit is unequally distributing wealth and making the rich richer, stifling or directly attacking the democratic process, exploiting labor around the globe, and is destroying the planet. It’s THE problem that’s at the root of all other problems (environmental degradation, health-care & the lack of it, attacks on workers’ standards of living, etc.).

J: Democracy Now is the most important media outlet we know of: www.DemocracyNow.org. We recommend their free daily news program to everyone we meet. The ruling class is organized. It lies, cheats, steals, murders, and dominates to get anything it wants. The working class is not organized. We need to band together to take the 80% of the wealth that that the richest 10% of the people have stolen/conspired to acquire, and use it for things that people actually need: health care, schools, food, roads, etc. We’re never going to do it alone. If you want to make a difference, you’ve got to join an organization and get involved- The International Socialist Organization (ISO – www.internationalsocialist.org/) is a great place to start. Alan and I are members of the ISO and of the Rhode Island Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation. We also regularly support and organize with Jobs With Justice, the IWW, the Olneyville Neighborhood Association, and many other local and national groups. Getting involved is more fun than playing fucking video games or watching Netflix. I promise you. Get the adventure / action / epic feeling you seek from movies and video games in REAL LIFE. Who knows? You might even fall in love, become somebody’s hero, and change world in the process.
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Mikal kHill wrote:



So suped to be playing with Thought Kriminals again, man!

*IED sounds like good shit. Can't wait.
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dearest PFA, i had a badass time in reno with y'all...i'm glad we were able to have nicole with amnesty international to support political prisoners...

here was something that was posted about y'alls visit:

Action for Majid Tavakoli at Prayers for Atheists Show
"Amnesty International was lucky to have a table at one of the most progressive line-up of performers to ever play in Reno. Performers and fans participated en force in an action for Majid Tavakoli, student leader still incarcerated in Iran for activism. Prayers for Atheists headlined. Other acts included Spoken Views poetry collective, Knowledge Lives Forever, and Weapons of Mass Creation."

i'm glad art can have substance and cause...i'm fin to make some beetroot burgers (as they appear on the sole vegan recipe page) outta all this food y'all left in my kitchen...and i'm deep cleaning the bathroom with the baking soda you left......stay cool down south...i'm missing y'all already!!!
<3 BIGGEST'lil'slooth
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