From People on Psychedelics
Emil Amos (born in 1976) is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for groups such as Holy Sons, Grails, Om and Lilacs & Champagne.
- "When you're 16 and you start using drugs every single day and don't let up for years ... I began to struggle with severe depersonalization, where nothing seems real. You don't think you're actually alive. You basically melt down the DNA of your personality, and become a puddle of broken-down potentialities. It took me years to figure out why I would still want to exist, let alone function in front of others. That recovery will always be part of Holy Sons' narrative."
- When did you complete your recovery? "Well, never, really. The day you disassemble your psyche on LSD is the first day of the rest of your life. LSD is shamanistic. It's a religious agent. It's not for abusing, it's for learning. To this day I'm still trying to piece together my mind. Mine isn't a cautionary tale: It's something I would do again. The history of the poet is the Faustian way, to destroy oneself to find out what's at the bottom of this highly efficient, trained, ritualized robot." -- LA Weekly 10.03.2011, http://www.laweekly.com/2011-03-10/music/sober-people-scare-the-shit-out-of-me/