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IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE DOWNTOWN FOR PRIDE, DO SEE THIS BAND AT THE SEATTLE CENTER
IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE DOWNTOWN FOR PRIDE, DO SEE THIS BAND AT THE SEATTLE CENTER
"This battle over Pride Downtown and Pride Capitol Hill is something we need to get past. We need to move on and be all together as one community," said Sister Hyde, formerly Ted Axe.

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Young, gendy-bendy fans loved them at last year's Pride Rally in Volunteer Park, and Sister Hyde (who was Ted Axe, then), says part of the reason he is looking forward to performing in the new Seattle Center venue for Pride this year, is to try to be a peacemaker.

We sat down in my Capitol Hill digs and discussed the issues surround the separation between groups that want to stay on the Hill, and those that have decided Pride needs to be 'Out and Proud', Downtown and at the Seattle Center. And we also discussed the change from 'Ted Axe' to the newly minted 'Sister Hyde', and the new band he heads up.

"What happened was my dad gave me a chemistry set, and I mixed up this concoction and became 'Hyde', which I think of as the embodiment of evil in all men, as well as the woman in all men," He went on to say that he wanted to move away from what he considers 'formula rock', talking about the more mainstream bands the media is drooling over, to something more like Alice Cooper, who dressed in mascara and eyeliner long before some newcomers.

"This was perfect for me, this look and persona, especially having been called a 'punk rock freak', and I wanted to bring a taste of the real big city, like New York and L.A. to the Seattle scene. To show people it's okay to be different," he said, laughing a devilish laugh, so typical of his whimsical 'Ted Axe' persona from last year. He went on to say that he feels punk is not what you're wearing, but more of an attitude of defiance of authority and sameness.

"Mostly though, I want people who come to see us, to have fun. This battle over Pride Downtown and Pride Capitol Hill is something we need to get past. We need to move on and be all together as one community. The Gay movement has a history of victimology. I think if people don't want to be victims, they should take martial arts classes, and be strong," he continued.

He offered the choice that people could do all of the Pride events happening this weekend, and celebrate all over, that way making the whole city a large community, instead of one with rifts. Hyde's band, 'Sister Hyde', will be performing at the Seattle Center after the march Downtown, which he said, is supposed to end at 2:30 p.m., when the festival begins at different venues in the Seattle Center, including the Center House.

"I hope the people who enjoyed us last year, will come and see us this year, and though I won't be quite as risque this year, I will be wearing a leopard thong over fishnets, showing a little skin, and putting on quite a show again," he concluded.

The group, which now includes new members 'The Brothers Grim' (two teens who recently joined the band, and who Hyde says have attracted a new, younger group of fans), is currently working on a new CD, and hoping to do more all ages venues. You can listen to some of the new music on the web, at: www.myspace.com/SisterHyde

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