2015 Straight Line Stitch interview with Alexis Brown
Knoxville’s Straight Line Stitch is perhaps a perfect example of perseverance. After a long struggle to complete their aptly titled and acclaimed The Fight of Our Lives album in 2011, the band began to see some overdue recognition for their talent and hard work. The album went to #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and the band made a well-received Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival run that year. Unfortunately, the momentum the band gained collapsed beneath the weight of struggles internally and externally. Over the next few years, the band experienced more line-up turnover than most bands experience in a career. When the dust settled, only vocalist and songwriter Alexis Brown and then bassist, now guitarist Jason White remained.
This week, Straight Line Stitch hit the road in support of its highly anticipated and long overdue EP Transparency which will be released June 30 through Pavement Entertainment. Alexis reached out to Metalholic after the band’s first show in Kansas, fighting the wind as she spoke, she offers us some insight into the road that led them to Transparency.
“I can tell you right off the bat, the journey was a living hell. The Fight of Our Lives we did really, really well as far as support; having the label and management. But there were cracks and everything just kind of imploded at one time. Before we knew it we were left with no management, no label and trying to find members to just keep going. That was hell in itself. But somewhere along the line we just kept up the belief that there’s gotta be a reason why we’re still around and people are asking us to not give up and continue to play music.”
Brown and White never gave up, though Alexis admits, there were moments they gave such craziness consideration. Ultimately, it was the support of the band’s loyal fans who pushed any ideas of giving up out of their heads and gave meaning to the struggle that became the new EP, Transparency.
“Transparency was born out of all that. We were testing the waters to see if people still cared. It was the light at the end of the tunnel as far as; can we do this by ourselves without any support? The EP is a testament to that that we have. If it wasn’t for the fans we would have thrown in the towel a long time ago. They are the reason why Straight Line Stitch is still functioning.”
Alexis took time to go through and give Metalholic a brief bit of back story on each of the EPs new songs, as well as new bassist Darren McClelland, and the making the video for the track “Human Bondage”. As a final question, given the oppression and depression she experienced over the last few years, we asked her if there was a particular song or album that always helped lift her back up when she is down:
“I would definitely have to say Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors album. There’s just something about that album. I think when I first played it I had to be like 10 or 12 or something like that. That album just does something to me. When I listen to it it automatically pulls me back to being that kid with the big dreams. It pushes me to keep pushing and move forward no matter what. Like ‘Don’t Stop’ (laughs).”
Check out the full interview with Alexis below.