Kids everyday say, ‘my parents divorced too’ or ‘I lost a parent too’, or ‘I have a heart problem or a health condition too’, ‘I had a drug problem too’. They can all relate to every bad thing that has happened in my life. And they can see that I’m still here. They can see that I’m not perfect but that I got out of all that. I went from being 16 years old and living alone with nothing, to being 17 and living in a car, to being 18 and doing this. Now I’m 26 and I have a cosy loft in North Hollywood and I play in a rock band for a living. Anyone who has gone through stuff can look at that and go, ‘Wow – if he can do it, then so can I’.
I did a signing recently and a girl started crying, saying, ‘I wouldn’t be here without you, your music has saved me’. And I said, ‘I wouldn’t be sitting right here if it wasn’t for you’. She said, ‘What do you mean?’ so I said, ‘Where would this band be without our fans?’ I am where I am in my life because of them. If I’m not going to give anything back to them, then who the fuck am I? We do care, and we do take the time to do that stuff. I do stuff on my time that people will never know about.
Austin Carlile on relating to Of Mice & Men Fans
Serial killer Richard Ramirez had an ear for heavy metal music, including bands like AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin, claiming the music helped motivate him and his crimes. As he cruised the freeway, hunting for his next victim, he liked to listen to AC/DC’s ‘’Night Prowler’’, for Richard felt that Satan inspired the band to write it as an anthem for him. He also claimed Billy Idol’s ‘’Flesh for Fantasy’’ reflected his feelings. Richard said he listened to heavy metal because it ‘’gave me a sense of well-being’’.