SC: Within many of the (band's) albums, you have a lot of social/political commentary. I don’t know if it’s one or two on this album songs that offer commentary on the Arab Spring situation. How does a song that relates to such a relevant political issue fit into the larger scheme of the album?
Simone: "We have been influenced by the Arabic culture politics music-wise because a lot of our songs do have an Arabian touch to them. Mark (Jansen/guitars) has been very much interested in what’s been going on over there. Everyone who has been watching the news can see what’s happening. Through the medium of our music, we can send out the news of what’s been happening in the world and make people think about it. It’s a source of expressing our opinions, not too much of course because we want people to think about these issues and form their own opinion. We do like to lay it on the table though. It has already been part of our music since Day 1; 'Façade of Reality' is also about the attack on the twin towers. Those have been recurring topics in our music."
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Epica are currently on a headline tour through North America. The schedule is now as follows:
3 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
4 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL - TBD
5 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
7 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
8 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
10 - Five Sixty - Vancouver, BC
11 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
12 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
14 - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center - San Francisco, CA
15 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
16 - House of Blues Sunset Strip - West Hollywood, CA
17 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
19 - Trees - Dallas, TX
20 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
21 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, Tx
23 - Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
24 - Soundstage - Baltimore, MD