Music News Headline Answers With Her Worst Nightmare's Jason Caruana December 4th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello. How are you?
Jason Caruana: Doing Fantastic, Thank You!
MPAP: Thank you, Jason, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. Before we get started though, tell us a little about your band or what you do in the music industry. And, of course, if you’ve got new music, or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it.
Jason: My name is Jason Caruana and I play in Her Worst Nightmare out of Chicago. We put out our debut full-length album on 3/15/2019, and also have a 5 song EP coming out 1/3/2020. I also print the majority of our merch and do a bunch for bands locally and across the U.S. MPAP: So, just in case you or the reader are new to this, and to make sure everyone is on the same page on how this works, we’ve pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions and get your answers and reactions. We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, with different headlines each time, and it has been fun to read everyone’s answers so far. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go. 1. Real Housewife Wearing Metallica Shirt Asked To Name 3 Of Their Songs, She Cannot
MPAP: Some talk show, on the Bravo! channel had The Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard as a guest. She was wearing a Metallica’s Lady Liberty, ‘And Justice For All’ shirt, and a caller called into the show and asked the host of it if Candice could name three songs by Metallica. She pretty much had no clue who the band was, and obviously, she couldn’t name three songs by them either. Do you believe if you wear the band’s shirt, you should at least know maybe who the group is?
Jason: I don’t think something so trivial should ever get that much attention. It’s definitely a positive thing if Metallica benefited even one song or shirt sale or stream, hopefully it got them more fans! I say Cheers to wearing whatever we all want. 2. Mosh Pit & Wall Of Death Break Out During The Village People’s Set At Riot Fest
MPAP: You would have never really expected something like this too of happened now, would you? And to be honest, I didn’t know The Village People were still together and performing, but they are. That just shows you metal music fans can always have fun even if it is moshing to songs like "Y.M.C.A.," or "Macho Man" by The Village People at a music festival. Now, what is something you’ve seen happen while performing, or while at a show that you weren’t expecting to see or have occurred?
Jason: I was at Riot Fest and went primarily for The B52s and The Village People! Pretty cool seeing people from all walks of life having a good time together during them. Thankfully, I haven’t experienced anything too fucked up, but I’m looking forward to our first tour in March, so there’s still time. 3. Reminder: Metallica Will Never Play The Super Bowl
MPAP: Every year when the Super Bowl announces who is going to be their half time show, metal music fans are pissed off because it’s never a metal band or even a hard-rock band for that matter. For almost five years fans have wanted Metallica to host the Super Bowl halftime show. Fans also started a petition to get them to play at the 50th Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. Metallica would be an excellent choice to be a part of it, they’ve won Grammy awards, they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have toured just about everywhere in the World, and just recently they were named the World’s biggest touring act. What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think metal music is always going to get snubbed at the Super Bowl?
Jason: The fact that Metallica and my other choice, Ozzy, have yet to do the Superbowl is insanity. Those would be my two choices for it because they’re gigantic and can definitely get away with it and you know everyone there would have a good time. Either of the two would put on a better show than everyone they’ve had with the exception of Prince! 4.Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Doesn’t Believe Drugs & Alcohol Makes You Write Better Music
MPAP: What are your thoughts? Do you think drugs and alcohol bring out the creativity in a musician or can kill it?
Jason: I know a lot of our heroes are known for partying, but it’s a very different time now. Not enough time for that if you want to get anywhere. Bands need to be out doing their thing, playing, and networking, not getting all fucked up. I don’t think at all that someone has to be trashed to be good, that’s nonsense. There’s so many heavy bands in the world trying to make it, so for newer ones, like us, I feel everyone needs to be on the same page and stay clean enough to get the ball rolling and focus time and funds on stocking merch tables, promoting properly and producing quality recordings instead of shit demos over and over, playing shows for nothing and regretting poor decisions like excessive partying in the future. 5. Steel Panther Frontman: If I Could Bring One Musician Back From The Dead, It’d Be Motley Crue’s Vince Neil
MPAP: This headline started some mudslinging between both of the bands because obviously, Vince Neil isn’t dead; he’s just a bit overweight and can’t sing like he used to be able to do as he did in the 80s and 90s. I don’t see them ever going out on tour together anytime soon, but anyway, if you could bring any musician back from the dead, who would you choose, and why?
Jason: A very hard question for sure. On the metal side, I’d love to have Warrel Dane back so we can have more Nevermore, that was a big hit for me personally. Also, Roy Orbison and Michael Jackson. Both legends, and people I love and grew up on but never got to see. 6.Green Jelly Track Down Deadbeat Promoter And Get Paid
MPAP: A promoter stiffs Green Jelly after they performed at Old East 765 Bar & Grill in Canada, and vocalist Bill Manspeaker, as he states in his cellphone video made looking for Marcus the promoter, ‘I ain’t the guy to fuck with.’ So, the band tracks down the promoter and finds his home and demands the money owed to them. It’s funny to watch because at one-point Manspeaker is knocking on his door, saying, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.” In the end, Marcus ends up paying the band half of what money was owed to them, but at least he walked away with kneecaps still in place. So, has anything like this happened to you before, and would you do something like this?
Jason: For the moment, I don’t expect anything from anybody and probably never will. We make it a point to have music, merch and whatever else we can craft for sale so I think it’s more up to the bands to secure their cash rather than depend on people. I’ve had bands from as close as about two hours away from us want a guarantee like $250 or so and promptly told them to fuck themselves because that’s absurdity. Obviously, Green Jelly has been around and I was actually at three of those shows on that tour and they were killer! I think what Bill did might help a little bit with deadbeat promoters keeping their word and maybe throwing bands something, but it also might deter some venues from booking them, but probably not, so it may be a double-edged sword. 7.Morbid Angel & Obituary Featured As An Answer On Jeopardy!
MPAP: Jeopardy has featured answers on other episodes about popular metal bands such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, but never had any answers quite like this one. One of the writers on the hit television show has to be a metalhead for sure! So, in case you missed this episode, Alex Trebek said, 'Morbid Angel and Obituary are popular bands in this genre,' and contestant Dhruv Gaur answered with 'What is Death Metal.' Pretty cool when things like this are showing up on a popular television show. Now, if you or your band were to be mentioned on Jeopardy, what would the answer and question be? Let’s see how creative you are.
Jason: I wasn’t sure if that was real, but that’s badass! I think a proper question for us is: This band refers to their fans as 'The Collective'.
8.Oops! Stadium Accidentally Leaves Ramstein Song Blasting All Night, Annoying Neighbors
MPAP: Someone at Budapest’s Puksas Arena just happened to leave the sound system on blasting the song "Deutschland" all night long, over and over. It’s an open-air stadium that’s under construction, so the loud music bothered all that lived nearby. That worker should have had a bigger playlist than just the one song; maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad then, right? So, since the subject of the headline is about something that annoyed people, let’s find out from you; what annoys you, whether it’s out on the road, at a show, in the recording studio, or even when you’re at home, what annoy's you the most?
Jason: The most annoying thing to me about being in a band is having to wait for what I want accomplished. The whole scenario of there not being enough hours in a day and not enough money in the bank at the moment to just pick up and go and bring what’s in our heads to fruition is a constant bother to me, and I think any serious musician because it’s never off your brain, always bothering you like a mosquito in your ear. Thankfully, both recordings have gone smoother than we could have hoped. We all grew up together and see each other often so luckily, we don’t annoy each other too bad. 9. Tool Threatening To Eject Fans From Shows If They’re Caught Using Their Phones
MPAP: Once again, cellphone use at concerts makes the headlines. If you don’t remember, but a couple of years ago during a performance of Maynard’s other band A Perfect Circle, 60 people were kicked out for filming the show with their phones. And even Jack White (The White Stripes) has a no cell phone policy at his shows. So, what’s your take on it? Are cellphones that much of a distraction to where the fan should be kicked out? Do fans need to watch the show instead of looking at their phones? Does it even matter since they paid for their ticket already?
Jason: I think it’s super shitty of bands to demand that from their fans. I’ve been to one show that had that policy and it was Madonna recently. You had to put your phone in this pouch that locks with one of those devices like you see on clothing at a store. Then, after the show you had to get in line to have it opened which was a bigger pain. No matter what, picture or video you happen to take, if it’s a bigger show there’ll be nicer pictures and videos somewhere online, so put it away and have a good time!
10. Windhand Robbed In Houston, Posts List Of Stolen Gear & Belongings
MPAP: This happens way too often, it seems. It’s hard enough to make a living being a musician, and then you have a douchebag, or douchebags, break into your trailer or van and steal all your stuff while you’re out on the road. So, when you are out on tour, what extra precautions have you taken so that this hopefully doesn’t happen to you?
Jason: We have our first tour planned in March of 2020. I’ve received lots of good advice from friends that tour, and obviously common sense has a huge part in it, too. I think we’ll be fine, just wish us luck and come hang out when we’re around! 11.Machine Head Show Paused, Partially Ruined After Fan Throws Beer On The Soundboard
MPAP: This happened at a show at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England, and a fan, more like an asshole, threw a 32-ounce beer on the soundboard. After a 20-minute delay, Machine Head was able to finish the show, but not with the highest quality sound after that. First off, what a dick move to do something like that, almost ruining it for a sold-out crowd, and second, I’m sure soundboards aren't cheap, and third, who throws a 32-ounce full beer? I don’t know what beer costs there in London, but in the US, a beer that size would cost more than likely $30. So, what a waste to throw a beer. Anyways, has this ever happened to you where you saw something was thrown from the crowd, and it abruptly stopped the show for a while, and what happened?
Jason: The only time I can think of when fans were a problem at a show are the Ozzfest's. In Chicago, the venue they held it at has a big hill of just grass and people would fill cups, bottles, bags with whatever they could find, dirt, trash and other objects and have a war with the people in the seats. Linkin Park was playing at the time and had to stop and calm everything down. I remember seeing part of a metal watch fly right past my face and it actually broke the back of the seat in front of me, so that was frightening. There’s no need for any stupidity at shows, there’s enough of that in the real world. 12. Australia To Shut Down Highway For AC/DC Tribute Bands In 2020
MPAP: How cool is this? On February 19th, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of vocalist Bon Scott’s death, and the city of Perth is celebrating by shutting down six miles of the Canning Highway to celebrate so AC/DC tribute bands playing live on slow-moving trailers can drive through like a festival parade. In your hometown, what would you like the city to shut down for you or your band so everyone can celebrate?
Jason: Since we hail from the Southside of Chicago, Midway airport is right down the street, it’d be killer to shut that down for a day and invite everyone in the city that’d fit and invite a bunch of these amazing bands around here, heavy or not. No need for a parade or anything like that just let everyone jam. 13. Brazilian Researcher Names New Spider Species After Iron Maiden, Scorpions, & Angra Members
MPAP: Christina Rheims is a researcher in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and recently discovered four new spider species and happens to be a big fan of heavy metal music. Can’t get any better than that. She named the four new species Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, Extraordinarius rickalleni and Extraordinarius andrematosi, after Iron Maiden's vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine, Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen, and Angra's vocalist Andre Matos. If she happens to find another species of spiders and you’re next in line to be named after, what would you wanted the spider’s scientific name to be?
Jason: Killer Question! Carmoesonus Nightmaris. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Jason, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, Her Worst Nightmare, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Jason: I’d like to say, thank you very much for your time and this opportunity! Her Worst Nightmare isn’t going away. We have a lot planned for the future and are very optimistic. Our debut album came out 3/15/19, you can find The Ominous EP everywhere as of 1/3/2020, and we’re hitting the studio again soon to record our second Full Length to be released late 2020, as of now. Also, we’re very excited that we’ve recently signed with Misanthropik Records and look forward to working with them and hitting the road next year so if you want to see us, let us know! Please check us out and keep supporting Metal Pulp and Paper! Thank you again.
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