Five Musicians You Probably Didn't Know Are Straight-Edge
Ben Weinman (center) with The Dillinger Escape Plan
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Here at Rocks Off we talk a lot about alcohol. We've celebrated the great drunken moments of rock stars and taken a look at those who sell their own brands of booze. There's a reason for that old sex, drugs, and rock and roll cliché.
It doesn't apply universally. though. The straight-edge genre of punk rock wouldn't exist otherwise. There are also plenty of stars who just abstain but don't adhere to the lifestyle or identify with the scene. How many of those would you guess in a lineup? Well, you might find yourself surprised to find out which rockers live a clean and sober lifestyle.
Henry Rollins Those familiar with Rollins' body of work probably know quite well that the man who sang (well, let's be honest, yelled) that he had "no time for drug addiction, [and] no time for smoke and booze" in a Rollins Band song all those years ago isn't a fan of the typical rock-star lifestyle.
That being said, if you ask an average person what they identify Rollins with, it's probably still singing about having a couple of brews in songs like "TV Party" and "Six Pack" as a member of Black Flag. Those songs, however, were written before Rollins joined the band. When he took his turn at writing lyrics, we got "Drinking and Driving" instead, a song even MADD would love.
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Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain) You'd probably think purveyors of vile, disgusting deathcore lyrics would live up to their words with their lifestyle. You'd be wrong. The Acacia Strain may have lyrics about murdering people left and right, but don't smoke or drink around front man Vincent Bennett who is straight-edge to the end.
Interestingly, the rest of the band is not. Bennett has said in interviews, however, that he's gotten used to their lifestyle, and even encouraged fans to hook the other members up with their necessary vices.
Tyler, the Creator Not many rappers are willing to come out as anti-drug, but Tyler the Creator isn't like other rappers. He's in a collective with members who have a sub-group called MellowHigh, with albums like Rolling Papers, but Tyler really lives that whole "above the influence" thing.
The de facto Odd Future leader is straight edge and doesn't let the lifestyles of his friends affect him. Since returning from his forced exile to Samoa, Tyler's compatriot Earl Sweatshirt has also quit smoking weed, though he hasn't identified as straight-edge yet.
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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta) The Mars Volta is a definitive drug band to a lot of people. Some could probably not even imagine listening to their music without weed or heavier psychedelics. At one point, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala would probably have agreed.
These days the hardest thing he touches is caffeine, and he has heavily criticized fans who listen to his music on drugs. He credits his conversion to Scientology for the change in attitude.
Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Like the Acacia Strain, the Dillinger Escape Plan has to make an interesting dichotomy work. Riff mastermind, songwriter and founding member Ben Weinman is straight-edge and vegan.
However, front man Greg Puciato isn't, which has caused some internal conflicts surrounding the public perception of the band. They've worked it out, though, and continue to kick ass. Just keep your smokes and drinks away from the guitarist.
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