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Make Do and Mend Singer on the Death of Bin Laden and the Rock Star Life

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For James Carroll, frontman for punk rockers Make Do and Mend, the assassination of Osama bin Laden was both a significant moment in history as well as a complicated issue to process.

The band found out about the success of the mission to kill bin Laden after playing a gig in Birmingham, Alabama. Like most of us, the band members watched the news unfold on television. “We’re not a political band by any means,” Carroll tells Noisecreep. “We all have very personal opinions and we all have a very personal take on world events, but it’s not something that we’d ever really preach or place on someone else.”

“Of course it’s a good thing that someone who has hurt a lot of people and who is not necessarily the nicest guy in the world can’t do that anymore. Watching on TV [the] people gathering en masse, waving their American flags is sort of like… just chanting ‘USA!’ — well, they probably aren’t even exactly sure why [they’re doing it],” Carroll says, slowly. “It’s a little bit tough to watch, considering as even-keeled, even-headed Americans, we like to think we have a pretty firm grasp on what is going on and a pretty firm grasp of what is right and what is wrong, so to see other Americans sort of making it a spectacle of themselves… as a result of something that shouldn’t necessarily be celebrated…” Here Carroll trails off, trying to gather his thoughts on an issue that clearly brings up a lot of conflicting ideas.

Not everything is so complicated, of course. Make Do and Mend create a mix of punk and straight-ahead rock that easily crosses genres and age boundaries. The band is currently touring behind their new album ‘End Measured Mile.’

“It’s been really great, playing to a lot of people each night and a young crowd which we’re not used to. That’s a cool thing — a nice thing — to be able to play for people we wouldn’t usually play for, and do our best and win them over as well as possible.”

Carroll says Make Do and Mend are definitely a band for 20-somethings, but are excited to expand their horizons to all age demographics. Plus, as time marches on, he feels the band is finally hitting a stride when it comes to touring. While the band members continue to juggle regular jobs, tours are becoming more frequent, and life more hectic. While it is chaos to juggle a regular job and now constant touring, Carroll says he wouldn’t have it any other way. Of course, some of the rock star life he could do without.

“I personally am a very shy, very reserved person,” reveals Carroll. “When it comes to videos and pictures, I’m not all about it. I feel like I don’t belong anywhere within a 30 mile radius of a camera. Those sorts of things are not my cup of tea, but they come with the territory.”

Make Do and Mend will play Kentucky’s Krazy Fest later this month.

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