AE: Yeah, it’s actually pretty interesting, when I interviewed Tami Hart of Making Friendz and Men, she told me she saw you in concert a few years back when she was a teenager growing up in a small town and she felt like your music saved her life.
AE: Did you have any bands that made the same impact on you when you were just a 13-year-old sneaking out of the house?
AE: Well, you said that you grew up in a Southern Baptist church — were you from the South originally?
Eastern Washington — it’s not the smallest town. It’s not like Iowa or anything but it’s pretty redneck but there was a lot going on and a lot of D.I.Y. stuff and punk shows. So, music was all — it was everything. It was my life. If it wasn’t for live shows and all-ages dance clubs I probably would’ve offed myself at an early age. [Laughs] I started going to punk shows when I was like twelve and would ride on my friend’s older brother’s shoulders and dancing around in the pit.
But, yeah, I can totally relate to music saving people’s lives. Lyrically, I try to keep things open so that people can see themselves in the music or the songs and relate to them, because that’s how I felt. The music that I grew up listening to that I really appreciated, it was like they were talking straight to me. They carried me through many dark teenage periods when I felt like a freak and didn’t fit in to any of the societal norms.
AE: At what point did you come out?