METAL PULP AND PAPER: Hello Eric. 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?
ERIC JAYK: I'm good.
MPAP: Now give us a little run down about Wildstreet and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out soon.
ERIC:Wildstreet III, our third album, is done, and on August 23rd we released the album’s first single/music video "Tennessee Cocaine." We are planning two short tours for 2019, and then head overseas in the start of 2020. So far, the response from our fans has been great! Can’t wait til they hear the rest of WS III, and watch peeps jaws drop.
MPAP: We’re going to change up this interview and do something different. I’m going to pull some recent headlines from the Metal Injection website and get your reactions and comments on them. Here we go:
1. Celtic Frost Frontman Wishes Metallica Had Left 'Their Millionaire Fingers' Off His Song
MPAP: So, at a recent Metallica show in Switzerland, Kirk and Rob played one of Celtic Frost’s song "The Usurper" during a break in the show. According to Tom Warrior, vocalist for Celtic Frost, the two of them butchered it. He said, 'Maybe I should go onstage and do a really miserable version of [Metallica’s] "Hit the Lights" with, like, 200 mistakes to set the balance.'What do you think about this? If someone was going to cover one of your songs, do you think it should be done in good taste and without any mistakes, or it’s Metallica, and they can do whatever they want, it's no big deal?
ERIC: I like Metallica. Is that the question?! 2. A Fan Died In The Slipknot Mosh Pit This Weekend
MPAP: Very sad. So, apparently, a 62-year-old Slipknot fan died while in the mosh pit at a Chicago show. Corey Taylor had recently stopped a previous show because he saw the mosh pit was getting too violent. Accidents do happen, but do you think mosh pits at metal shows are becoming more dangerous?
ERIC: If the question is: are mosh pits more dangerous than shooting speed balls while driving a Corvette and sipping Jack Daniels, I’d say no.
3.Slayer Pulled As Primary Sponsor Of NASCAR Due To Complaints From Other Sponsors
MPAP: Really? C’mon., it’s just a band. It’s not like Satan himself will be driving the car, right?
ERIC: Perhaps NASCAR should listen to our song "Three Way Ride" and use it instead. It’s our next single btw!
4. Maynard Got Death Threats Over How Long The Tool Album Took
MPAP: Talk about some diehard fans. I think that is going a bit too far, even if you’ve been waiting 13 years, right?
ERIC: Man, it took nine years for WS III. If it isn’t the right time, or your head isn’t in it yet, don’t put music out! Maynard I’m 100% with you bro!
5. Controversial Video Shows Rob Zombie Grabbing A Female Fan By The Hair After Being Groped
MPAP: His shirt was pulled, but, nevertheless. I guess during a show Rob went out into the crowd, and an enthusastic fan reached out and pulled on his shirt. After this headline was posted, quite a few bands like Shinedown, All That Remains, and Bad Wolves defended Rob’s actions. What are your thoughts, do fans need to keep their hands to themselves?
ERIC: I don’t have any opinion on this. I am a huge Rob Zombie fan though. He is brilliant.
6. Former Weedeater Drummer Arrested For Allegedly Spiking Wife’s Drink With Meth
MPAP: Umm, this doesn’t look like they have a very good marriage going on for this to have happened. Do you think they need some marriage counseling or what?
ERIC: How does one spike a drink with meth? I have only snorted it and smoked it.
7. Walmart Shoppers Call The Cops On Metal Band for… Sitting In A Van Parking Lot
MPAP: This happened right after the tragic Dayton, Ohio shooting where ten people were killed, including the shooter, and 27 others were injured. The gunman just happened to be a metalhead because he was wearing a The Acacia Strain hoodie. It’s good that people report things, but this could turn out that every traveling metal band that’s parked in a Walmart parking lot are going to get reported now. What do you think?
ERIC: Let me answer this question a different way. Before Walmart parking lot:
And after Walmart:
8. People Are Going Wild For This Rant Tommy Lee Shared Against Donald Trump
MPAP: The rant/tweet is quite a bit long, so I'm not going to torture you to read it, but I will say this: should musicians talk or write about politics? In a way, it’s like their forcing their beliefs down our throats. What are your thoughts?
ERIC: Sounds like Tommy and Donald need to listen to more Wildstreet.
9. James Hetfield Calls Woman Who Used Metallica’s Music To Fend Off Cougar
MPAP: A young lady, was out walking her dog when off in the distance a cougar began to stalk her. She eventually played a Metallica song on her phone to scare it away, and it worked. She definitely had luck and the power of music on her side, right? What song of yours do you think would scare off a hungry cougar?
ERIC: "Mother" off our new album Wildstreet III.
10.While She Sleeps Release Free T-Shirt Design To Clue Fans Into How Much Streaming Doesn’t Pay
MPAP: This is what the design said: One T-shirt is the equivalent to 5000 streams on Spotify. 76% of all music is streamed and not bought physically or digitally. Band merchandise is the most direct way of supporting a band. Sadly, buying music isn’t the same anymore. Back in the day, it used to be fun to buy an actual album or CD, don’t you think?
ERIC: CDs bought at shows are like fans buying a tangible memory of a great night or a great show. In other countries, CD sales are much more common i.e.: Japan. Right now, my goal is to get my music and get in front of rocks fans worldwide who have long requested us to come to them. I figure if we kick ass, we’ll sell our shit. If I work hard to give our fans 120%, they will undoubtably buy merch. It’s all relative man.
11. David Hasselhoff Teams Up With Ministry Frontman For "Sweet Caroline" Cover
MPAP: All I can say is, this should be interesting. Hopefully, it’s not a train wreck for David. Worth a listen to when it comes out though. What do you think of this collaboration?
ERIC: The real question is do they want me and Dominick to trade guitar leads on it? I’d consider it.
MPAP: On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you,Bryan, for taking the time to answer these headline questions. We look forward to what Rig Time! does to finish out 2019 and beyond.
ERIC: Thank you so much for the interview! We appreciate you taking the time to think of interesting ways to ask these questions. You rock!
MPAP: Any last words for all your fans out there?
ERIC: Wildstreet fans have waited a long time for our new music! We need your support now more than ever to help us get the most momentum we can and get ourselves on the road on the right tours! Show our music/music videos to your friends. Share our songs/videos on your socials. We build this together! I promise you, we will come to your cities, countries, where ever you may be, and give you 110% every night. Wildstreet is ready to rock! Use this link https://ffm.to/tennesseecocaine to get to our new single on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Google Play Music, etc and to our official video on YouTube!