Music News Headline Answers With Sharp Violet's Liz Schopp January/February 2020 • 4th Edition #79
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Liz.Thank you for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s Music News Headline Questions. We appreciate it. Before we get started though, tell us a little about your band and what we might need to know. And, of course, if you’ve got new music, or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it so we can pummel our eardrums!
Liz Schopp:Sharp Violet is a Riot grrrl punk band from Lindenhurst, New York. The band consists of Liz on Vocals, Jessica Sapphire on Lead Guitar, Marie On Bass, Alli on Rhythm Guitar, and Jasmine on drums. Forming in 2016, we quickly made a name for ourselves as one of the few all female rock bands in the Long Island music scene. We have played over 50 shows including venues such as Revolution, Amityville Music Hall, Lucky 13, Pianos, and Bowery Electric. We’ve also played at Convention Hall and the University of Delaware for the Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market. Sharp Violet has opened for such acts as Murphy’s Law, Michale Graves formerly of the Misfits, Janet Gardner of Vixen, and The Bullet Boys. Our music is available on all streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music as well as Bandcamp. We filmed our first music video back in October 2019 for our single "Domino Effect," inspired by the #metoo movement.You can watch it on Youtube. We’re releasing our next single, "She’s So Strange," at the end of January and plan to release an EP in the summer.
MPAP: Great to hear. So, just in case you or the reader are new to this, this is how it all works, it won’t sting a bit. We here at the Metal Pulp And Paper headquarters pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions. Pretty simple, just like putting on your pants one leg at a time. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go. Putting on your seat belt is totally up to you… 1. Hardcore Show In A Denny's Restaurant Results In Hundreds of Dollars In Damages
MPAP: So, this 17-year-old kid, Bryson Del Valle, booked his first DIY show at a Denny’s restaurant for the punk band Wacko. Obviously, Denny’s is not the ideal spot to play a hardcore music show, or is it? Still, somehow Bryson pulled it off at the Santa Anna restaurant other than the damages done to the establishment. First off, I guess the show sold out, so maybe Bryson is onto something here. Can’t imagine why Denny’s agreed to it, what were they thinking? So, I guess the question is, where would you like your band to perform that is not the ordinary place to play, and maybe get a bit wild and wreak havoc on some table and chairs? And since the story has gone viral, Green Day donated $2,000 to help pay for the damages.
Liz: We love playing in unique locations and venues. We’ve played some pretty unconventional venues already such as a public library, haunted house, and a wedding. They were some of our favorite shows. We love ice cream, so playing at a Friendly’s might be pretty cool. 2. Meth Recounts Hilariously Crazy Story Of Missing Their Gathering Of The Juggalos Set
MPAP: Every year Insane Clown Posse puts on a music festival called Gathering Of The Juggalos, and let’s just say it’s not a music fest you’d want to take your parents to or go there on your first date. Shit, what do I know, maybe you would want to take them there? Either way, you’re going to see some fucked up shit happening there. Anyways, one of the members of Meth told a crazy story about trying to get there to play but was unable to find the right stage they were to play on that day. Now, what about you, any crazy band stories about missing a show, or about almost missing a show that is memorable?
Liz: We were supposed to play this show back in 2017, the booker was so disorganized. The venue changed locations not once, not twice, but three times, and then it ended up being canceled due to a blizzard. 3.Destruction Vocalist on Metallica: "Once You're A Billionaire, What Should You Be Pissed Off About?"
MPAP: I don’t think Lars or James are billionaires just yet, but maybe in another year or two, who knows? Schmier, Destruction’s vocalist, said in an interview that Metallica's lack of heaviness and anger over the years has to do with the fact that Metallica got rich. Do you think that’s a fair assumption that if you’re no longer pissed off about anything in the world, or whatever it will reflect in your music.
Liz: Inspiration can come from anywhere whether you’re rich, poor, happy or sad. Just because you’re well off, doesn’t mean that all of the world’s problems go away. Artists also evolve and grow as individuals and a band, they may not be playing the same style of music they played 10, 20, 30 years ago, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 4. Airline Forces Woman Wearing "Hail Satan" Shirt To Either Change or Get Off The Plane
MPAP: Satanism is officially recognized as a religion in the United States now. Still, it was far too much for one American Airlines crew to handle, who forced a passenger to change her shirt if she wanted to remain on board the plane. She was escorted up to the front of the aircraft and told to remover her shirt or get kicked off the plane. She eventually covered up the 'so-called offensive' shirt with one of her husbands. What are your thoughts on this? If her shirt had said 'Hail Jesus', no one would probably have even have batted an eye. So, should you be allowed to wear anything you want out in public? What if your favorite shirt could be offensive to one person, but not to others, what do you do? Ever had someone report you to someone or just glare at you for what you were wearing at an airport, or anywhere in public before?
Liz: First, society seems to be too focused on what clothing women and girls wear. Whether it’s this passenger or a female student in school wearing a tank top and shorts, people should be able to wear what they want. Clothing is a form of self-expression and in this particular case, we have freedom of religion. If you don’t like someone’s shirt, then don’t wear it. 5. Lars Ulrich Can See Metallica Going For Another 20 Years
MPAP: Metallica formed as a band in 1981, so, in the year 2020, that would put them at touring the World for 38 years. So, add another 20 more years, that would then put them at touring just under six decades. Is that even fathomable to think about? But check this out, Dame Vera is the UK's best-selling female artist. She began performing publicly at the age of seven and is still performing to this day. Her first radio broadcast was with the Joe Loss Orchestra in 1935. That’s 85 years so far. So, try and beat that Metallica! Now how far ahead do you see yourself going? Do you still want to be performing five, ten, or even 20 years from now?
Liz: Definitely! Music has been a big part of our lives, and we don’t think that will ever change. We’re playing in a band and writing music because we enjoy it, we have fun. As long as it’s still fun, we’re going to keep playing. 6. New Study Says Listening To 78 Minutes Of Music Daily Is Important To Your Health
MPAP: Well, first off, are you listening to the recommended amount? And then, what do you do at home vs. out on the road to stay healthy or keep in shape? Do you worry about your health while out on the road? After a while, the same truck stop corn dog and burrito has to get old eating all the time, right? What are some of the main obstacles you have to deal with?
Liz: Between driving/commuting to work and just listening to music at home, we probably listen to 78 minutes a day of music, if not more. We haven’t toured yet, but have played some out of state shows that turn into weekend trips. It’s definitely hard to eat healthy when have a show because we usually eat late at night after the show’s over, burgers and chicken fingers at 2am probably isn’t the best meal. 7. Jason Newsted Told By Doctors To Stop Headbanging
MPAP: Recently Newsted, formerly of Flotsam & Jetsam and Metallica, said that 25 years of headbanging has finally caught up with him, and it’s time to, as doctors have told him over the years, it’s time to 'stop spinning the head.' Luckily, he doesn’t have to get surgery yet, but Slayer’s bassist Tom Araya was not as fortunate and had to have anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery done in 2010. So, what’s something if the doctor told you to do stop doing, you would stop doing. And then on the other side of the coin, what’s something if he told you to stop doing, you wouldn’t do because you like it so much?
Liz: I think it’s important if you plan on doing anything long term, make adjustments and follow medical advice so that you can keep doing what you love. I wouldn’t give up playing music, if it came down to that I’ll just die on stage. 8. KNOTFEST Mexico Canceled After Fans Rush The Stage, Breaking Barricades. MPAP: A security safety issue prevented fans from seeing the rest of Knotfest after the stage barricade broke during Behemoth's set, and it was impossible to fix it in time for the final two acts of the night, Evanescence and Slipknot, so, in the end, the rest of the show was canceled, and this did not sit well many. In pictures and video footage that surfaced, it shows many fans getting onto the stage and destroying some of Evanescence’s equipment, and set fire to Will Hunts drum set. Obviously, you don’t want this kind of shit to happen. The fans took it too far, music was more important than the safety of others. What’re your thoughts on this?
Liz: I see it from both perspectives. Of course, the safety of people is absolutely the priority. However, as a fan, I know I’d be pretty disappointed if I paid to see my favorite band and then they didn’t perform. Obviously, I would never destroy someone’s equipment, especially the equipment of the band that I was a fan of. We like bands because of the music they play and then to destroy the instruments they use to play the music that we like is pretty stupid and selfish. It wasn’t Evanescence’s fault that the organizers of the festival couldn’t repair the damages. 9. Alice Cooper Says Lemmy's Idea Of Not Drinking Was "Maybe Just Five Or Six Drinks"
MPAP: Alice explained that one time that Lemmy from Motorhead told him he had quit drinking. Lemmy’s idea of not drinking was not drinking a bottle of whiskey each night. Maybe just five or six drinks. Are the days of excessive drinking and partying over with? What is life out on the road for you? Are you quiet when you’re not on tour, but look out, when the tour begins you can’t wait to hang out with the other bands and have a few drinks?
Liz: None of us are big drinkers, so we never had an issue with that impacting our playing. We do go crazy on pizza and ice cream though. We hang out outside of the band all the time and we’re best friends with this other local band, Steve And The Not Steves. We even go on vacations together. 10.Kiss Played A Show For Great White Sharks But No Sharks Actually Showed Up
MPAP: I think this is the first music headline that I can’t think of anything to come up with for a question, but it just seemed so good not to talk about it. Let’s see what I can come up with in the end; either way, let’s continue. So, anyways, some Air-B-N-B company paid Kiss probably a butt load of money to perform live on a boat, like they needed it anyway, but it was for a good cause, and some fans got once in a lifetime performance. Hmmm, now that I’m thinking about it, is this Bryson’s second booking to have a band perform in a not so-usual-place? Knowing this outcome, I think he needs to stick with restaurants and book his next show at a Red Lobster. Don’t worry; it wasn’t him that booked it. But anyways, to get to the moral of the story, if anyone cares, Kiss set up and actually performed live on a boat off the coast of Port Lincoln in support of the Australian Marine Conservation Society in front of like eight special die-hard fans. The whole idea of the debacle was that Kiss would play some songs, and then sharks swimming in the area would show up because they 'love the low-frequency sounds of rock and roll.' Bassist Gene Simmons was very impressed with the whole ordeal and even said, "Guys, this is probably the most interesting gig I’ve ever done. I’d want my own autograph after this." Bam! I’ve got it! Let’s go with this, (fireworks and sirens wailing), let’s have the first-ever Metal Pulp And Paper Headline Questions three-part question. This is exciting. Mary, drum roll please…
MPAP: What has been your most interesting gig so far?
Liz: It’s a tough question, we’ve had some pretty interesting gigs. One of the coolest shows we’ve ever played was at Jason’s Woods in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Jason’s Woods features five unique haunted houses in the middle of Amish Country! We were playing with two other bands, Demonscar, who booked the show, and Steve And The Not Steves. They had different monsters running around scary guests as they waited in line. Seeing Pennywise chase children in a field as we played was one of the most memorable experiences for us as a band.
MPAP: Is there a person out there walking this earth that you’d like to get an autograph from?
Liz: Kathleen Hanna, the founder of Riot grrrl.
MPAP: And then, give a shout out to a local band from your home town out there that you think the sharks would have shown up to listen to instead of Kiss.
Liz:Steve And The Not Steves! Not only are they our brother band, but they are an incredible pop punk band, and any sea creature would be lucky to hear them! 11.Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Talks Backstage Perks: Their Own Dressing Rooms, Masseuses & Personal Assistants
MPAP: Must be nice, I guess, right? I don’t know how true this one is, but alongside Haribo gummy bears in his dressing room, Marilyn Manson reportedly has asked for a 'bald-headed, toothless hooker' in his rider at one point in his music career. What have been some of your backstage perks that you’ve gotten or asked for before? Can you top Manson’s?
Liz: When we played at the University of Delaware through the Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market, they had a green room for us filled with pizza, cookies, cakes and all kinds of snacks. It was definitely the star treatment! If we could pick some perks it would be a sloth, Oprah soup, Cadbury Eggs, and five cats in the green room. 12. Pete Townshend Says The Who "Sort Of Invented Heavy Metal" In 1970
MPAP: Ya right! And this is coming from a guy that recently said in an interview he’s glad drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle are dead and gone and no longer in The Who. What a dick. Anyways, who do you think invented Heavy Metal music in your eyes. Some say Black Sabbath’s self-titled album in 1970 was the birth of Heavy Metal music. Others argue that Blue Cheer's 1968 record Vincebus Eruptum is the first heavy metal album, while others say Coven's 1969 album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls is where it all started. Maybe you have a total different take on it?
Liz: Black Sabbath. 13.Metallica's 1991 Self-Titled Album Breaks New Billboard Record
MPAP: Yes, I know, I know. Not another Metallica question. What can I say they make a lot of news headlines. So, the Black album is approaching 17 million sales in the United States while cresting over 31 million worldwide and has sold so well that it's now become one of the only four albums in history, of any genre, to be on the Billboard 220 for 550 non-consecutive weeks. That’s over ten years? At one point I think I heard it sells like 5,000 copies a week. I wonder how many warehouses Lars has rented over the years to store them all? Anyways, blah, blah blah, either way, it’s quite the accomplishment, but more importantly, what about your band? What is something that you’re proud of that has happened, and why?
Liz: We’ve had two songs declared Best Song of the Year for 2018 and 2019 by Rich Quinlan of Jersey Beat. In 2018, Rich selected our song "These Are The Rules, Boys" as his number one song for that year, even beating out Sick Of It All. Then, for 2019 he selected our song "Domino Effect." It’s quite an honor, when you think about all the songs that were released in those years. MPAP: Well, that wraps up another edition of Metal Pulp And Paper’s Headline Questions, and those were some great answers. Now Mary, tell them what they’ve won. Mary? Hey Mary! Shit, we can’t find Mary, haha! So, on behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Liz, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Sharp Violet, does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Liz: Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to our music on Spotify, Apple and Bandcamp. Stay Tuned!