Flint Eastwood is currently in Australia for a few performances at Mardi Gras’ Fair Day (last weekend), Secret Garden (this weekend) and Farmer & The Owl (March 2nd), and she’ll also be doing a few sideshows in Melbourne & Sydney next week which I think you should go check out if you’re around.
I’ve been really digging her recent ep ‘This Is A Coping Mechanism for A Broken Heart’, and I thought it would be a good time to check in and tell her just that, and also ask where her love of music began.
“Relient K – ‘Two lefts don’t make a right, but three do’
I had just started middle school. I grew up in an extremely religious household, almost to a cult extent. We went to church almost every day of the week & I wasn’t allowed to listen to Christian music that wasn’t approved by my church (oh, how times change). I’m sure you’ve noticed, but most Christian music sounds painfully similar & to me, even at the time, extremely unbearable. That’s where Relient K comes in…
Every Saturday night, at 1am, a local tv station (Channel 38) would play an hour of music, and that’s where I first heard Relient K. I was hooked instantly. They were the first band I listened to that didn’t include repulsively clean choirs & generically religious lyrics. They used symbolism & descriptors. They painted graphic picture with their words (something I try do to) and damn could they write a catchy hook. They wrote about more than just love. They wrote about the rooms the love happened in & how pointless college is & fear & loneliness & having to pay taxes & things my middle school heart had never experienced.
Hate it or love it, this album was huge for me when I was a kid.” – Flint Eastwood