Winds of Plague’s Kristen Randall Doesn’t Mind Being 28 and Homeless
“I like to move every few years to challenge myself,” Winds of Plague keyboardist and star of this year’s ‘Girls of Century Media’ pinup-themed calendar told Noisecreep. “I get antsy in one spot and feel stuck and want to start all over and see what I can do, starting from scratch. Not everyone can do that–leave a place where they are comfortable and go somewhere else where they don’t know anyone and don’t have a job. I have been doing that since I was 18.”
Indeed, most people settle into the comfort zones of their life and resist change and uprooting, but Randall thrives on it.
“I’m from Milwaukee, but I’ve lived in Orlando, where I went to college for recording arts, since I wanted to be an audio engineer and producer,” she recalled. “Then I went to Atlanta, Cleveland, Orange County and then to Richmond, Virginia. Now I’m in the L.A.-area. I’ve been homeless for two years. I tell some people that, but a lot of band people are homeless, since we’re always on the road, so the logic is why spend money on an apartment you never live in? I don’t have enough money to live in California on my own, so I figure it out and have been figuring it out for the past few years. I bounce around because I can’t afford anything. I am homeless and 28-years-old, but I do want to live somewhere. Yet I don’t mind because being in a band means I have to live like this and I love nothing more than getting on stage, performing and seeing kids react to our music so I am okay with being sorta homeless!”
While she is couch-surfing, and happily so, Randall deems Atlanta her favorite of all her recent “homes” of the last decade. “I love the South,” she said. “Growing up in Milwaukee, I can say, the Midwest is friendly, but the South is like that, times 100. The hospitality, the accents, the food… I love it all.”
Winds of Plague’s ‘The Great Stone War’ is out August 11 on Century Media.