Music News Headline Answers With Remember The Monsters' Dominic Ruiz November 7th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Dominic, 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?
Dominic Ruiz: Doing great! I am actually just getting back from a trip to China.
MPAP: 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?
Dominic: We're a dynamic rock band originating in Tucson, Arizona, but now we all live in different places. We've been around for a few years and have vastly changed our sound since the beginning. We did just release a new single, "Close Encounters". Check it out! 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? Dominic: I saw this one! I think it's awesome that she was out enjoying herself and the music she likes regardless of what anyone might think, let alone make it to the show in the first place. I bet she would've opened that pit up back in the day! As for grandparents, I'm not sure... but our old drummer's parents showed up to one of our shows! 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.
Dominic: I saw this one too and thought that was bad ass! It sucks that they wouldn't even let him play! We played a show where one of the previous acts had a member too young to drink. They let him play onstage, but he had to come and go through the back and couldn't go into the bar area. 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. Dominic: This reminds me of the time Will Ferrell announced that he was Marshmello. It was just a gimmick. I think they're so tight lipped because it kind of dilutes the aura of mystery with the masks - and it's just a fun thing to do! 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?
Dominic: Oh man this pissed me off so much, I'm a big Ozzy fan. But not so much for the confusion as people just not looking stuff up before posting and making themselves look like idiots. It's like c'mon, you're using the internet right now! Why not take a second to look up something before posting about it, idiots. 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?Luckily not!
Dominic: Our music video for "Sink" did have our singer jump into a near freezing pool in late November. He did not have a good time. 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?
Dominic: Sounds like someone's a Slipknot fan! I view climate change like I view smoking cigarettes. It's obviously happening and it's bad, but everyone's like "meh" and will start really caring when it's too late. I don't think there's any one major culprit, a lot of things would have to change. 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?
Dominic: If anyone famous was at one of our shows we certainly didn't know about it. I don't think we're quite that popular yet. That's a good question, I would want to leave it for someone that would appreciate our music and not just stand there being famous. Also, Dave Grohl. 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?
Dominic: I hear moose hate Hollywood Undead. Maybe they actually liked the music and just wanted to get home and listen to their Spotibison accounts? I feel like if they really didn't like it, they would attack on the spot, like I do when mumble rap comes on. 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.
Dominic: History has a funny way of repeating itself... I guess we should start pressing vinyl! I actually have a friend with a very impressive vinyl collection. There's obviously a market for it somewhere! 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?
Dominic: I would like my face immortalized on cans of whatever people buy the most of, my brain automatically goes to strategic marketing. Also, at the very first show we played as a band, someone proposed to their girlfriend. We were just like, "oh right on, good for you! Not a very romantic setting, but sure!" 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?
Dominic:A cop and porn? That sounds like a conflict of interest, but I bet the uniform comes in handy. I love new technology and actually work for a big electronics corporation now. So probably something in that field. 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?
Dominic: Oh, this happens all the time, but I have to stop myself and think if it would sound as good and be as appreciated if we had recorded it instead. I've heard some pretty shitty covers. 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, 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.
Dominic: I feel like "Enter Sandman" has been way over-played. Whenever it comes on, I just change it. But kudos to them for all the hard work, they definitely deserve it! MPAP:Some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Dominic, for taking the time to answer these. We look forward to what Remember The Monstersdoes to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Dominic: Thank you so much to you guys and your audience as well! Check out our new single "Close Encounters" and follow us on all the things! We've got a lot more in store, so you don't want to miss out.