Now that things have settled down in the Ockym’s Razyr camp and everything is getting back to normal, I thought it was time to sit down for a one-on-one chat with the man of the hour: bassist Matt Vance.
The Audible Stew: So the last time I saw you was as you were leaving the intervention. Did you head straight up to rehab from there?
Matt Vance: No. Actually, I left the intervention in a blind rage and went out and got drunk.
AS: Really? They just let you leave?
MV: No, I had to sneak out a window. But then I went to the bar and got hammered. Just falling down, pissing-on-myself drunk. Then I ran into a mailbox… or was it a telephone pole? I think I ran over a mailbox and then a telephone pole.
AS: Wow. So was that what convinced you to enter treatment?
MV: Actually it was the judge that convinced me to enter treatment. When your choice is a year in jail or two months in treatment it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, my dad had already paid for rehab.
AS: You were only sentenced to two months up there? But you stayed for about a year.
MV: Yeah, things were going pretty well. I took a long hard look at where my life was heading while I was down here and decided that it was really going nowhere. So I decided to stay up there and try to be useful for a while.
AS: So what was life like?
MV: It was pretty cool. You start out on lock down and not really able to go anywhere, but after the first two months when you go all the way through the program you’re allowed free rein. I managed to get a job and a…
AS: Wait. What? Did you just say you got a job?
MV: Yeah, man. I got a job and a…
AS: Where did you get a job? You haven’t worked in the entire time I’ve known you.
MV: I worked at a Wendy’s up there. I made my way up to assistant manager in only 6 months. Plus I had a…
AS: Hold on (pause). I’m just going to need a minute to let that sink in. OK. I’m back. Well, it sounds like you were doing pretty well up there. What made you move back?
MV: Things just started going south. My girlfriend broke up with me…
AS: WHAT!? Holy crap! You had a girlfriend too?
MV: Yeah, that’s what I was trying to tell you. I had a girlfriend and a job. Things were going pretty well.
AS: What was wrong with her? Was she an amputee? No, that couldn’t be it. I’ve known plenty of attractive amputees…
MV: She was a recovering heroin addict.
AS: OK. Now it makes sense. I’m still not sure anyone else is going to believe this. Have you told any of the other guys?
MV: Yeah, they had a hard time believing it too. They weren’t as big of dicks as you though. I don’t see what the big deal is. I met this girl up there, I got a good job, I got sober.
AS: So how long have you been sober?
MV: Going on 13 months.
AS: Cool. Congratulations. It’s like a whole new you. Are you feeling good?
MV: Yeah, I talked to the guys about getting the band going again and I think I’m ready. I was in a pretty dark place before I came down here. Lindsay dumped me for some other guy. I was passed over for a promotion. It just seemed like the time was ripe for change.
AS: Well, we’ve covered a lot of ground in this interview Matt. It feels like I’m talking to a different person than I met all those years ago. I wish you luck in your future endeavors.
MV: Thanks man. I’m feeling strong and I’m confident I’m going to stay sober for a long time.
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