Soda Citizen: Lindsey Vidal, back from church retreat with pink hair

January 07, 2017  •  252 Comments

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Sean: Everybody is talking about snow on Saturday. What are you gonna do if it snows?
Lindsay Vidal: I hope all my appointments cancel so I can sit at my house with [my roommate’s dog] and my two cats and eat snacks all day.

SR: Tell me a bout a record from the 1990s. Maybe a story about how it related to your personal life.
LV: The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the nineties - it’s so stereotypical. I went through a phase when I was about 12 where I was obsessed with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt. That was the first time I ever colored my hair and so it opened the door to many things. I wanted to do make-up and I was obsessed with Gwen Stefani. So, I went on a church retreat and I come from this super conservative religious household. My dad was a youth pastor. At the time I was living in a small town in Pennsylvania called Effort and about twenty minutes from Effort there is college town called East Stroudsburg and at the college campus they were having an annual youth Christian retreat. I remember we had a free break time in the afternoon and I walked to Sally Beauty Supply and I bought bleach and Manic Panic and in the middle of the night when I everyone was sleeping I bleached my hair and died my hair pink and when I came home from the weekend I had bright pink hair and I thought my parents were going to lose their minds. And then my mom was like, “Oh, it looks cool!” And that was it. I just remember that being my real first rebellion with my hair.

SR: So what album was that?
LV: That would have been Tragic Kingdom.

SR: Take two different band names with a common word phrase, like they do on that NPR show, and created a new band name. For example, “The Grateful Dead Milkmen.”
LV: Judas Priestess

SR: If you could swap the playing surfaces between two sports what would they be. Who would you you make play on what?
LV: I don’t know much about sports but If I could switch - I would make soccer teams play on a hockey rink and see how that goes. I think that would be really entertaining.

SR: What’s the worst pizza topping?
LV: People love pineapple but I’m not big on it as a pizza topping. I love pineapple. I love pizza. But I don't love them together.

SR: What is your dream vehicle.
LV: I would love to have a big RV where I could travel around the country and soup it up I could do hair in it. Maybe have a little boutique. I found one for sale recently, but I’m not at that time in my life. One day.

SR: Tell me about something good going on in Columbia.
LV: I love everything going on at Tapps. My friend Ahomari was doing on project called Cyberbae for a while and they played there a few times. That was really, really good. Now they are playing in band called Loamers and they’ve played there a few times as well. I just like how they are putting together these mixed genre shows. It seems like they’re open and excited.
We played there back in the spring and it was a really great experience all around. We brought in a band from Australia and it was a really good reception and people were excited to see a touring band that’s traveling around the world. I don’t know, it’s just an energy that they have. Energy and positivity. All the art there that I’ve seen has been pretty cool. They do all kinds of stuff there now. The last time the was [an exhibit with] garments made out of trash. And before that there was a nature exhibit that was really nice. There have been some shows that stand out in my mind. There’s a band called Lull and they did a show there and it was really good. There’s just been a lot of shows there that have stood out in my mind over the last year.

SR: What was your dream job when you were in elementary school?
LV: Doing hair and makeup has always been a dream job, but also when I was a kid I said I wanted to be a starving artist and never work and I just wanted to do art.

SR: If a horse with wings is called a Pegasus, what is a cow with wings called?
LV: I feel like it should be something with bovine. Like a “Devine Bovine,” a flying cow.

SR: What was your favorite board game when you were a kid?
LV: I used to love playing Life with my dad because he was such a jerk but in a hilarious way. He would always cheat.

SR: How do you cheat at Life?
LV: I know, right? Exactly. He would figure out a way to cheat. I feel like he was teaching me life lesson.

SR: It’s not going to be fair, someone is going to cheat and you’re going to lose?
LV: Yes. I remember everyone would fight over the $100,000 salary card. I think he marked that card so he knew when to pull it.



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