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If I told you I pulled for Bama, would you hold it Against Me!

Yes, I would.

Politics is one thing. Andrew Seward knows that most every person who digs his band voted for Obama – Rolling Stone doesn’t call you “the definitive punk band of the Bush-Cheney era” for nothing. He knows he can be open about Hope and Change, right, right, right.

But football is something else. People care care about football, even fans of his band — sure, maybe not many in their uber-punk, No Idea Records, no-one-cares hometown of Gainesville (which for the sake of let-me-hurry-up-with-this argument I will imagine as still mostly split along traditional lines of jock vs. punk hostility).

But Andrew grew up in Huntsville. When Against Me! plays the Heart of Dixie, he knows to try to keep his colors neutral.

Kill Devil Hills and pal in 2002 at the Bo Jackson House, ready to head out.
At the show at The Green Bean the night before: Andrew is accosted by Auburn Volleyball legend B. McCarley, who hold's the school record for kills (526), if you know what I mean.

Still… I’d heard rumors, even thought I heard a “War Eagle” between songs a time or two when his old band Kill Devil Hills played Auburn (and eleven, ten, nine years ago, they played here a lot)… but every out-of-town band goes all when-in-Rome on “Sweet Home Alabama” during sound check, I mean, right? (KDH was from Murphreesboro, by the way- he went to MTSU.)

So I just flat out told him — there was just no way I was going to be able to pick up their latest album, White Crosses, without knowing for certain how he bled, when and if he bled.

Me: So spill – who is it?

Andrew: I’m not pickin’ sides.

Me: Oh, come on…  give me an Iron Bowl memory, take a shot at Saban… something!

Andrew: Well, we’ll put it this way… growing up in Huntsville, the people who went to college… all the assholes went to Bama. All my friends went to Auburn.

Me: War Eagle.

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Originally posted June 10, 2010.

About Jeremy Henderson

Jeremy Henderson is the editor of The War Eagle Reader and co-host of Rich and Jeremy in the Mornings on Wings 94.3 FM in Auburn. Follow him on Twitter: @wareaglereader / @jerthoughts / @RichandJeremy

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