Blah blah blah...
I was an asshole when I was still vegan and Straight Edge, people. Me being rude and fighting isn't some new revelation since I've started drinking... ask around — I do have a reputation and I'm not afraid to live up to it. If anything, I was probably MORE of an obnoxious asshole 10 years ago when I was Mr. Uber-Edge. As for you, xWendelx... if you were there in Mexico that night and were so upset by me, why didn't you say something then? Why have you chosen to air out your dirty laundry on a message board? Didn't think it'd get back to me? Scared that I would have punched you in the fucking mouth? Luckily, one of my good friends, who is very Straight Edge, actually showed this thread to me. So, now... here I get to sit and read all about the lies of my life by a bunch of self-righteous children who don't even know my middle name, phone number, or birthday. Seems real impersonal and very inaccurate if you ask me.
<i><b>"...not for you, not for them, just for me."</b></i>
Yeah, my band said that and I still believe in those words... today, more than ever. Straight Edge, to me, has always been a personal commitment made through a personal choice for self-improvement. I never chose to be a part of some "true til death" scene, I never committed to anyone other than myself... I was merely Straight Edge because I wanted to be and had to be to get me through a certain part of my life. If dudes are bitter because I "sold out", that's ridiculous, childish and cliche. Have some faith in yourselves before you start following the faith of someone else. Sit down with me for more than 2 minutes and you'll see I still have nothing but the utmost respect for Straight Edge and those who adhere to it. My time was up, I didn't care anymore... so I stopped. Plain and simple. I'm not a fake, never have been, so I'm not going to claim Straight Edge when I no longer care for it and it no longer has a meaningful impact on my life. End of story.
To quote my man, Human Furnace;
<i><b>"I'd rather be hated for what I am, than to be loved for what I am not."</b></i>
As far as DNA, it's never had anything to do with Straight Edge, vegetarianism, veganism, moshing, or any other hardcore related scene... never will. I am still DNA and will be DNA until the day that I die. You people have no idea what you are talking about, so please leave my family out of it before it becomes a real issue. Straight up!
About me playing Earth Crisis and Path songs on stage. They too are family to me and certain members of my DNA family play in Path. Straight Edge or not, I will always support and love those bands. Here's a question for you — what if JD, or Scott Crouse played a Madball riff on stage? Would that make them any LESS Straight Edge because the riff was written by somebody who wasn't Straight Edge? It's no different than me playing 'The Discipline' on stage. You people are clutching at straws trying to find reasons to bash and discredit me for no longer caring. Give me a break... grow the fuck up. It's an inevitable fact of life that people will and DO change. Maybe once you experience life outside of the moshpit and internet, you'll come to learn that. Until then, I'll play every Earth Crisis song ever written on stage as well as every Another Victim and The Promise song if I feel like it... just to spite you mother fuckers. It's music... the one thing that is SUPPOSE to bring us all together. Remember?
Nick Jett is still Straight Edge. Again, you don't know what you're talking about.
If anyone has something more to say, feel free to talk TO ME about it. You know where to find me at any given day, it's not hard.
If not — firstname.lastname@example.org
— use it wisely.
...and don't think if I see you loud mouth, brave behind the computer screen bitches you're safe.
You wanna treat me like a fool, I'll treat you like a fool... Straight Edge, or not.