Lamb and Lynx Gaede, formerly the white nationalist pop music duo Prussian Blue, became known to the world back in 2005 for their controversial melodies and interviews extolling white pride and white nationalist beliefs. They had once even identified Adolf Hitler as one of their heroes during a nationally televised interview.
Backed by a powerful global fan base consisting of rabid racists, the band was a sinisterly innovative method to spread the white power message and ultimately attract new adherents to the racist movement.
Their mother and manager, April Gaede, defended Prussian Blue’s music as merely being about the celebration of white racial pride. Others have described the band as racist and white supremacist in nature.
During their run, Prussian Blue represented a new and darker take on the colorful and youth driven bubble gum pop world of pop music which is universally identified by songs that consist of jaunty lyrics and catchy hooks.
Though the twins never went mainstream and competed against such modern day pop music superstars as Rihanna, Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez or pop legends Katy Perry and Brittney Spears on the music charts of the Billboard 100; they ruled the dark realm and subculture popularly known as “hate music.”
While white supremacist music artists are by no means a new phenomenon, Prussian Blue was something of a very different and special nature.
Back then, the twin sisters had generated nationwide controversy, outrage and interest with their racist viewpoints and music. Now, they are generating interest yet again as they walk away from the white power movement, renouncing racism and embracing diversity.
Though they announced their rejection of racist ideologies last year, that announcement continues to reverberate in 2012 in both the white power movement and the mainstream media.
It's been quite a ride for twin sisters Lamb and Lynx. However, while they have come a very long way from their controversial past, the journey for them continues.
Early Beginnings and the Rise to Infamy
Lamb and Lynx Gaede are fraternal twins born to Kris Lingelser and April Gaede on June 30, 1992, in Fresno, California. They soon moved to Bakersfield where they spent much of their childhood.
Kris and April divorced in 1997. April was granted full custody of the twins after she filled a restraining order against Kris for domestic violence. The courts granted Kris supervised visits of his daughters, though sources close to the family have said that he did not take advantage of his visitation rights.
In the years following the divorce, April became a political activist for the white supremacist movement. She would eventually join the National Alliance and become a writer for its newsletter, the National Vanguard.
During the late 90’s, the National Alliance was the most active and popular white supremacist group in the U.S. Its founder, Dr. William Pierce, was the author of The Turner Diaries
(published under the pseudonym "Andrew Macdonald"), a story published in 1978 about a revolution and race war that leads to the overthrow of the U.S. government.
Authorities say Timothy McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols, the two anti-government militants who carried out the truck bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma City that killed 168, used the novel as a blueprint for that act of terrorism.
A copy of The Turner Diaries
was found in McVeigh’s getaway car shortly after he was apprehended for the terror attack by the FBI and state police in Oklahoma.
Racist ideology has always been something familiar to April. As a child, she grew up on a ranch with cattle owned by her father, Bill Gaede, in California’s Squaw Valley. Bill was known to brand his cattle with the Swastika.
The girls were homeschooled by their mother where it is believed they were imbued with the ideology of white supremacy and separatism.
April prefers the title of white nationalist over white supremacist. April and those like her believe the word “nationalist” does not conjure up the negative connotations that the word “supremacist” does. However, watchdog organizations like those of the Southern Poverty Law Center which monitor the white power movement and hate groups say the phrase “white nationalist” is merely a euphemism for “white supremacist” and that both terms are interchangeable.
During their childhood the twin sisters began to show a talent for singing and musical instruments. Lamb would quickly learn how to play both the acoustic and electric guitar while Lynx learned the violin.
In 2001, April had her twin daughters, then 10 years old, performing at white pride festivals and events throughout the country. She and the twins soon settled on the name Prussian Blue for their band. The name is a nod to their blue eyes as well as their heritage which the twins have said in interviews is part Prussian German. The twins also reportedly like the name because they thought Prussian Blue was a beautiful color.
The word Prussian Blue has also been linked to things far more sinister.
Prussian Blue is Zyklon-B residue. Zyklon-B is the cyanide-based pesticide that was used during World War Two by the Nazis to kill many of the Jewish prisoners held in their concentration camps.
The following year the Gaede twins
appeared in a VH1 special on the hate music industry titled, Inside Hate Rock
The twins received a stepfather when April married longtime boyfriend Mark Harrington and soon after became big sisters when their mother gave birth to a girl. April and her husband named their newborn daughter Dresden, after the Nazi-era German city where tens of thousands of civilians died in a controversial firebombing by Allied forces during World War Two.
At the age of 11, Lamb Gaede was a regular listener of The Inga Banks Show
, a local weekday talk radio program on KERN Newstalk 1410
hosted by Inga Banks. She would listen to the program while on recess from homeschooling lessons she and Lynx were receiving from their mother.
Lamb, under the alias of Ellie May, once had a memorable on-air debate
with Banks on the issue of race.
In 2004, at the age of 13, Lamb and Lynx recorded their debut CD, Fragment of the Future
and released it through Resistance Records
, a white supremacist record label that the band had signed up with.
The music on their first CD was centered on white nationalism and white pride. April has never been shy about admitting that Prussian Blue’s music and message was exclusively for white people.
For instance, the lyrics in Victory Day
, a song from Prussian Blue’s debut CD, depicts a grand celebration by the white race after achieving victory in an epic race war:
Well sit down and listen, to what I have to say. There soon will come a great war, a bloody but holy day. And after that purging, our people will be free, and sing up in the bright skies, a sun for all to see…
The song concludes with the following lyrics:
And the women, they’ll smile, on Victory Day. And the children, they’ll laugh and they’ll sing and they’ll play. And the forests will echo our grace, for the brand new dawn of our Race…
The concept of a race war is very prevalent within the subculture of white supremacy and nationalism. Those in the movement believe if the U.S. government should ever collapse, anarchy and lawlessness would prevail and that racial and ethnic minority groups would take advantage of the calamity to target whites for slaughter. To this end, a large percentage of individuals and groups in the white power movement have been preparing for this event by stockpiling weaponry, engaging in paramilitary training and maintaining very close ties with militia groups.
The blonde haired blue eyed twin sisters quickly became the pin-up girls for the white pride movement through the use of such lyrics in their music.
Prussian Blue’s musical style has been described as pop, rock and acoustic folk-rock. Lamb and Lynx play all the instruments in their songs and sing their own vocals. The pop duo also writes its own songs.
The girls and their music were wildly popular with white supremacist and nationalists in both the U.S. and Europe.
The demographic profile of Prussian Blue’s fan base consisted largely of middle-aged men in the white power movement. Many of these men developed infatuations towards Lamb and Lynx even though they were old enough to be fathers (and in some cases even grandfathers) to the young teenage girls.
Some believe that the one of the purposes of Prussian Blue was to attract teenage boys and even adult males to the white power movement.
It would not be long before the mainstream world outside of the white nationalist subculture began to take notice of the Gaede twins.
The twin act triggered a massive firestorm of media publicity on a global level. Prussian Blue began to put in appearances on numerous radio talk shows, magazines, and television programs nationally.
In interviews with the media the twins have denied that the Holocaust occurred or at the very least have said the death toll and the suffering endured by the Jewish people during that horrific event was exaggerated.
In 2005, Prussian Blue’s publicity really soared when they allowed Primetime
, an investigative journalism program on the ABC television network featured the duo in what would eventually be one of two critical segments on the band (the second would air the following year). During an interview in the segment Lamb and Lynx called Hitler their hero, and sang songs about how great Hitler and the Nazis were. The twins also said they believed Hitler was a good man with great ideas and further questioned the veracity of the Holocaust.
The twins sounded very adamant about their white separatist beliefs with Lynx even going so far as to make a rather bold declaration to a Primetime
correspondent during the nationally televised interview
"We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white. We want our people to stay white. ... We don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."
According to April, the morning after the Primetime
segment aired on national television, her phone would not stop ringing.
Everyone in America now wanted to know who Prussian Blue was and what they were all about. The twins and April were soon inundated with phone calls and interview requests from GQ magazine
, Teen People
, Los Angeles Times
, Elle Girl
, talk host Paula Zahn and many others. However, April only granted interviews of Prussian Blue to a very small number of media outlets. According to GQ, the booker for Maury
sent flowers to April and her daughters, but they still declined to appear on the popular daytime talk show.
They became fodder for late night talk show hosts
in both the U.S. and Europe and their likeness has been featured in the Broadway musical, White Noise
(which has since relocated to Chicago).
In the interview with GQ magazine
, April would say of the popular ABC network news program that interviewed her and her family
Primetime mainstreamed us.
The blonde haired blue-eyed duo was now a media sensation. While they thrilled audiences with their music under the glimmer and glare of the spotlight on stages throughout the world in the white nationalist movement, they were being vilified in the press and mainstream society.
Release of Second Album and the Move to Montana
A year later they released their second CD titled, The Path We Chose
. That same year, Blonde Hair Blue Eyes
, a special DVD on Prussian Blue featuring interviews, live performances and music videos of the pop music duo was also released.
The Gaede twins and their mother, who was also the band’s manager, went on their first official tour as Prussian Blue in 2005. The band performed at white supremacist and nationalist forums and festivals throughout the country.
April would become the focus of a federal law enforcement investigation when the Gaede household was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
. In March 2005, an FBI SWAT team raided the home of the Gaede family in Bakersfield looking for evidence linking her to a leading figure in the white supremacist movement who was suspected of involvement in the murders of several members of Joan Lefkow's family. Lefkow, a federal judge in Chicago, had a reputation for being very tough on right-wing militants. Though April did know Matthew Hale, the white supremacist suspected of involvement in the killings, an FBI investigation later cleared her as a suspect.
The twins, who were in the house at the time of the raid, as well as April herself, were said to have been left shaken by the incident.
Later that year, Lamb, Lynx, their baby half-sister Dresden and their stepfather, Mark, all left California because April felt it was “not white enough.”
They moved to Montana and made a new home for themselves in Kalispell, a city of 19,000 located in the northern section of the state.
April had chosen to move the family to Montana because of that state’s predominantly white population. She also believed that her racist viewpoints would be more palatable to a state with a white majority population.
She was wrong.
Almost from the moment they crossed over into the Kalispell city limits, April and her family were dogged by residents who protested her presence in that town.
Protesters posted and distributed hundreds of brightly colored anti-racism fliers to residents throughout the town that read, “No Hate Here.” Some of the anti-racism protests against the family received guidance from the Montana Human Rights Network
, an NGO that combats hate groups statewide. With the Gaede family now living there, the organization and residents were concerned that other white supremacists and nationalists would view Montana as a haven
because of its higher than national average population of white people and make the decision to move there en masse. By giving the Gaede family a rude and cold welcome, protesters were hoping the message would get out that Montana was not the potential haven racists thought it to be.
Lamb and Lynx had also started to receive death threats while in Montana. This was something frighteningly new and disturbing for the Gaede family.
However, Rebecca Kushner-Matteer, an organizer of the anti-hate protesters decried the threats. She told the Daily Inter-Lake
, a local newspaper, that the intent was to be peaceful
The last thing we need to do is to get aggressive and hateful
She further said
We wish the family no harm. Our goal is to peacefully communicate that this kind of hate and ignorance will not be accepted here in our neighborhood where we live and raise our families.
Though April had moved to Montana because California was no longer “white enough” for her liking, it appears as if the residents in the racially and ethnically diverse Golden State were less hostile towards her family than Montana with its vastly white population. The opposition that April is facing in Montana is unlike any that she has ever faced in California.
That’s irony for you.
However, despite the fierce opposition to her controversial views from the locals, April continued to promote her message of white nationalism through Prussian Blue.
Meanwhile, Lamb and Lynx, now age 14, were beginning to pull away from Prussian Blue. They had told their mother that they no longer wanted to tour or perform in public and would rather focus on school than writing lyrics for new white pride songs.
The twins, who had been homeschooled for their entire childhood, requested to be in enrolled in a public high school. April agreed to the request and green-lighted Lamb and Lynx to attend a local public high school.
Honoring that seemingly innocuous request by her daughters would have wildly unforeseen repercussions for April and the rest of the Gaede family.
Also, in 2006, a compilation album titled For The Fatherland
was released through the far right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). It would be Prussian Blue’s last album.
Abandoning Hate and Embracing Diversity; Medical Marijuana Advocacy
Last year Lamb and Lynx publicly announced that they had abandoned their white nationalist views and were no longer apart of the white power movement. The blockbuster announcement once again garnered international-level media attention for the duo.
The Gaede twins, now age 20, first made the revelation during an interview with The Daily
. During the interview Lamb was quoted saying:
“I’m not a white nationalist anymore. My sister and I are pretty liberal now."
And while Lynx was appreciative of the experience of being in a band, she says that her and Lamb were largely uncomfortable with being superstars for the white power movement.
Lynx told The Daily:
I’m glad we were in the band but I think we should have been pushed toward something a little more mainstream and easier for us to handle than being front-men for a belief system that we didn’t even completely understand at that time. We were little kids.
Since moving to Montana, the lives of Lamb and Lynx
have taken some very dynamic, colorful and interesting twists and turns. Some of these twists and turns have been downright frightening but were all formative experiences that would eventually transform the Gaede twins into the young women that they are today and gain them a measure of redemption in the public eye.
At the age of 14 and while in their freshman year of high school in Montana, both Lamb and Lynx were stricken with very severe illnesses. Lynx was diagnosed with cancer and had a tumor removed from her shoulder. She also suffers from cyclic vomiting syndrome. Lamb suffered from scoliosis and chronic back pain.
The Gaede twins received special state-issued medical cards that enabled them to legally obtain medicinal marijuana from licensed medical professionals and use it for its purported anesthetic effects in offsetting the extremely painful symptoms associated with their illnesses.
Montana is one of a few states that proscribes medical marijuana. Patients seeking to obtain marijuana for medical purposes must obtain a special medical card issued by the state. Physicians seeking to distribute marijuana for medical purposes must be licensed by the state.
The twins have spoken very highly of medical marijuana with Lynx even crediting it with saving her life. In a startling revelation, Lynx says
I have to say, marijuana saved my life … I would probably be dead if I didn't have it.
The girls also credit their marijuana use for increasing their creativity and have traded in their microphones for paint brushes. Lamb and Lynx are now very passionate about art and have been channeling their creative energies into painting.
The Gaede twins have also changed their outlook on life and the people around them, particularly the white supremacist movement and persons of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Lamb and Lynx now speak boldly of their love for diversity and different cultures.
How did they go from closed-minded white pride ideology to embracing all that humanity has to offer? What significant and seismic revelation or life event opened their eyes and changed their outlook on the world?
Evidently it was the public school system.
According to a report by ABC News
, attending a public high school led to a complete 180 degree turn in their beliefs.
In statements made to a correspondent from the news agency Lynx declared:
It makes me proud of humanity every day that we have so many different places and people.
While Lamb proclaimed
We just want to come from a place of light and love.
She goes on to say
I think we’re meant to do something more – we’re healers. We just want to exert the most love and positivity we can.
The twins say that they now regret many of the things that they had said in the past.
According to a posting on her blog, April says that the public school system in Montana is 98% white. It is believed that this was a key factor that influenced her decision to allow Lamb and Lynx to attend a public high school.
Apparently the twins came in contact with the two percent of students who are not white or at the very least made friends with some vastly open-minded and worldly white students or perhaps they had some heart-to-heart talks with concerned but caring teachers or guidance counselors who were able to sway them from the path of hate.
Either way, the twins had finally rejected racist ideologies and are now changed young ladies. The dark spell had finally been broken.
Whereas Lamb and Lynx sang songs about racial pride in the past, they now sing the praises of diversity.
Thus the American public school system has once again shown itself to be the great equalizer and uniter of humanity.
However, the girls are still not completely sold on the fact that the Holocaust occurred and continue to question the veracity of that historical event. While the twins have undeniably made significant progress, there are obviously still lessons in tolerance that have yet to be learned.
Though Lamb and Lynx no longer share their mother’s hateful views, they both say they still love her very much.
Surprisingly, April has been accepting of the choice made by her daughters even though she does not support or agree with it.
However, it also appeared as if April, the mother who had long exploited the natural talents of her twin daughters to preach a message of hate to the world, was in denial.
Statements made by her to ABC News during an interview last year would seem to suggest that she likens Lamb and Lynx’s recent choice to abandon hateful ideologies as nothing more than a youthful fad:
They’re saying what everyone wants to hear so they won’t be harassed anymore. Let’s face it, it’s not popular to be a white separatist, and they want to be popular.
April has been in denial for a while and so has anyone else hoping for a reunion of Prussian Blue.
Those who have been following the girls over the past few years would tell you it was quite evident that a major change was long on the horizon.
Though the twins spent many years playing the part of dutiful white nationalist daughters for their mother while in the public eye, behind closed doors a storm was brewing.
Louis and the Nazis (Neo-Nazi Pop Twins)
, an eye-opening documentary by BBC correspondent Louis Theroux that aired in 2004, gives a deeply intimate look at Prussian Blue and the Gaede family. The documentary reveals the severe tension within the Gaede family and the stunning contrast between what April wants and what the twins really want. The documentary also seems to suggest that the twins, who are well known for their strong-willed personalities, had long been experiencing a great level of ambivalence over the white separatist views of their mother and acceptance of such mainstream societal values as diversity and tolerance.
The official website and MySpace pages of Prussian Blue were shutdown long ago, perhaps as far back as 2007. The Prussian Blue Fansite
which is actually a mirror of The Official Prussian Blue Blog, is still up and running but is not actively maintained and appears to have been abandoned. The last posting on the blog was August 27, 2007 and featured images from an autograph session by the Gaede twins. Since that date there has been no other activity on the blog. While there is also a Youtube channel that is operational and touts itself as “The Official Prussian Blue Channel
,” the girls are not believed to be affiliated with it. The channel was likely created by a fan who is nostalgic for the days when the girls advocated white separatism.
Though they no longer perform as a band, Lamb and Lynx are still into music. They have recently discovered the music of Bob Marley and now note him as one of their favorite music artists. The girls have even begun accepting some friend requests from non-white persons on their Facebook pages.
The twins also fear a violent backlash from their former fans and others in the white power movement. Though they have not received any threats from anyone in the white power movement over their new lifestyle and beliefs they remain vigilant.
There are dangerous people in white nationalism who would do awful things to people who they think betrayed the movement.
While still occasionally parodied
in the media, skits involving the twins are often not as mean-spirited as they were during their days of advocating for racial division.
Lamb and Lynx are currently looking forward to the future.
Lynx still lives at home with her mother and currently has a job restoring furniture while Lamb works as a hotel maid and has moved out of the house but lives close by. She frequently returns to see her mother and to spend time with Lynx and Dresden as well as do her laundry there.
Lamb and Lynx plan to enroll at a college in the near future and hope to become advocates for medical marijuana. The twins want to see marijuana legalized for medical purposes in all 50 states.