By Michael Alan Goldberg
Rocky Votolato is one of those guys who falls well on the right side of the line. As The Stranger, a weekly paper in his hometown of Seattle, so aptly put it, the 20-something singer understands "how to convey honest sentiment without embarrassing `himself` or the listening audience in the process." When alerted to this appraisal, the affable Votolato lets out a hearty laugh.
"You definitely want someone to be able to express themselves and move you with their art, but yeah, it can totally make you cringe sometimes," he says. "I guess for me it just kinda happens as it does and I'm not trying to force anything or communicate with any cliché bullshit. I'm lucky people don't think it's coming off as trite or cheesy."
Votolato has already logged thousands of interstate miles since Suicide Medicine came out, and shows no sign of letting up.
"I definitely think that touring is the best way to touch people and get them excited about what you do," he says. "The people who come up to me after shows, they seem really connected to what I'm about and that means everything to me, makes it all worthwhile. That's the kind of music I do and what I'm going for, I want people to really be affected by it. I'm not doing this just to be background entertainment in bars while people get drunk." •
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