1. How long have you been straightedge?
I have claimed the “x” for just under thirteen years.
2. How did you get into it?
I was heavily into the punk rock scene but felt quite out of place. The
self-destructive aspects of the movement did not appeal to me, but I was very
attracted to the aggression and honesty of the music. I found the drug culture
not only unappealing, but absolutely appalling. This made me feel alienated
within the scene of outcasts. Then I discovered Minor Threat and realized that
there were people out there with the same interests and beliefs as my own. They
called themselves straightedge, as I did from that point on.
3. What keeps you on the path?
My absolute disgust of drug use.
4. Cool tour story involving the edge.
About three or four years ago we were on tour in the deep south and had stopped
at a gas station. We rolled out of the van into the convenience store that was
run and overrun by some backwoods good old boys. None of us had any
straightedge gear on, none of us had any visible tattoos showing, none were
x’ed up. Some of us were wearing hoodies but none of them had anything to do
with hardcore. When we were buying our juice and granola bars, we heard this
conversation between two locals…
“What the hell they supposed to be?”
“They call themselves “X’ers.”
“What’s that mean?”
“Well, they don’t drink, smoke or do any drugs.”
“That’s what I hear.”
“That’s stupid, why the hell would yew do that?”
“Ya got me.”
5. Worst heckling/peer pressure you ever took for being drug free.
All of my experiences are fairly typical. Heavy mockery, people literally
trying to force alcohol on me – the classics.
With every edge that is broken it cheapens the movement. It sounds dramatic,
but it truly pains me when I find someone I know has fallen. It makes me feel
more alone. But as they say…”if you’re not you never were.”
7. Is vegetarianism/veganism part of straightedge for you?
I do not consume any animal products but I do not connect that to my edge. It
is a natural correlation, however. I certainly would encourage anyone to
explore a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle but think to demand that of every sXe
kid makes the movement far too exclusive. I think we must begin with the betterment
of humanity which would then naturally result in compassion for animals.
8. First hardcore record you ever bought.
Minor Threat singles compilation.
9. First hardcore show.
10. Worst mosh or stagedive injury/pit experience?
11. Best show you ever played?
It may very well have been last week at the LA Palladium.
12. Best show you ever saw?
Lollapalloza 1: Jane’s Addiction, Siouxie and the Banshees, NIN…man.
13. Top 5 favorite records of all time.
Bauhaus “Press Eject and Give Me the Tape”
The Cure “Pornography”
David Bowie “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust”
Echo and the Bunnymen “Heaven Up Here”
The Smiths “Strangeways, Here We Come”
14. Minor Threat or Seven Seconds?
15. Lyrics that say it all for you.
“I want to see you, hear your voice, regret the choice. Rejoice in watching you
“Fear of failure, fear of reprimand, two big problems I’ve never had. I’ve
never doubted what I had inside.”
“A Fire Storm to Purify!”
16. Message to the youth?
Respect yourself, respect each other.