Lauren


Gateway Band?
Green Day/Blink-182/The Offspring/Less Than Jake were the first bands I listened to as a kid. The Filthy Lowdown is the local band that got me into the Pittsburgh punk scene.

Favourite Album Ever?
Less Than Jake – Hello Rockview

Guilty Pleasure?
I *hate* the term guilty pleasure! Outside of punk, I love listening to Kesha and I won’t let anyone make me feel bad about it because they think she’s too corporate or overproduced or whatever. It’s just fun music.

Favourite Gig?
A tie between seeing Frank Turner play a full set at a hotel bar (I was sitting next to him on a couch!) and seeing Rehasher and We Are The Union at this tiny dive bar in Philadelphia. I’m a sucker for really intimate shows.

Favourite Venue?
The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh. It has a capacity of maybe 200 people and no backstage area for bands, so they usually just hang out on the floor and talk to fans. I’ve seen Iron Chic, The Copyrights, Ray Bottlerocket, Punchline, and a bunch more there.

Silliest Thing Done For Punk Rock?
Mostly driving stupid distances to go to shows. I did have a dress custom-made out of a Less Than Jake shirt, so I guess that’s pretty silly. I like dresses.

What To Buy If I See You At A Gig?
A water is fine, I don’t like to drink much at a show (mostly because I grab a spot on the barrier and refuse to leave!). If a band has shirts printed in girl sizes, I’ll always buy one… but those are pretty rare, sadly.

Band You've Seen The Most?
Less Than Jake

Band You Wish You Could Have Seen?
It would have been Jawbreaker, but I just got tickets to see them at Riot Fest… hopefully they live up to expectations!

Other Interests?
I bake obsessively, do stupidly large (18,000+ pieces) puzzles, and fly quadcopters.

What Punk Rock Means To You?
Inclusivity and acceptance. So many of my non-punk friends try to make it seem like their lives are perfect, while my punk friends readily acknowledge how messy life can be. That kind of openness is freeing. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to walk into a venue any night of the week and see a number of friendly faces, people who get who I am and don’t judge me for my quirks. It’s the best. Plus, you know, rad music.

See the other members of the CPRW team here.