Music News Headline Answers ~With Dark Station's Kyle Ort October 29th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Kyle. 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. Now give us a little run down about your band and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out or any tour announcements you can share here?
Kyle Ort: Thanks for having me. We just released our debut album Down In The Dark on Friday 10/25/19, so we're all very excited about that. We started working on this band/album in May of 2018, so it's great to see all of our efforts over the last 18 months or so pay off. We're currently working on getting tours set up for early next year, so stay tuned for the announcement. MPAP: Very nice. So, for anyone that hasn't been to the Metal Pulp And Paper website recently, we changed things up a bit doing interviews, and are doing something completely different, for now at least. We've pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injectionwebsite and turned them into questions to get reactions and comments on them from bands all over the world. We started this back in August, with different headlines, of course, and it was fun to read each group's different answers. So, please place your seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, and hang on, here we go again. 1.Granny Caught Rocking Out To Slipknot MPAP: At a recent Knotfest show an elderly woman, even with her cane in hand, is caught on video rocking out to Slipknot. The story doesn’t mention her age, but I would say she’s in the prime of at least her 70s. What do you think of granny rocking out to Slipknot? Have you ever seen any older folks rocking out at any of your shows before? And bonus points, if we were keeping score, have you had any of your grandparents at any of your shows before?
Kyle: I don't believe my grandparents ever attended any of my shows, but I welcome any fans of heavy music regardless of age. I've seen plenty of older people rocking out at shows that I have played. It's always a little funny just because it's not something you would expect to see. 2. Metal Guitarist Too Young To Play Bar Plays Outside With Wireless System Instead
MPAP:The band Ancient Burials had a bit of a dilemma when they played a show at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Their guitarist was underage and not allowed into the bar to play. Some places will mark your hand with an 'X' identifying you’re a minor and let you play. Not the Hawthorne Theatre with Oregon’s liquor laws. So, instead of them canceling the show, fellow bandmates Paradigm Shift hooked him up with a wireless pack, and he went outside and played. The bar had an open window so you could see the band playing inside and he was outside shredding it out on the street. It’s a great video to watch.
Kyle: I did see this video! It's definitely an interesting solution to the problem. Bravo for the resourcefulness of those guys.
3. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Reveals Himself As Slipknot’s Tortilla Man
MPAP: Obviously, someone brilliant out there got him to announce that, probably on one of those Celebrity Cameos or something. In all seriousness, does it even matter who Tortilla Man is? And why do you think Slipknotis so strict on revealing who new band members are? They had this previous issue when Paul Gray passed away and was replaced by Alessandro Venturella, and also when Jay Weinberg replaced Joey Jordison. Kyle: I don't think it matters, but a lot of people do apparently. It just keeps the mystique alive that Slipknot has had since day one. Whenever you see a talented band with masks or costumes of some kind, you always wonder what they look like or who they are. It keeps people talking for sure. 4. These Post Malone Fans Are Just Hearing About Ozzy For The First Time Thanks To New Collaboration
MPAP:Recently Post Malone recorded a song called "Take What You Want," and it featured Ozzy Osbourne. Honestly, it’s not a lousy collaboration between the two. Wasn’t expecting it to be a good song. Anyways, what gets me is some people, mainly Post Malone's fans were saying thanks to Post Malone he just gave this Ozzy guy a career. They obviously have no idea! Even back in 2015, it was almost the same thing, Kayne West did a song with the Beatles Paul McCartney, and Kayne’s fans were saying Kayne just gave Paul a career in the music business. Really c’mon? So, my question is, should the history of music be taught in school or something? Shouldn’t the younger generation know who Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney are?
Kyle:I feel like a lot of that stuff is click bait. Ozzy Osbourne is a pretty prominent figure in pop culture. I think just about everyone knows the name at least, even if they don't know his music. I can't imagine anyone who knows who Post Malone is that wouldn't know who Ozzy Osbourne is.
5. Sabaton Involved In 'Serious Traffic Accident' In Tunisia, Cancel Tonight’s Show
MPAP:Luckily everyone is ok now, but do you have any scary tour bus accident stories that you can share with us? Or, if no accidents, any close calls where you thought you might die?
Kyle: Fortunately, I haven't been involved in any accidents while touring. There have been plenty of scary scenarios though. Driving through the back roads of Texas in the middle of the night with deer running across the road every few miles comes to mind. Leaving New Orleans driving through tropical storm level rain was a little nerve racking. With all the miles that bands travel, it's almost inevitable that something is gonna happen sometime. We try to be as safe as we can.
6.Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg: The Effects of Climate Change Are Undeniable
MPAP:Some say there is no such thing as climate change, or some say it is getting better. Both sides of the party point fingers at each other. Even back in February of this year, Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old democratic socialist, wanted us to get to the point of where air travel would stop becoming necessary, and believes farting cows are responsible for the climate change and we need to get rid of them. What are your thoughts on climate change?
Kyle: I try to refrain from commenting on subjects that I just don't know enough about. It seems clear that the earth is warming year after year. Why is it happening and what should the solution be? I leave that up to people that are way smarter than me. 7.Nicole Kidman Attended An Iron Maiden Show with Her Husband, Keith Urban
MPAP: Never would have expected that couple to be into Iron Maiden, but still cool either way. It’s good to know that music can reach anyone. So, have you ever had anyone famous that you know of attend one of your shows? If not, who would you like to leave a ticket for at will call to come to your next show?
Kyle:Good for them. I haven't had anyone famous attend shows that I have played. I'd probably leave a ticket for James Hetfield from Metallica, so I could ask him to take our band on tour with him, haha. 8.Yellowstone Police Are Using AC/DC To Clear Bison Off The Road
MPAP:In our previous headlines feature Metallica was blasted to scare away a cougar, and now bison are being blasted by AC/DC. It makes you think, what animal is next, and then how long until the animal kingdom doesn’t put up with this anymore and revolts against humans?
Kyle: Why would they have a problem with AC/DC or Metallica? Those are two of my favorite bands. I'd like to hear the bison or cougars start a band if they think they can do better. 9. Vinyl On Pace To Outsell CDs in 2019
MPAP:Buying albums seems to be the trendy hip thing it looks like again. Since streaming services are the popular norm, it’s good that records are making a comeback, but sad in a way, because CDs will become extinct.
Kyle: I think some type of physical media, whatever it may be, CDs, vinyl, etc; will always exist. Some people appreciate the artwork and the packaging of music along with the songs themselves. It creates more of an experience or connection with the band. 10. Dude Who Tried To Swim Back Into Slayer Show After Being Ejected Immortalized on Beer Can
MPAP: The guy that tried to swim back into a Slayer show is from a headline in 2018, but him being immortalized on a beer can is new. This is a two-part question. Which beer can would you like your face on, and while out on tour, what is the craziest thing a fan has done that you have seen?
Kyle: Of the big three, I'm a Miller Lite fan. Lately I've been on the White Claw train, so I'd like to see my face on those cans. The last band I was in, a guy showed up to our show in Iowa with a full forearm tattoo of the band logo. That's always crazy to me seeing that kind of commitment to a band. I didn't have the heart to tell him we had just changed to a different logo. 11. Former Five Finger Death PunchDrummer’s New Gig: A Horror Porn Anthology Series MPAP: Yep, you read it right, former Five Finger DeathPunchdrummer’s new gig is in the porn business. Not only is Jeremy Spencer a part-time cop in Indiana now, but now he writes, directs, and even stars in his pornos. Crazy. So, my question is, what is your dream job if you weren’t performing in a band? If you had to hang things up in the music business, what would you rather be doing?
Kyle:The band is the dream job. There is no other. Anything else I do I may enjoy, but it's not the dream. I do CNC machining and metal fabrication and I'm into motor sports, so I would probably spend my time building race cars.
12.Flaw Accused of Plagiarizing You Tuber’s Song, Vocalist Said He Had No Idea
MPAP:This isn’t really a question about that headline, but it made me think and want to ask, is there one song out there that some band has recorded, and it’s so good that you wish you could claim it as your own song?
Kyle:That would probably be "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC. It's just the perfect arena rock song. What's also interesting to me about that song is that the band was around 20 years into their career when they wrote it. Most bands aren't still writing massive hits 20 years after they start. This was also the time that Seattle grunge was the 'in' music. AC/DC just stuck to their guns through every trend and I have a massive amount of respect for them because of it.
13.Metallica Named 'World’s Biggest Touring Act' According To New Study
MPAP: Even though they’ve released a few records that some fans can’t stand, that still hasn’t stopped them by selling over 22 million tickets and grossed $1.4 billion in touring since 1982. That’s very impressive. So, I guess the question would be, lets rain on their parade for a moment and ask what’s your least favorite Metallica song that you must turn off or turn down when it’s on the radio? And by no means, this is no disrespect to Metallicaat all. I think they are man enough to handle hearing which songs or albums are not fan favorites. It's just for fun and games, until we shot our eye out.
Kyle:Metallica is probably my favorite band. Unfortunately, the radio has ruined a couple songs for me. The local classic rock station here in Southern California plays "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters" every day. Often at the same time every day. Both great songs, but they have been played out and I don't want to hear them anytime soon.
MPAP:Some great answers. We hope you enjoyed this? On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Kyle, for taking the time to answer these headline questions. We look forward to what Dark Stationdoes to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Kyle: Thanks for having me. Check out our website for info on the band and all of our social links. www.darkstationband.com See you on the road in 2020!