[Editor’s Note: After Brent’s departure from the band, The Agony Scene’s Brian Hodges clarified that Brent does not speak for the band in his negative assessment of Tulsa.]
Doug: In your bio – and even during Mike’s RoadRage interview with us earlier this year – you lament the music scene where you’re from. Where was it that you grew up where the music scene was so bad?
Brent: [laughs] I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “The asshole of America.”
Doug: So there’s really like 10 bands there and no other metal bands?
Brent: Oh yeah, honestly, no. There’s like…I don’t even know… We just did a home show there not that long ago and I had a hard time. I couldn’t think of even one band that was a heavy band to play. It took me three weeks to find three bands to open the show. There’s a good example for you there. That’s the thing – in a big city you’d probably have to turn a lot of people down.
Doug: How much did that affect getting noticed and picked up by a label, coming from such a musical void?
Brent: I don’t know how it really worked on the industry-end, but on our end I think it kinda made us feel pressure to work a lot harder. ‘Cause most people don’t expect anything to come out of the asshole of America like that. You don’t expect a metal band that’s worth listening to to come from Oklahoma. I know if I was from New York City or LA or something, and I got a demo from Tulsa, Oklahoma, I’d just probably start laughing, you know. [laughs] So I definitely think it made us feel like we had a lot more to prove.