In a dystopian political reality, a post punk, socially liberating band might just be the fresh glass of lemonade we all need. Platform magazine caught up with vegan friendly four-man band Cabbage on their revolutionary friendly tour. Cabbage might just be one of the edgiest bands I’ve seen yet, with an opening declaration of their alliance with the devil, I fearfully dived into the neo pop-punk band that’s taking liberalism to a whole new level.Snuggled in the swanky rooms of Bodega a rather tipsy singer, bassist; Joe Martin, gave us the lowdown of the cabbage legacy.
How long have you been a band for?
Joe: What month is it now February? January February…sixteen months!
That’s awesome so how did you guys start out?
Joe: Everybody else was shit (laughs) I’ve been in bands for ages and I was always the drummer. So I kind of watched Iggy pop, basically I felt exactly as him…sick of licking peoples arses all the time. So when he made the jump and I heard that Iggy could do it I thought that I could do it, so we gave it a go.
The reason we write the music is because we are so sick of people who are pretentious, narcissistic, self-serving bands about pop music and love. Even now we’ve been classed a cliché because we right political music
Its not cliché surely, don’t you think you’re making a bold statement with your music?
Joe: Exactly that’s why we decided to take it into our own hands, we didn’t even want to be a professional band…. we just wanted to do Manchester right.
You’re originally from Manchester then?
Joe: Yeah we just wanted to be a punk rock band…. who just wanted to fucking write lyrics about jimmy Savile and the establishment. We have kind of been put in the limelight so we need to be a bit more tactful about what we put out there.
Don’t you suppose in this day and age there is no longer a need for tact?
I suppose its like you know in Gladiator? When he’s like ‘well you’re the boss now.’ It kind of feels like that, like you’ve been given a helm, so now you need to be tactful.
Because before it was like I’m no leader of this fucking thing. I’m just going to go out there and do as much damage as I possibly can. Now its different, its like now we have been given a position were we could actually try and lead some sort of social movement, in a very, very small bracket of music.
I completely agree, where do you stand with socio-political arguments at this time?
I am very confused at the minute. Like every one I believe that we should have left Brexit. Having said that, I was for remain at the time but now…I think, I think we should have left but we have left it at the hands of the Tories. I am completely against the Tories. I was a Labor supporter.
Yes * high fives* would you say that music is one of the main ways you express your views?
Joe: The reason I am in a band! It’s the way I feel I can survive by expressing myself. I don’t want to be in a band to just fucking be on stage and all that shit. I love being on stage! Don’t get me wrong, but it’s the only way I can express myself truly and I can live a life where I don’t feel suicidal. That’s why I do it, to stop my self from social exile. Being in a band has saved my life.
Are we expecting a song on president Trump?
Joe: (Laughs) we already wrote a song on trump. We stopped writing it because we wrote it like ten months ago it was called: ‘Free the idiot’ but we kind of felt that was cliché to do. So we took the song out because enough people are dealing with Trump. I want to deal with situations that aren’t recognized. Things that slip under the media, Trump is being taken care of by everybody else.
What kind of issues do you feel deeply need publicizing to the media?
Joe: I feel deeply about narcissism and I feel deeply about propaganda in the media. I feel deeply about the last forty years of rock and roll music and the TV industry. I’m trying to create a new British wave where we forget xenophobia and we try and create a better world for everybody else.
When can we next expect to see you perform again?
Joe: Well were off to Birmingham now, but check the summer festivals were probably in 60% of them. We got a lot of festivals, any particular you going?
Considering park life and Reading
Joe: We are main stage Park life playing Reading and I can’t say anymore, as they haven’t been announced yet.
Those are great festivals for a fairly new band, are you not overwhelmed? You guys are really making your mark.
Joe: I wouldn’t say we are the greatest band in the history of music. I suppose right now, especially where we are in the north. We are sort of needed right now. So I hope we can sort of spearhead and get a lot of people in creative music