I used to live too much of my life worrying about what other people thought, ... My dark and introspective life was solitary. It was valid, (but now) I finally feel like I have a family. I'm integrated. My friends are really important to me, and they have a lot to do with why this record is so (expletive) cool.
It's gotten really blurry, ... When you ask, 'Are we creating a genre?' I don't know. We're just creating a party. I went to a gay bar in L.A. a few weeks ago and they were playing Interpol's 'Slow Hands.' A quarter of the guys were singing along, and there was some sort of kinky scene happening. I was like, 'This is really cool.' It's what I've been telling my record company all along: We need to promote those remixes to DJs, because the worlds aren't that far apart, anymore.
Maybe if I get off the road and stop playing with punk rock bands, there'll be a lot more records. It would probably involve me getting out of the conventional music business as we know it and heading more towards a self-sufficient, self-structured release-type thing. I wouldn't expect a regular label to keep up with the amount of stuff that I've got, or the amount of stuff I would have if I could just sit in a room and just write music.
It reset and mended my freshly damaged and distorted view of life, and made me recognize that this thing we call music, this primal expression that we reshape and refine and define ourselves with, is the gift I was given. The ability to communicate what others feel but cannot fully express, the passing down and around of songs and stories, from Pete Townshend to Joey Ramone to me, to the audiences who take the time and effort to support our work and give us a way to support ourselves -- I'm thinking this is what I am supposed to be doing.
Jeff Hudson started me on a path that was key, and as life goes on it's become a mantra to me. It's that you're born into a family, your family of origin, and you're stuck with it. Once I recognized that, it freed me up to have a different kind of family: a family of choice. The people I surround myself with, spend holidays with, look to for support and comfort and validation -- that's my family of choice.