Our first song was literally called LEAVE ME ALONE. I can’t think of any more appropriate punk rock song for three curmudgeonly teenagers to write and play, with conviction and no sense of irony. What does any teenager want more than to be left alone? For me there was nothing more important than gaining autonomy and finding ways to express myself.
The words were, “Leave me alone, leave me alone, leave me alone, leave me alone” ad nauseum. Ok sure, it’s not “how many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man” but it has its merit! I’m still pretty proud of that song. It took us one minute to write it, we played it once, and we were a fucking band! We were House!
We still are. I’m really proud of that. We each have a gift – besides just our gift of musical appreciation – we have a gift of loyalty to one another, to our music, and to leaving one another alone when necessary. It’s not easy to find friends who will leave you alone when you need it!
I supposed we had some punk rock inspiration in Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop and Patti Smith, but we really tried to shy away from mainstream punk acts like The Ramones and The Sex Pistols. Part of it was the desire to avoid mainstream altogether and part of it was a conscious attempt to be more learned in our tastes.
My parents have come to see us perform and looking out across the crowd and seeing them, clearly uncomfortable but faking it, made me very very proud!