“Stepping Out Of Line Forever”
This song was the first song written for Stomp and cliché enough, it was written on a porch of humble cabin looking over a small pond. American punk rock is often looked at as a phase in a teenager’s life, while in England and Europe being a Punk is a lifestyle and mentality that amounts to more than just a rebellious phase.
I look at today’s humanity for lower and middle class American’s as modern day slavery, while I would like to note that true slavery is obviously much, much worse. What I mean is today’s citizens have endless bills for things that they need if they want to keep up and stay competitive in society. Bills and debt chain us; we are controlled in this way.
By touring in Big D since the age of 18, I have been able to look at society from the outside and have been able to–in a sense–be free.
“Stepping Out Of Line Forever” is speaking about how the ideals of punk rock have been a gift for me and my personal freedom and is not just a simple phase of power chords, sweaty clubs, spit and broken glass. That is why I choose writing songs and living on the road over having a DVD collections and assimilating completely. “Stepping Out Of Line Forever” talks about sticking up for yourself in these controlled / missing the point of humanity times.
This tune is one of my all-time favorite songs to have been a part of. It is in my top 5 proudest creations ever. Its core message is: Stop moaning and judging others from afar and just simmer down and join in the fun. Life is short and can be badass if you simply stop overthinking. So go on and get into it already.
If Refused & The Commitments had a child it would sound a lot like “Young Suckers.” I enjoy making songs with scene changes, going from one scene, to then cross cut into a completely different scene, like screenplay writing.
Working with The Doped Up Dollies is always a great time. I’m drawn to putting sassy schoolyard rhymes to heavy powerful music, because I feel the juicy core of the youth (meaning under the age of 13) has more UMPH then adults remember. Little kids are unabashed and know what it’s all made of, so when you put their vibe to slamming drums, well then I feel you truly are able to then capture how they hear and view things. Young Suckers is an explosive lollipop.