Music News Headline Answers With Shuulak's Bastiën Baron December 4th, 2019
MPAP: Thank you, Bastiën, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. 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?
Bastiën Baron: On the face of it there's an obvious answer, of course you should know the band you're apparently supporting. How dare they! Raaargh! But there's more to this, I think. It's the bands who are licensing their products to mainstream retailers with the purpose of getting them out to the general public. Bands that have become corporations themselves and transcended their metal niche to become household names. It's a bit silly to get mad at the people buying these. I think everyone involved in metal has had their run-ins with the 'scene police'. I'm not one to judge who has the right to wear anything or has the 'right qualifications'. At the end of the day it's just a t-shirt. Think of it like this: all these people are either promoting a band you like, or suckers for walking around sporting a shirt of a band you hate. 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?
Bastiën: When Ghost first started performing in The Netherlands, they were met with people chanting Sinterklaas liedjes and doing conga lines at their concerts. The band had no idea what was happening and left the stage bemused. A quick Google search of the word 'Sinterklaas' would have answered their questions. It became so much of a joke that in 2015 their show was billed as 'Papa Emeritus vs. Sinterklaas'. I've included that poster for the edification of the masses. Another short one, when Sabaton played Into The Grave Festival, the audience kept chanting "broek uit, op je hoofd, broek uit op je hoofd" (translation: take off your pants and wear them on your head). It's mostly a joke, not a real request. Joakim didn't know this and obliged. I'm not sure the audience quite expected that. 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?
Bastiën: I see we're back to Metallica. I've gotta admit I've never really understood the need for social acceptance of metal. Here is a form of music, art, lifestyle even, that goes against what society deems fit and proper. It's something for outsiders, those outside of the norm, and thematically deals with issues and imagery that are considered forbidden. Someone once said about punk: punk died the moment the second guy adopted a mohawk. It's a good point. For heavy metal to stay alive and well it must stay out of the mainstream, where fads and trends come and go as quickly as they appear. Metal is something primal. You either get it or you don't. And that's a good thing! The day metal gets accepted by a Super Bowl audience is the day you can put down on it's obituary. Speaking of Obituary, now that would be a band to put into the halftime show! 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?
Bastiën: I fully agree with this. There's not much I can add to that. 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?
Bastiën: That's a great joke and it works on many levels. If I had the power to bring back one musician, I'd break the rules and bring back two. The Cramps' Lux Interior for being the embodiment of rock 'n roll and Bolt Thrower's Martin Kearns, drummer of my favorite band.
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?
Bastiën: I totally understand this. Putting your blood, sweat and tears into your craft only to get ripped off by some lowlife? Yes, we'd want to get paid. So far, we've not encountered stuff like this. But yes, we'd want to get paid. 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.
Bastiën: Now this is an original question! Damn. Alright, serious answer. The question would have to be: 'this stadium filling Dutch metal band is named after a Babylonian demon'. 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?
Bastiën: What annoys me? Modern art in which no artistry is actually involved but comes supplied with lengthy explanations justifying its existence. Art should speak for itself. Otherwise, just write a book! Don't try and defend inane nonsense like placing jars of water on a shelf saying 'I'm not sophisticated enough to understand it'. Oh, don't you worry, I understand perfectly. The emperor has no clothes. Hell, he's not just naked, he's trying to be a smartass too! 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?
Bastiën: Phones are everywhere now. You might not like it, but that's just the way it is. As a performer I don't give a damn how people choose to enjoy themselves as long as they're not hurting others. I guess in this case Keenan's feelings got hurt? I don't know. This all seems a bit silly for a singer in a metal band to get worked up about. Can you imagine Karl Willetts throwing people out of a show because of a mobile? "You might have bought a ticket to support me, but if you don't pay attention to me in the way I want then you're out!" Say whaaaaat?! What's next: picking fights with pop singers? Oh, wait... 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?
Bastiën: This is a real danger for any musician. You just have to be vigilant. Always. 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?
Bastiën: His intention clearly was to ruin the equipment and spoil the show. Some people can't really handle being unremarkable. They don't want to put in the hours to become extraordinary at something but will rather try and ruin what others have built. It's a sad thing. Luckily, we haven't experienced this ourselves. So far, we've played to crowds who seem to like what we do and are down to party with us. 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?
Bastiën: I'd like them to shut down gravity for a few hours. Airborne mosh pit, baby! 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?
Bastiën: Oh man I love spiders! They're true bros! No spider will ever have anything to fear from me. Come to my house just to kill mosquitos? Make yourself right at home, buddy! I'd be thrilled to have a spider named after me. It'd have to be one of those trapdoor spiders. Those rock! Funnel-web tarantulas belong to a family known as Nemesiidae. So that would make it 'Nemesiida Baroni'. To quote Alexi Laiho: "Fuck! That fucking sounds metal as fuck!" MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Bastiën, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, Shuulak, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Bastiën: We just released a new EP titled Citrinitas on Bandcamp. Go check it out! We hope to see you at one of our shows soon!