[Pictures from "Ladies Night" at Vermont House, May 23, 2009, LA]
"This house has a weird propensity for not getting shut down. The neighborhood is full of people who are either OK with it, or they're real criminals. Like really, really bad. We live next door to basically a whorehouse crack den. They are not nice people and they kind of absorb most of the police action. I mean, who are they going to bust, the gangbangers or sweet indie nerds? New levels of patience have definitely developed within me from living in Silent Barn. It's not for everyone, but this is what making art is all about... I'm constantly inspired by this house and the people who come through it. With a venue that's also a house, there's this intimacy between the audience and the band. People are more comfortable, there aren't security guards yelling at you. It makes sense that people seek out this kind of thing even though it's filthy and crazy. All the residents in the house have rooms with doors we can close, but the walls are pretty thin. I've slept through the loudest shows imaginable. It kind of turns into this white noise thing and ends up being weirdly soothing. When everything gets really crazy, there's actually a plateau of craziness that's reached that sort of lulls me to sleep."
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