Faye: Are you straight edge?
James: Yeah, I firmly believe you can be straight edge and gamble a lot. I mean, Bane was a straight edge band for a while, their singer was straight edge and they have songs that mention poker and gambling and all that stuff. Gambling has definitely made my life better, sometimes it’s made me want to kill myself, but for the most part, it’s made it a lot better. I wouldn’t say gambling is abusing my mind whatsoever. So, I consider myself as straight edge as you can get.
Faye: Why are you straight edge?
James: Because I tried drinking and smoking at a young age, and I wasn’t really into it, but a lot of people I was around were and then I somehow stumbled into a hardcore show and learned about it from there. My dad’s an alcoholic, well, he’s a recovering alcoholic and I’ve seen him at his worst, and I knew I never wanted to be like that, so I just want to be as far away from that stuff as possible. Plus, I see the dudes I’m in a band with and they’re all drunk all the time – no disrespect to them, because I love them, they’re my best friends, but when I see our guitarist retardedly drunk, I just thank God I’m straight edge. [laughs] I mean, it’s all in good fun.

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1. Standing on two feet
2. Kept out
3. Different direction
4. Another way back
5. Paused progress

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1. Retrace The Lines
2. Welcome To The Pound
3. The Roots Of Evil
4. Organized Crimes
5. Deal With The Devil
6. Drawn Back To Misery

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1. The Worst of Both Worlds
2. Life's Plan
3. Too Close
4. Violent Split
5. The Greater Good
6. Scratch The Past
7. Darker Half
8. Hard To See
9. Erase The Rat
10. Enough To Know
11. Soul Sucker
12. Red Handed
13. Retrace The Line
14. Drawn Back To Misery
15. The Roots of Evil
16. Welcome To The Pound
17. Deal With The Devil
18. Organized Crimes
19. Standing On Two Feet
20. Kept Out
21. Different Direction
22. Another Way Back
23. Paused Progress

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