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Religion: Brian Fallon

You would describe yourself as a religious person. What does that mean to you?

I’m an old-school Jesus/God, very traditional guy because I was brought up Christian. But I don’t agree with a lot of Christian people and I don’t think they agree with me.

Do people confront you over your beliefs?

Sometimes, sure. When I tell people I’m a Christian some people will immediately think of what other Christians have said Christianity means. But I’ve been wrong so many times that I’m not about to force my thoughts on anyone.

What is your vision of God?

Sometimes, to me, God is an angry dad waiting to strike you with lightning; sometimes he’s the only guy left when you’ve burned everyone else. But I’m smart enough to know that I don’t know what God is. I believe what I believe.

Is the Bible a rule book for your life?

No, because the Bible doesn’t address every situation in life. I believe God, and the Bible, expect me to use common sense and figure things out for myself.

To you talk to God every day?

Not every day. I try to talk to God not out of routine, but because I’m trying to figure out who He is. I feel like I’m chasing God down, and I’m not letting go until I figure out who He is, and what He wants from me.

Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.