01/24/04 – 01/30/04

(This week’s answers provided by Corin)

Q: Last summer you toured the U.S. and even Mexico with Pearl Jam, a band that seems very different from yours. What led to this arrangement and were there any highlights from the tour you’d like to share with us?

A: We’ve been friends with Eddie Vedder for many years and he’s always been supportive of our band. Pearl Jam simply offered us the opening slot on their tour and we saw it as a challenge to play for an audience that had never heard our music. It was a very strange time to be on tour, right at the beginning of the war in Iraq, and we were playing in some of the more conservative cities in the country. Denver was the very first date on the tour, and of course I had to say something about being anti-war to a crowd made up of thousands of NORAD military base employees. On our first night, booed by 15,000, all right! But there were a few cheers too, and Ed went on to do the whole anti-Bush thing, so I was pretty sure we weren’t going to get fired. We ended up sort of bonding on the tour because of being peacenics and just enjoying each other’s music. By the end in Mexico City, Sleater-Kinney was doing the entire encore with Pearl Jam and just goofing off on stage in front of 20,000. I had a great time and I’m proud of how well Sleater-Kinney performed in the arena rock world. And my favorite PJ song is “Evolution”.

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Q: Who are your favorite writers and what are some of your favorite books?

A: Carson McCullers is one of my favorite writers, she wrote The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Clock Without Hands. She seems to write about the questions of life within the hearts of everyday people in the small town south. This year I read The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O’Toole and felt like I had made a friend for life. I also read “Geek Love” by Katherine Dunn and was blown away by both the writing and the story.

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Q: How do you balance the motherhood with the bandhood? Did you loose your voice while you were pregnant? And finally, what are your top 5 favorite ways to not be a “soccor mom”?

A: I think I take each situation as it comes and try to speak up for what I need. We’ve cut our tours down to usually no more than two weeks at a time. Touring is the most difficult aspect, as it’s really hard for me to be away from my son, but it’s also tricky to bring him on the road. I couldn’t do it without the understanding and support of my husband, Lance Bangs, and my bandmates. I didn’t lose my voice while being pregnant, but I did have a hard time catching my breath! 5 ways not to be a soccer mom? 1) Bring your kid to a peace march 2) Take your kid to a rock/music show – with headphones 3) Check out hipmama.com 4) Choose food other than McDonalds or fast food whenever possible 5) Don’t give up your own dreams when you become a mother

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Q: If you like the show the young Ones, which young one is your favorite?

A: I can still recite the line “I’ve got five minutes to the most important party in my life, and half the house has been wrecked by a gigantic sandwich!!!” – RICK. My best friend and I were obsessed with this show in middle school, I’m not sure why. Maybe it expressed teen angst and discomfort better than any of the bullshit on American TV.

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Q: TOURING

A: A lot of people wrote in and asked about our touring plans…stay tuned to our website, we’ve got plans for Spring 2004!!! See you soon I hope.