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Oct 9, 2017

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