Ex-THE SWORD Drummer: 'I Reached My Own Personal Breaking Point As Far As My Panic And Anxiety'

On Monday, October 11, Austin Powell of The Austin Chronicle conducted an interview with former THE SWORD drummer Trivett Wingo about Wingo's decision to leave the band. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Austin Chronicle: How long have you seen this coming?

Trivett Wingo: To be really honest, probably a couple of years.

The Austin Chronicle: Was it important for you to finish here in Austin at ACL?

Trivett Wingo: I really wanted to finish the whole U.S. tour. I had every intention of doing that. I literally reached a point where physically and mental unable to continue. I basically went to the doctor the day after ACL, and he said you can't do this another day.

The Austin Chronicle: What exactly is the issue?

Trivett Wingo: Not to get to specific, but my level of anxiety pertaining to being on tour got to the point where medication was not the answer. You can crunch valiums all the time, but at a certain point you have to ask yourself if you should just be staying at home. I had been medicating myself to be on tour, and I realized that psychiatric help wasn't the answer. I was very deeply unhappy. I didn't want to sedate myself and do something that I wasn't enjoying. I figured it was better for me to finally listen to my inner voice and strike out on my own. I wanted to finish it all. If I had known what point I would break, I wouldn't have planned anything beyond that, but I reached my own personal breaking point as far as my panic and anxiety. I was living in a mental hell. I think it was really starting to affect my performance as well. I really officially completely burned myself down to a nub.

Read the entire interview from The Austin Chronicle.


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