Music News Headline Answers With Arrival Of Autumn's Jamison Friesen November 12th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Jamison. So glad to be catching up with you. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us here at Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it. How are you doing?
Jamison Friesen: Doing great! We just wrapped am amazing six-week tour of the USA! We made it through van break ins, break downs, heat waves, and long drives. It was incredible seeing the country, and getting to play in front of our fans, and making new ones along the way!
MPAP: Now give us a little run down about your band Arrival Of Autumn and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out soon.
Jamison: Arrival Of Autumn has been a band for eight years, originating from Alberta, Canada. We’ve been making a name for ourselves in the Canadian music scene and have recently caught the attention of Nuclear Blast which has given us the opportunity to branch into the worldwide market. We have a new album out now called Harbinger!
MPAP:Very nice. We’re going to change up this interview and do something different. I’m going to pull some recent headlines from the Metal Injection website and get your reactions and comments on them. Here we go: 1. Celtic Frost Frontman Wishes Metallica Had Left 'Their Millionaire Fingers' Off His Song
MPAP: So, at a recent Metallica show in Switzerland, Kirk and Rob played one of Celtic Frost’s song "The Usurper" during a break in the show. According to Tom Warrior, vocalist for Celtic Frost, the two of them butchered it. He said, 'Maybe I should go onstage and do a really miserable version of [Metallica’s] "Hit the Lights" with, like, 200 mistakes to set the balance.' What do you think about this? If someone was going to cover one of your songs, do you think it should be done in good taste and without any mistakes, or it’s Metallica, and they can do whatever they want, it's no big deal?
Jamison: I’m biased, but Metallica can do whatever they want! And honestly, when was the last time you saw Celtic Frost mentioned in a headline? It’s a bite for publicity.
2. A Fan Died In The Slipknot Mosh Pit This Weekend
MPAP: This is very sad. So, apparently, a 62-year-old Slipknot fan died while in the mosh pit at a Chicago show. Corey Taylor had recently stopped a previous show because he saw the mosh pit was getting too violent. Accidents do happen, but do you think mosh pits at metal shows are becoming more dangerous?
Jamison: That’s terrible, I hadn’t heard about this. Slipknot is among the top five for notoriously violent mosh pits at their shows. Not pointing blame of course, but if they see it as an issue, maybe it’s time to take action. Otherwise, I think the metal scene has a healthy attitude towards moshing. Most everyone is mindful and will pick someone up who’s fallen. Shows with high attendance and a notoriously rowdy crowd will Increase the chances of these accidents happening as well. 3.Slayer Pulled As Primary Sponsor Of NASCAR Due To Complaints From Other Sponsors
MPAP:Really? C’mon., it’s just a band name. It’s not like Satan himself will be driving the car, right?
Jamison: Ya, that’s total bullshit. Unless, there’s some secret motive. I can’t see how that’s practical.
4. Maynard Got Death Threats Over How Long The Tool Album Took MPAP: Talk about some diehard fans. I think that is going a bit too far, even if you’ve been waiting 13 years, right?
Jamison: Guy complains about waiting 13 years, but would serve life if he committed the murder. I suppose if he’d rather wait out a life sentence than have to wait for more Tool,the juice is worth the squeeze.
5. Controversial Video Shows Rob ZombieGrabbing A Female Fan By The Hair After Being Groped MPAP: His shirt was pulled, but, nevertheless. I guess during a show Rob went out into the crowd, and an enthusastic fan reached out and pulled on his shirt. After this headline was posted, quite a few bands like Shinedown, All That Remains, and Bad Wolves defended Rob’s actions. What are your thoughts, do fans need to keep their hands to themselves? Jamison: I’ve had hands placed on me below the belt, it’s not cool. I’ve pondered at what point it’s appropriate to respond with violence but the answer is never. He has the power to evict people from the show I think that’s enough.
6.Behemoth Frontman Confronted At YMCA For Wearing Darkthrone Shirt & Kicked Out Not Believing In Jesus MPAP: It was just a shirt, and he was going there to workout. It wasn’t like he was going there to sacrifice some virgins and spill blood everywhere. What do you think? Jamison: Hopefully they refunded his drop-in fee. As much as I disagree with religion and find this to be annoying and silly, it’s their house; their rules.
7. Former Weedeater Drummer Arrested For Allegedly Spiking Wife’s Drink With Meth MPAP:Umm, this doesn’t look like they have a very good marriage going on for this to have happened. Do you think they need some marriage counseling or what?
Jamison: If meth is your thing, to each their own, but don’t ever mess with someone or give them anything they don’t know they’re taking. That was a screwed-up thing to do. 8. Walmart Shoppers Call The Cops On Metal Band for… Sitting In A Van Parking Lot MPAP: This happened right after the tragic Dayton, Ohio shooting where ten people were killed, including the shooter, and 27 others were injured. The gunman just happened to be a metalhead because he was wearing a The Acacia Strain hoodie. It’s good that people report things, but this could turn out that every traveling metal band that’s parked in a Walmart parking lot are going to get reported now. What do you think? Jamison: That’s total bullshit. We recently had the cops called on us for pretty much the same thing in Texas. It’s not cool, and it puts us in a scary situation. 9. People Are Going Wild For This Rant Tommy Lee Shared Against Donald Trump MPAP: The rant/tweet is quite a bit long, so I'm not going to torture you to read it, but I will say this: should musicians talk or write about politics? In a way, it’s like their forcing their beliefs down our throats. What are your thoughts?
Jamison: Write about politics, yes. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? I personally have no desire to express political views in interviews. But I can’t blame Tommy for what he did either. 10. James Hetfield Calls Woman Who Used Metallica’s Music To Fend Off Cougar MPAP:A young lady, was out walking her dog when off in the distance a cougar began to stalk her. She eventually played a Metallica song on her phone to scare it away, and it worked. She definitely had luck and the power of music on her side, right? What song of yours do you think would scare off a hungry cougar?
Jamison: I loved this story; I can’t imagine how terrifying that would’ve been. And James is a sick dude, I wish him well with his current predicament. I would play "Eyes Of A Panther" by Steel Panther,that just seems appropriate. 11.While She Sleeps Release Free T-Shirt Design To Clue Fans Into How Much Streaming Doesn’t Pay MPAP: This is what the design said: One T-shirt is the equivalent to 5000 streams on Spotify. 76% of all music is streamed and not bought physically or digitally. Band merchandise is the most direct way of supporting a band. Sadly, buying music isn’t the same anymore. Back in the day, it used to be fun to buy an actual album or CD, don’t you think?
Jamison: I love WSS, and it’s great that they’re bringing more attention to this issue. It’s also a great marketing strategy. My CD collection is dear to me, I add to it whenever I fall in love with a new release, and I hope I can continue for a long time.
12. David Hasselhoff Teams Up With Ministry Frontman For "Sweet Caroline" Cover MPAP: All I can say is, this should be interesting. Hopefully, it’s not a train wreck for the Hoff. It's worth a listen to when it comes out though. What do you think of this collaboration?
Jamison: That’s going to be amazing! MPAP:What tv/movie actor would you like to cover a song with someday?
Jamison:I’d like to cover something with Bruce Willis, his old recordings are wild.
MPAP:On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Jamison, for taking the time to answer these headline questions. We look forward to what Arrival Of Autumn does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Jamison: Thanks so much for having me! This was definitely not a typical interview. Catch us on tour with In Flames in North America this Nov/Dec! And listen to our new album Harbinger now!