There's an inherent thing in me where, if things are going too smooth, I'll sabotage the hell out of them, just to make the music more of a sanctuary.
I try to stay positive by focusing on how much I'll appreciate my health if I get better.
I have never had a social life, don't ever want one because it's boring. I'm just not very good with people, and you meet people every night who expect you to be this rock star with these developed social skills, which I don't have.
I am doing everything humanly possible to try and get well, but lately things have just kept getting worse.
Reactive arthritis is something I've been dealing with for nearly a year.
It makes it hard to get over a certain period of your life when you are constantly revisiting it every night.
When we first began and I was 14, my influences were the stuff that was in my parent's record collection like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
We were really motivated to do something with this record overseas, even though I hate touring.
I have a theory because I was being beaten up a lot by people outside of school, it was almost like if I could make myself sick enough they'd take sympathy on me.
I'm always active in trying to educate people when it comes to eating animal products, testing on animals, and the health benefits of being vegan, although I'm probably not the best person to be talking about the latter at the moment.
I wrote... Neon Ballroom in that time where I hated music, really everything about it, I hated it.
I'm lucky the arthritis happened at the time that it did because of the record.
So I went and visited a doctor and he diagnosed me with reactive arthritis.
I had to try and find a way to express happiness without sounding corny.
The touring for this album was definitely going to be the most intense touring we've done.
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