On a quiet Tuesday morning the Gaede family’s south Kalispell neighborhood seems like any other recently built subdivision, with clean new vinyl-sided homes, some yet to be occupied by owners, and workmen placing sod and landscaping unfinished lawns.
It’s a place to start fresh, which is what April Gaede says her family intended to do. The problem is that Gaede and her family aren’t exactly anonymous. They’ve been written up in a GQ feature, featured in a segment on ABC’s “Primetime,” and had their story picked up by newspapers around the country.
April is a member of National Vanguard, a white supremacist group that splintered off from the National Alliance after its leader died in 2002. What made the Gaedes famous, or infamous, are April’s twin 14-year-old daughters, Lamb and Lynx, who perform and record music as Prussian Blue. The band is probably best known for “Sacrifice,” a song that glorifies Nazi Rudolph Hess, and a photo of the kitten-cute, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girls wearing T-shirts decorated with yellow smiley faces wearing Hitler mustaches.
In their ABC interview, April said the family’s hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. wasn’t “white” enough, so she planned to find a new, whiter community to call home. She found Kalispell.
But when April’s new neighbors found out who she was, they decided some sort of response was required, so on Aug. 31 they passed bright flyers reading “NO HATE HERE” around the neighborhood. The posters currently hang in at least 10 neighborhood windows.
April claims that since the Daily Inter Lake ran a story about her neighbor’s actions, she’s received numerous e-mails from Flathead Valley residents interested in and supportive of her views.
But the family’s media exposure also seems to be doing some harm. April says she lost a job at a local coffee shop after a recent airing of the family’s story, and she says the NO HATE HERE crowd tells her daughters, “We don’t want you here.”
With no apparent sense of irony, April worries that her children will be ostracized when classmates at their new Flathead school learn who they are, and what they believe. She calls the neighbors who outed her family “closed minded.”