Every so often, we take a little time on Mondays to pay tribute to the Muthas! That is, reprinting the adorable metal/maternal Q&As that run in the magazine. Today, enjoy Justin Norton’s chat with Wendy Phillips, mutha of Sebastian and Harley Phillips of Noisem, in issue 125 from March 2015 (out of print but still available digitally).
Can you tell us more about yourself?
I am 37 years old. I was a teenage parent. I graduated high school while working to support myself and Sebastian, along with my husband, Sebastian and Harley’s dad Tony. I have dedicated most of my time to being a stay at home mom until the boys were older.
How did you raise your sons? Were they easy to parent or a handful?
I raised my boys to be themselves. Sebastian always wanted to be in the spotlight and was very active. At times he could be a handful. Harley has always been very laid back and observant.
Where in Baltimore did the boys grow up? Do they come from a big family?
The boys were raised in Dundalk (Baltimore County). At holiday get togethers there are about 30 of us.
When did the boys start developing an interest in music?
Sebastian was a musician right out of the womb. He was in his first band at four years old. He played drums and his Dad played guitar and sang. They played together until Sebastian was about 13. Harley was more interested in cars and sports until he was about seven. He has always liked punk music. One of the first bands he loved was The Misfits, and Black Flag has always been one of his favorites.
What did you think when your sons went on the Decibel tour last year?
I could not have been more proud — or scared. My boys were doing what they have always wanted to do, play music. They are my babies and it’s hard to just let them go. They are both still so young. But they have done things and seen places that I haven’t had the opportunity to do or see.
Did you give them any tips on taking care of themselves on the road?
I told them to eat properly, stay hydrated and take their vitamins, not that they took my advice. I told them to look out for each other. No drinking and driving, and no girls in the van!
Jeff Walker of Carcass says your sons might have tried to sneak a few beers during the tour. Thoughts?
They are very honest with us. They have shared many stories from the road with us…and about you, Mr. Walker.