How did Wake of Humanity form a band?

The band was the brainchild of bass player, Michael Chinn aka “Metal Mike.” He approached me about singing for a band with an outspoken vegan agenda. I was intrigued but extremely hesitant as I did not think my vocal stylings were adequate for a metallic hardcore band. He reassured me that he really wanted the contrast of my voice in the band as he was familiar with my past projects. He thought my politics were aligned with what he wanted to accomplish with this band. Plus, we have been friends for a long time and had never been in a band together. He also told me he liked my energy as a front person and really wanted to have an energetic band with a singer who has a lot to say (for better or worse). He had another guitar player and a bass player in the mix but no drummer and shortly after our first meeting the bass player moved on so Mike decided he’d play bass. Once I was onboard Mike and Adam, the guitar player at the time, started writing songs which would become the At Capacity ep, thanks to Caroline and John at Headfirst! Records. We didn’t have a drummer so we asked Adam’s friend Tom who had just moved to Portland from Vermont if he’d record the ep with us. Those guys did that recording and it took me forever to record vocals. I finally got that done but we still didn’t have a permanent drummer. After some time we recruited a drummer that Mike had played with in the past. We got off to a great start and the first few shows were well received in the Pacific Northwest. That only worked out for a handful of shows. We had to part ways with that drummer for multiple reasons. We went a few months without a drummer and I was getting frustrated because I had committed to this project, it got off to a ferocious start and just like that it was on the shelf. At some point in early May 2016 I went to see Dropdead and ran into Max who played for another band (Anti-Self) that we played with in the past. I asked him what was up with Anti-Self and he said they’d broken up. I let him know we were in search of a new drummer and and he paused for a minute then said, “I play drums…I’m vegan…I’m straightedge…” and a week later we practiced w/ Max and he’s been ripping it up ever since. His energy, passion and commitment really fit in with the rest of us and he’s an awesome human. I always wanted a second guitar player for this band because I thought it would add so much to the dynamics of what we were playing. We brought this up with folks and eventually everyone was onboard with adding a second guitar player. In June 2016 Jeremy (Max’s brother) came in to jam with us and he had the whole At Capacity 7” totally dialed. He joined and shortly after that we went on our first US West Coast tour in October 2016 with Die Young. That tour went really well. It was like the best forst tour both Mike and I had done.  However, soon after that we parted ways with Adam, the original guitar player. We worked hard to dial in our sound as a four-piece and really haven’t looked back since. We’ve discussed adding another guitar player but this dynamic is so perfect as a four piece that we don’t really want to mess with it. We all get along well, tour well together and we are all on the same page in terms of ethics, touring, being passionate about music, the message and the causes we are aligned with. I can see this being the end all lineup for the band (with perhaps a second guitar player at some point). It would be a very different vibe if one of us left.

What issues lie close to your heart?

So many. Like our tag line indicates, we’re “For the animals. For the environment. For human justice.” I’ll try to elaborate a little on each one.

For the Animals: We are all vegan and try as much as we can to go beyond merely having a vegan diet. We are all active in terms of animal rights, volunteering, educating and promoting veganism, animal welfare and smashing the notion that animals are on this earth to serve us. I truly believe it’s quite the opposite. One issue that we look at lyrically and conceptually on “At Capacity” is found in the song “WA016F.” This song deals with the unjust murder of wildlife, specifically Gray Wolves, who once were found throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sadly, this species was nearly extirpated over the past 100 years or so. Wolf conservation and recovery in this area is something I’m deeply passionate about. In undergraduate school, I spent a lot of time studying the reintroduction of Gray Wolves into areas such as where I now live. That was the first song I wrote for this band and it was based off a horrible incident that occurred close to where we live. Just about 60 miles from Seattle, the breeding alpha female of the Teanaway Wolf Pack (who’s radio collar was WA016F) was shot in cold blood by a local rancher who believed the wolf and her pack were threatening their livelihood by scaring and attacking their livestock. I believe this to be complete garbage and refute such claims against wildlife for many reasons. One of which is quite obvious to me but seemingly hard for others to grasp. Simply, the wolves were there first. Humans are encroaching on their range, destroying their habitat and acting as if wolves are the problem.
In addition, we have this interlude type song called “Fight/Resist” and that song/concept was originally applied to the University of Washington building a new animal lab here in Seattle. AR activists fought so hard so shut this down and in the end, they ended up moving forward with the lab as well as subsidizing other labs across the US. Now more than ever we must fight and resist not only vivisection but for the environment and for basic human rights. That song will be on the new record.

For the Environment: I don’t even know where to start with this one. I’ve always been in love with nature and have turned it into a career and it’s involved in everything I do. I’m a restoration ecologist by trade so I’m always working to undo the harm humans have done to the earth. So, restoring habitat, educating and inspiring others to do so as well is what really lies close to my heart. A lot of the ecological restoration work I do is with volunteers so I have many opportunities to reach a lot of people, engage them in ecological restoration and educate them about why it’s needed and how fish and wildlife benefit from their habitats being restored. I love my job and I love being in a position where in can have a positive impact on the environment, animals and humans! The one thing that absolutely blows my mind is how human greed and consumption lends itself to destroying the very resources that we rely on to live and when I talk about this as in the song “At Capacity” I’m directing my anger towards those in first world countries such as the US who usurp natural resources at a very lopsided rate. People are unconsciously depleting natural resources, destroying nature and habitat, obliterating entire ecosystems, removing cultures, displacing human and non-human animal species all for capital gain. Not ok in my opinion. We hold the environment close to our hearts and have been doing everything possible to point all this out and go beyond the words we write by giving back in one way or another to help the environment.

For Human Justice: One of the things I noticed early on when we started this band was that we come across as very ecocentric which we are! But I wanted to make sure people understand that we aren’t (always) pissed off misanthropes who don’t recognize the value some humans offer the world. One of the first things we did was a collaboration with the non-government organization 100 for Haiti (as I have been involved with them since their inception). We did the first evet benefit t-shirt with them. All of the funds from those shirts go to help out provide humanitarian relief in Haiti. More on that cause can be found at http://www.onehundredforhaiti.org/ and the shirt is still in our online merch store at https://wakeofhumanity.bandcamp.com/merch/one-hundred-for-haiti-benefit-shirt-2-sided.
More recently, we’ve focused on standing up for the victims and survivors of sexual violence. I’ll elaborate more on that topic later in this interview but every one of us in this band has been affected by sexual violence in one way or another. We all have partners, friends, and family members who have been victims of sexual assault. In the hardcore scene, we are learning every day of more and more incidents of sexual assault and in the grand scheme of things we as community are doing very little to confront that head on and work to support survivors, out perpetrators and eventually eradicate sexual assault from not only our various underground scenes but from society in general. I believe this is one of the most important issues we now cover as a band, both lyrically, onstage and working in our community.

Why is each and every one of you vegan straight edge?

We all have our individual reasons but I think for all of us veganism is way more important to highlight as a band than straight edge. We are all vegan and straight edge but we have rarely “advertised” or have spoken about Wake of Humanity as a vegan straight edge band until more recently. Partially because we didn’t want to paint ourselves into an ideological corner by being an agenda based band…but after all, we are exactly that, an agenda based band. We want to focus on veganism and we all happen to be straight edge. That said, I do have to recognize the important role straight edge has played in my life. For me it’s something I hold near and dear to my heart. It saved my life as cliché as that sounds. I have a horribly addictive personality and needed something like claiming edge to keep me in line, keep me sober and basically keep me alive. I’d have bouts of sobriety, for years sometimes, but would then relapse, usually when things went wrong in life. I claimed edge a little later in life and a lot of people scoffed at it. Some people tried to say I could not be straight edge. I believe that to be total garbage.  However, a lot of my friends were totally stoked on it and have been very supportive. It was a personal decision I made almost 15 years ago that I’m proud of and a conviction that I know will last forever. Life and keeping my mind right is hard enough but add drugs and alcohol and it gets even that much more difficult for me.
Speaking on behalf of the entire band I can say we are all straight edge for personal reasons that may differ a little for each of us. We are all vegan because we care deeply about the treatment of non-human animal species and recognize we are the ones who can speak up for the animals, their rights and the environment in which they live. We truly believe animal testing, animal exploitation and animal products are unnecessary.

How do you incorporate xvx into your lyrics and behaviour as a band?

I write a lot about commitment, staying committed to your convictions and not selling out (Null & Void). I try to honor everyone’s decisions in life but when people sell out veganism it really bums me out. Straight edge not so much but when people sell out veganism it makes me extremely frustrated. People made a conscience decision to become vegan. Something motivated them to do that. Whether it was watching “Earthlings,” listening to Propagandhi or learning about veganism from a friend, they made that decision. They did it for a reason, most often because they love animals and hate cruelty, suffering, oppression and capitalism. Yet, sometimes these same people go on to sell out veganism and to me that’s just sad, lazy and pathetic. You made an educated, well informed decision to change something in your life to make it better for others that don’t have the luxury of such choices. So, being outspoken about that is one of the ways in which we incorporate the vegan aspect. Most of us X up when we play so that might count for incorporating the straight edge in Wake of Humanity.

And in everyday life?

One thing I try to do always is lead by example. Whether it’s with veganism, animal rights, sobriety, caring for the environment or whatever. I’ve made all those things underlying important factors that motivate me to wake up every day and try to make the world a better place. If my everyday actions are recognized by others and can potentially change someone’s behavior, then that’s a huge win. Especially if those lives changed are from outside of the hardcore community. I try to get involved with activism and community outreach on many levels whether it’s fighting fascism in the streets of Seattle (which we’ve unfortunately had to do a lot lately given the current political climate), volunteering to help out at animal sanctuaries, leading environmental restoration events, attending various protests, etc.

As a band, all of us do it one way or another. Max works with youth as an educator and leader. He works with young teens who are impressionable. He always talks about how they constantly ask him questions as they know he’s in a band, they know he’s vegan and some know he’s sober etc. It’s amazing, I’ve seen him in action. He and I collaborate on volunteer events where he brings youth groups he works with out to volunteer on habitat restoration projects with me. We always seem to weave veganism into the conversation. Jeremy comes out and volunteers with us a lot and we try to volunteer as a band together as much as possible. Mike owned a vegan bakery for several years in Seattle for several years. They had the best vegan baked goods I’ve ever had! Mike also does a lot of work doing volunteer outreach with Sea Shepherd and helping with benefit bake sales for Pigs Peace Sanctuary (http://www.pigspeace.org/main/index.html). We also play a lot of benefit shows here in Seattle. We’ve done one for 100 for Haiti and a few for our favorite local animal sanctuary, Precious Life Animal Sanctuary (http://preciouslifeanimalsanctuary.org/). So, as a band I think we try to do the most we can to back up our beliefs with action, education and hopefully inspiration.

You also wrote lyrics about sexual violence; can you please elaborate on your inspiration for doing this?

Yes, we do have a song addressing sexual violence, unfortunately. As I say every time we play it live, “Living in the Shadow of a Grotesque Lie” is the most difficult song we have had to write and it’s difficult to play every single time. But it had to be done. The song is in response to a series of incidents that took place in the Seattle area where one individual, a friend at the time, was accused of multiple accounts of sexual violence, a ton of emotional abuse in relationships and the general manipulation of friends, family, co-workers and partners to get what he wants. I was involved with co-facilitating an accountability process with him and it was the most frustrating, emotionally challenging and eye-opening endeavor I’ve ever been involved with. Early on we realized we were way way way over our heads and this person is a very sick individual and there was close to nothing we could do to actually hold him accountable for his actions. We could not do that because he was unwilling to recognize his wrongdoings and be accountable for them. Sure, he paid back a little bit of money he owed people, admitted to being difficult in relationships, went to therapy, enrolled in a relationship class and basically did the bare minimum that was asked by his survivor(s) and the committee facilitating the process. Never once did he admit responsibility or act accountable or apologize to those he hurt and lied to. Instead, while in the midst of the process, he continued to abuse people and partners, engaged in sexual relations with intoxicated individuals, did not practice proper consent and would constantly manipulate the facilitators of the process. He never accepted responsibility for his actions and would deflect blame at all times. The one thing that really made me furious was how he acted as if he was THE victim through all this. It’s appalling and I hope our lyrics and that song articulate the emotion I feel towards his dismissal of survivors and the countless people he hurt. So, this process went on for like a year and after 15+ meetings, we ended it with strict terms for him to disassociate with the hardcore scene and those he had abused. He was banned from several clubs in the area. I was so burned out and fucked up in the head and focused on a new job that I could not dedicate any more time and energy to a process by which the perpetrator of multiple crimes could not reconcile in the least and be accountable for his actions. I sadly missed the last meeting. I truly think he, like similar abusers, require extensive professional/psychiatric help far beyond what he was doing. On paper, this process might look like a failure but I maintain that regardless of the outcome all of us involved recognize that this person was wrong and he abused many people and now that is out in the open. At the end of the day I think we all tried our hardest to make a positive impact for those he harmed. He has left the hardcore scene and while I was in Europe I learned he moved from Seattle. Still, this is troubling because who is going to stop him from conducting himself in the same manner elsewhere?
If anything for me, this process opened my eyes to how much fucked up shit happens out there and to trust my instincts when I get a “creepy vibe” from someone. It exposed me to resources I could use as a man to learn about consent and practice that in my everyday life. It also brought me closer to a few of the folks facilitating the process. Overall, I learned a lot and hope I can help out more. Most of all, I think I learned to shut the fuck up and listen to survivors.
*For this question and the next several questions, I want to recognize that I’m using a binary gender construct in explaining my answers. I believe that historically, as I will explain, this gender construct is one of the main reasons behind the problems we face with rape culture today.

Why is there no real “call out culture” in the hardcore scene?

I think there are several reasons for that. I believe the main reason is due to toxic masculinity. The hardcore scene is still a male-dominated subculture mirroring society in general. We’ve made a little progress in terms of scene “diversity” in recent years but there are still marginalized individuals and groups of people who go underrepresented due to the current construct.  That’s created a very lopsided scene where all the cool guys in bands often get “passes” for very shitty behavior and the marginalized individuals and groups go unheard, undervalued and ignored. It’s still a popularity show and dudes in bands and scene cool guys are getting away with sexual violence and emotional manipulation because of how we’ve been socialized in general. Even in the hardcore scene survivors are often afraid to come forward due to the way we’ve treated them in the past. Victim blaming, not listening/ignoring people when they come forward with an acquisition all need to cease. We saw this with the whole Champion/True Identity thing. One person had the incredible courage to come forward and call out sketchy abusive behavior. After that initial statement so many others came forward with similar stories. We can’t take it for granted that someone is not capable of committing such atrocities if they are in a band, into radical politics or so called male feminists or feminist allies. This is all on the shoulders of the men in the scene. I believe it is our responsibility to recognize these issues, be accountable and take actions to remedy the situation(s). Further, men need to make space for others. Step aside and recognize this space in hardcore we have created is truly open to everyone. And when you are called out for shitty behavior, do your work to remedy the situation.  So, I believe the reason there is no such consistent call out culture in the scene yet is because of our history and perhaps unwillingness to change.

What can be done to achieve this kind of culture?

First, we need to recognize the problem exists. Next, we need to listen to survivors and take every word they say very seriously. We need to have compassion for those abused and we need to turn that compassion into action and actually do something about it regardless of who the perpetrator is. Again, it’s largely up to the men in the scene to realize they play the largest role in making this scene better by stepping aside, shutting up and listening. I was discussing this very concept recently with friends. We were talking about how to end rape culture, patriarchy, sexism, misogyny etc. in the hardcore scene. One of the conclusions that we came to is that men need to become more in touch with their emotions and they need to not be afraid to talk about their feelings. This could be a first or second step following the recognition that a huge problem exists in achieving a culture that calls out and holds its members accountable for their actions. It will require continued work and learning and action.

How do we all end rape culture in our everyday life?

I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to achieve this because to me the phrase “everyday life” extends beyond the hardcore community and transcends to the society that formed these behaviors in the first place. I think rape culture is largely a byproduct of toxic masculinity and male privilege bred by the patriarchal capitalist construct under which we have all been socialized. I think if we all recognize why and how it exists we can work on dismantling it. I’m by no means an expert or the most appropriate spokesperson on this topic but I want to do something about it. I’m invested in making this world a better place so I feel as though I should do all I can to help. Screaming at the top of my lungs about it in a band that plays hyper masculine music is highly paradoxical but I see this as a starting point for us as individuals and collectively as Wake of Humanity to do something about rape culture. We are all on the same page in terms of making this scene and this world a better place so we feel our stance, our words, our songs and our actions are merely a starting point for us to bring up these topics, educate people and provide resources such as “Learning Good Consent” zines at our shows.

Again, men becoming more comfortable with their emotions and feelings and recognizing and talking about these topics is very important. I feel weird every time I talk about this live or in interviews because I’m a straight white male with a ton of privilege and I’m basically part of the problem. That said, I’ve thought about this a great deal and have a few ideas about how we can dismantle rape culture or what me and Wake of Humanity have done as a band thus far. I’ve written down some words and actions that have been helpful for me to change the way I act. If more men can take these into account we would be at a good starting point in ending rape culture.

Recognition – We need to recognize that rape culture exists and that toxic masculinity/male privilege is one of the roots of the problem. Also, regardless of our “punkness” we are socialized in a capitalist society for the most part and that plays a huge role in how we act and treat others.

Accountability – We all need to be accountable for your actions and we need to hold others accountable for theirs.

Respect – We need to treat others with more respect.

Consent – Always practice proper consent. Learn about it and do it. All the time.

Care – We need to care when people speak up about abuse. No more dismissing accusations. No more mansplaining. No more bullshit. Care more about others and less about ourselves and getting what we want.

Shut up – I need to shut up. All men need to shut up and let marginalized individuals/survivors and groups speak, play music, do their thing etc.

Listen – We need to listen after we shut up. Actively listen and absorb what is being said to us.

Feel – We need to just feel more and be comfortable with expressing our emotions.

And overall, there just needs to be more genuine love for our fellow humans.

Also, we need to applaud and create more groups like No! to Rape Culture which started in Portland, OR (http://notorapeculture.bigcartel.com/). Participating in the activities and workshops provided by groups such as this can be a starting point in enlightening and educating people within our hardcore community.

Missing Fluff Fest today. WOH Summer 2018 European tour?

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Well, we made it back to the states but I truly believe we left our hearts in Rokycany. It's still difficult to explain what an amazing experience we had on our first European tour. We would like to thank everyone who played a role, big or small, in making this tour successfully come to fruition. Special thanks to the @flufffest team and Fluff Wheels for making the tour possible and for curating an event that embodies every aspect that makes our little community uniquely wonderful and important. Extra special thanks to the incredible Lukas Msx for not only driving us all over the place but for being an amazing human. We miss you and can't wait to hang out with you some time soon. Thanks to all the promoters who booked our shows, fed us and provided us with a place to stay. Last and by far not least, thanks to all the folks who came out to the shows, took pics, sang along and listened to what we have to say. The response we received was extremely overwhelming. So much passion. So much love. So much commitment. We are forever grateful and we will see you soon, Europe. ~WOH 📷 @callxmexkiller #flufffest2017 #flufffest

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You just toured Europe, we met at Fluff, please tell us again how this experience was in total for you?

I’m still struggling to find the words to explain how wonderful our experience was at Fluff Fest. I just got the chills thinking about it again. I had no idea what to expect in terms of how people would react to Wake of Humanity. I knew we’d likely be appreciated more in Europe than in the states but the reaction we got blew my mind. Fluff was one of the top two shows I’ve ever played in my life (Bandung, Indonesia was incredible way back in 2000). I felt so much love and appreciation.
The overwhelming sense of community and belonging I sensed at Fluff Fest is hard to explain but I think those who have attended Fluff can totally understand. I always knew it was cool and I always wanted to go. I had no idea my first time would be fronting a band. That made it all the more amazing because I absolutely love being in Wake of Humanity and travelling with my friends to do this. So many people from all over the world, so many bands from so many different genres of punk/hardcore/metal gathered in a field, eating amazing vegan food, swimming in the lake/pool and dancing until the sun comes up. Fuck, that’s some pretty amazing punk rock utopian shit, if you ask me.

Any significant differences you noticed at shows and in the scene between the US and Europe?

Yes, there seems to be much more appreciation in Europe than in the US. I think folks in the US take bands for granted and a lot of people in the US do not listen to a lot of hardcore from anywhere besides their own country. It was striking how well we were taken care of by promoters and hosts in Europe. We were always fed really well and provided healthy food. Never once did we have an issue with eating on this tour. We always had places to stay and I was blown away by the reaction we received at shows, especially Fluff Fest. I was surprised people knew the words to our songs, sang along, danced and did stage dives. I was not expecting that.

It also seems as though there is way more a commitment to animal rights and environmentalism in Europe than in the US. It was nice to see so many people from many different underground music genres connected to and passionate about these causes. Small pockets of that exist in the US but it seemed more prevalent in Europe.

Please share with us a great memory from a great place with great food and people!

This is easy as Wake of Humanity is very food motivated. The first meal we had in Prague was at Loving Hut and it was amazing. Shortly after arriving, us and Safe and Sound hit that place up and we were excited to find that they had a buffet. I had been texting with Claudio of Sendero and we were trying to meet up for the first time. It turns out they were already at Loving Hut, sitting around the corner so we joined them. Like 15-20 of us all in there eating amazing vegan food. That was a great memory and then to see Kurt from Catalyst Records made those Life. Loving Hut. Regret. shirts was amazing. I can’t remember if he was there or not for that first meal but I have no regrets. There were also multiple meals at Fluff that were unforgettable. Sitting on the grass with old friends and new, eating the days special and just sharing an amazing time. Those were really special meals even if some of them were just quick encounters.

Which music was spinning in the van while touring?

The new Lana del Rey. Like, almost exclusively. Each and every one of us downloaded it the day it came out. I’m a big fan of not listening to hardcore while on tour. I listened to a lot of other stuff like Drab Majesty, Sisters of Mercy, Lorde, Julien Baker, Nothing, AFI, The Cure, Alkaline Trio, Samiam, a ton of Jawbreaker (favorite band), and I rocked the new Gatecreeper a lot. So, I guess not just Lana exclusively. Jeremy listened to Damnation a.d. and Integrity 2000 a lot. Max listened to the Chris Colohan discography most likely and Mike really got into that new Lana. We talked about that record every day. It was different than most tours. We all listened to stuff individually on earphones and only rocked the stereo a little.    

Which bands on tour made a huge impact on you when you saw them live (maybe even for the first time – from the Americas and Europe)?

Woodwork was absolutely incredible. I love their most recent record and to play with them two times was great. I loved the pre-fluff show with them because it was in a more intimate environment and they were so powerful. I love everything they are about.

Probably the most powerful impact was made by Modern Love, for several reasons. First, their drummer Even and I had followed each other on social media for some time but had never met in real life. Shortly before we left for Europe I realized he played in Modern Love and this was exciting to me. It was great meeting him and seeing Modern Love play twice. Their show at Fluff Fest was amazing. I really admire the passion and love that Erik their sing brings to the stage. Some of the stuff he was saying about community and punk in general really gave me the chills. His emotion was amazing and I really liked what they were doing musically as well.

I feel fortunate that we got to play so many shows with Sendero from Santiago, Chile. They came so far to tour and they are such talented musicians, passionate humans and great people overall. Now we are all fiends and we are planning more shows and scheming tours. This is one of the many things I love about the hardcore scene and even more so because of the international connections made with likeminded individuals and bands that we would have not otherwise played with if it wasn’t for the European tour.

In 5 words, about each band, describe your tour buddies Safe and Sound, Sendero and Heatseeker!

We loved playing multiple shows with all of these bands.

Safe and Sound: Fuck, who’s bag is that?
Sendero: Best band we toured with.
Heatseeker: Heavy ass youth crew jams!

It’s on your drum set, but what exactly is VEGAN POWER to you?

Honestly, I love being vegan and that feeling is very powerful and empowering for me. I get a better sense of self-worth in this world knowing the decisions I make regarding the food I ingest, the products I use, the clothes I wear and companies I support has a positive effect on non-human animals.
For the band, I think we are all feel similarly. Painting that stencil on the bass drum was kind of an accident. We had this lyric to a new song we were writing and it was something kind of ignorant along the lines of “Fuck Your Death Ritual.” Max was going to put that on the bass drum but we didn’t have enough room so he put “Vegan Power” instead.

Why is it more important to STAY vegan than just GO vegan?

I think it’s related to a concept I mentioned earlier where people make, what seems to be a conscious decision to go vegan. That’s great but to truly make an impact I believe people need to stay vegan. Don’t sell out.

What is life going to be like for the band regarding the rest of 2017?

Our focus for the rest of 2017 is going to be on writing new songs to eventually have enough material to put out a full-length. Tentative working title is “Fight/Resist.” I don’t think we are going to play a ton of shows locally. Maybe a mini-tour here and there but we do have some cool shows and a few fests lined up throughout the remainder of the year. We had a lot of great song-writing momentum going before leaving for Europe so we hope to pick up right where we left off in that regard. I’m already thinking about, networking and scheming another European tour for summer, 2018. We really wanted to tour the US east coast in the fall but something we were working on fell through so we are content just writing and doing what we can to set ourselves up for success in 2018.


KAT

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.lgbtqia+ activist

.intersectional feminist

.vegan 2009

.straight edge 1998