“The video basically channels the same idea as the lyrics to the song: Life is flying by and you better grasp it while you can. That’s why we decided to do things like dance around in cemeteries, smash stuff and cause trouble.” —Band interview, via PureVolume
“Not Getting Any Younger” was released with “Thought It Couldn’t Be This Way” as a 7″ single by Penicillin Baby in 2014 via Jeffery Drag Records. The music video was directed by Western Medication’s Justin Landis.
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“[When I stopped drinking] I started to see how normalized alcohol use has become as a form of escape and self-medication. And then I realized I wasn’t that interested in hanging out with the same people anymore because the only thing we had in common was that we would drink together. I started to peel back the layers and be honest with myself about the way that I was living and the people I was surrounding myself with.
I’m not saying everybody that drinks is a fucking loser, but I think it does contribute to a lot of the oblivion in America. It definitely did for me. I mean, it’s insane to think that altered perception is, like, the norm, and people are not thinking about the effect that it’s having on them.” —Ron Gallo, via Billboard
“The feeling in my belly of living with but not loving you
It keeps me longer at the corner store
Smilin’ out of necessity, just showin’ teeth
To keep the peace, workin’ out
To induce sleep, so
As I happily avoid you…
When we were young we said one day
Honey,you and I, we’re gonna share a grave
I didn’t know it would come so soon
No, I didn’t know it would come so soon”
“I feel like I’m going to live. And even if I don’t live, then I wasn’t supposed to live. And I want everyone to know that I am a fighter, and I will never give up.” —Those Darlins’s Jessi Zazu
“Ain’t Afraid” is the closing track from Those Darlins’s 2013 Blur the Line LP.
“[Jessi] Zazu was a rock star in her hometown, but one completely free of attitude. She lifted up her peers and always welcomed newcomers. As an integral part of Southern Girls Rock Camp, she devoted herself to convincing girls that they could talk about anything, through music and also through visual art, her other medium. Small in stature, Jessi lived her message that creativity can make a person — especially a young woman — heroic, though she’d never use such a self-inflating term. Jessi was more playful and ever-curious, a 21st-century female version of Jack conquering the beanstalk — always climbing higher, killing giants, enlarging her worldview…
Fundamentally, she was a spark. She started things, connected people, lit the ignition in our sometimes tired minds and hearts. Her slogan was ‘Ain’t Afraid’ — and she wasn’t, because there was no darkness that her brilliance couldn’t cut through, or at least make light enough to live in. The fiery particle that was the gift she gave us will never burn out.” Ann Powers for NPR’s The Record
“Western Sky” is from Those Darlins’s 2013 Blur the Line LP.
“Before I felt defeated, because I had put so much energy into the band, and it was imploding. I didn’t think anybody heard what I had been trying to say all those years. But after the ‘Ain’t Afraid’ video, I realized people had heard me the whole time. They wrote me about how our music impacted their lives in a significant way. I don’t have words to say how much that meant to me.” —Those Darlins’s Jessi Zazu, via the Nashville Scene
“I want to instigate change, and I think there are subtle ways of doing that. If I tap too deeply into the culture, I can get this nihilistic viewpoint on things. Getting to a dark mental space is not hard for me, so sometimes I have to scale back and look at the flip side, which is my immediate neighborhood and the people around me. How are these people treating each other? How do they treat me? And then I get really inspired by that.” —Lilly Hiatt, via The Boot
“I think that whenever you make yourself vulnerable it’s empowering in a way. Some of our songs are about the worst parts of being in a relationship but something about writing it down and playing it live helps you heal and grow. I hope that young girls follow their hearts and never compromise.” Thelma and the Sleaze vocalist/guitarist L.G. (Lauren Gilbert), via Ladygunn
“Love will take you to the darkest places but also to the most honest places if you let it.” —Lilly Hiatt
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