Earth Crisis Frontman Karl Buechner on Animal Rights, Ignoring Haters

FUSE TV - Earth Crisis Frontman Karl Buechner on Animal Rights, Ignoring Haters

Since forming in the early '90s, Earth Crisis have been one of the most influential bands in the hardcore movement. The New York act's outspoken views on animal rights and their promotion of a straight-edge, vegan lifestyle haven't always made them popular in the hxc scene, but their fanbase continues to grow throughout the world.

On May 19, Bullet Tooth will release The Discipline, a 4-song 7" EP that will include two re-recorded tracks from Earth Crisis' seminal debut, Destroy the Machines, which turns 20 this year. It'll also include two re-recorded early-career demos. Fuse spoke with Earth Crisis singer Karl Buechner (far right in the photo above) to get the lowdown on the new EP, plus his thoughts on straight-edge culture and the band's critics.

This May is the 20th anniversary of your debut album, Destroy the Machines. Did someone else bring that milestone to your attention, or was it on your radar already?

That particular album seems to have a special place in our fans' hearts. When we have been out playing shows over the last few years, we've had a lot of people tell us that Destroy the Machines has meant a lot to them. We've been looking forward to the anniversary so we could play the album in its entirety. Some of the songs off of it we only ever played once or twice live.

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