For years, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has followed domestic and international politics, but when it came to his band, he preferred to focus on personal issues such as dysfunctional romances and parasitic relationships.
The group's new video, "Spike in My Veins," is a different story. In the clip, Korn goes off on media manipulation, government surveillance, and the frivolity of pop culture.
"The entertainment industry will do anything to get people's attention away from all the terrible things that are happening in the world," Davis told Yahoo Music. "And that's why people are so oblivious to what's going on. They're completely obsessed with following every detail of the lives of untalented people."
The video for "Spike in My Veins" is filled with snippets from news broadcasts that give the song an old-school industrial flavor. These clips include: President Obama talking about National Security Advisory spying; NSA whistleblower and political fugitive Edward Snowden, music videos by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Kanye West; and shots of Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, and others. There are also scenes depicting the political scandals of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Warning: The video contains some profanity.
To Davis, all the sensationalism the media reports is a conscious bait-and-switch effort by the government to keep the public unaware of controversial, top-secret acts committed in the name of national security.
"When the whole Justin Bieber bulls--t was going on and there was the Miley Cyrus commotion and the Kanye West thing happening, Obama passed this crazy-ass f--king bill that allows him to put anyone he wants in prison," Davis said. "He can hold them there as long as he wants and he doesn't have to charge them with anything. And then there's military action going on in the world that's not even reported on the news. Why are people letting this s--t happen? It's because they've basically become placated into becoming sheep."
According to Davis, there's an equally insidious war going on right in people's homes. By having control over the mass media, he says, the government can spy on its own citizens, not just from surveillance cameras in the street, but from within our technological gadgets and gizmos.
"You can't tell me that they don't have a back door to every iPhone that's sold or every computer camera in the world," Davis said. "There's so much information and so much technology that makes spying even easier for them: laptops, tablets, iPhones — they've all got cameras. It's scary and sad."
Davis hopes the "Spike in My Veins" video will inspire fans to turn away from their TVs, open their eyes, and realize Big Brother is not only watching, he's quite possibly manipulating their environment, blurring the line between fiction and reality.
"I just heard that there's f--king people going around and confiscating guns," Davis said. "It's crazy because all the f--king gun violence — it's obviously false flags. Someone's giving these people guns and all of a sudden all these shootings start to happen. When there's so much s--t like that going on around you, it's time to take a good look and realize who's taking advantage of you so you can really be informed."
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