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Straight Edge Interview Project: Sam Carter, 35 yrs old, Forest of Dean UK, she/her

Tell us about yourself! Hobbies, jobs, passion projects, interests?

Running, swimming, hiking, hairdressing, baking, tattoos

What are you listening to these days?   (does not have to be hardcore)   What are some of your favorite bands and/or podcasts?

H2O, against me! The interrupters, The Distillers, the specials, bikini kill, hole

What’s your straight edge story?

I claimed sXe in 2014. I used to drink a lot and I’m a horrible drunk. I had known of the sXe scene because a lot of punk bands I’ve been into sing about it. And sXe and veganism go hand in hand. And it just made sense. I’ve not looked back.

How do you define straight edge

Straight edge is more than being sober. It’s a punk mentality. I don’t think you can be fluid. You’re either edge or not.I can’t see me ever breaking edge. I love being clear-headed and I have no desire to drink anymore.

True or False: “If you’re not now, you never were”? If you were once straight edge and now you are back,  what happened?  What brought you back? How has your relationship with straight edge evolved?

I don’t think you can dip in and out when you feel like it. But alcohol and drugs are addictive and sometimes things can’t be helped. I don’t think you can have “day off” on purpose.

Over the past decade or so individuals in recovery have stumbled upon straight edge, and it has really spoken to them.  Do you feel that the straight edge community has been, and should be welcoming to those in recovery?    

Absolutely. It’s much easier to stay committed to anything when you’re part of a community.

Have you ever felt that your gender has influenced your experience in the “straight edge and/or hardcore scene”.   If so, how?  Have you had negative/positive experiences?

Other women I’ve met in the scene have been the most amazing, friendly, cool awesome women I know.

Do you feel that the straight edge movement/scene is inclusive?  What are things that can be done to make it more inclusive?  What sort of changes would you like to see

I think this is subjective. As a white woman, I feel welcomed by the community.

Has being straight edge had an impact on your relationships (family, friends, significant others). If so how would you characterize that impact?

When I stopped drinking I stopped seeing a lot ‘friends’ as it turned out alcohol was all we had in common.

There’s an ongoing debate on whether one can be straight edge without being a part of the music scene, what are your thoughts on this?

To me; straight edge is punk rock.

Mother, wife, small business owner.

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