A band's ability to get along becomes a key factor in whether or not they succeed. Many talented, popular bands have been destroyed because they couldn't get along. Kristen discussed one of the greatest challenges of being in a working band:
I think that eventually you get so sick of each other. And you literally hate each other so much that you love each other. There's a thin line between love and hate. It's like, "If I hear your voice -- if I hear you open your mouth one more time -- I'm going to kiss you." You know what I mean?
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Over time, Antigone Rising naturally found mechanisms to cope with the stress of living in a band. Kristen discussed their process:
We do a lot of, like, big group talks...'This is how I feel.' I mean, there's a lot of that. Especially with a girl band, there's a lot of that, 'You hurt my feelings, I don't like the way you said that, What did you mean by that?' -- you know? But, we've been together now non-stop for five years, so a lot of that s--- has stopped ... we've already worked all that stuff out. Our dynamic is sort of already set in stone -- our dysfunctional dynamic. It's a blessing that we've been out as long as we have, 'cause now we're just best friends. We know how stuff works [laughing].
As we tick down the list of challenges associated with "making it," we now move on to one of the greatest: How do you keep going?