da873623c98928185f5fee6ee4eb4d49

Evvol's Julie Chance: 'As a closeted lesbian in Dublin, life wasn't easy. Then I found heroin' | Musique Non Stop

da873623c98928185f5fee6ee4eb4d49

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Evvol's Julie Chance: 'As a closeted lesbian in Dublin, life wasn't easy. Then I found heroin'

As the dark wave duo prepare their new EP, their founder explains her journey from heroin addiction to touring with her musical hero

Let me tell you about the moment I arrived on planet earth, the moment I discovered my sole life purpose. I was 15, standing in the middle of a dance floor in a dingy Dublin night club called the Pink Elephant, Atlantic Oceans’ Waterfall was pounding through the sound system and I was coming up on my very first pill. I smiled broadly at all my new best mates, and thought, ‘It doesn’t get better than this.’ I made a decision that from this point onwards, I would go forth and dance and take as many drugs as possible, because that was what God intended me to do. And that’s pretty much what I did for the next 10 years.

But let’s take it back to the start. As a young closeted lesbian growing up in Dublin in the early 90s, life was not easy. I was so far in the closet that I couldn’t even admit to myself that I could possibly be attracted to girls. The shame I carried around was so overwhelming that I think my brain must have buried it deep in my subconscious just to protect itself from blowing up. Nobody talked about gay people and definitely nobody talked about lesbians. These words weren’t in our vocabulary yet, well not in mine anyway.

Related: My heroin addict friend: thrown in jail, a rebound in rehab – now Shelly has hope

Related: New band of the week: Evvol (No 44)

Continue reading...
by Julie Chance via Electronic music | The Guardian