Christopher Hall and Walter Flakus of Stabbing Westward jump in the Mazda 3 for conversation before taking the stage at Metro to headline Cold Waves 2017 at Metro.
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Here’s what we talked about:
- “We were not considered (the cool band in Chicago in the 90s)”
- Die Warzau’s role in helping Stabbing Westward in the early days
- Christopher’s lingering issues that need to be worked out on stage
- Cold Waves and the issue of depression as it relates to artists
- The importance of Wax Trax Records!
- What Ed Sheeran accomplished that Christopher Hall should have done instead
- Relationship advice: Stay broken up forever.
- The initial split: “The music industry was collapsing around us… and we did not like each other any more.”
- The schism between Walter and Christopher toward the end of the band’s first run
- The simple pleasures of blow jobs and IPA beer
- The tragedy that brought Christopher and Walter back together
- Is the Dreaming still a band? And why are they like Tones on Tail?
- Starting a new band is like selling blenders at Costco
- Christopher is a fan of the Mazda 3’s interior
- Stabbing Westward’s delayed gratification White Castle experience