Music News Headline Answers With The Dodies Yoni Avittan and Ran Aronson January/February 2020 • 4th Edition #73
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello. How are you, and are you ready for the next decade?
Yoni Avittan/Ran Aronson: Hey! We’re hanging in there. As ready for the 20s as we can be.
MPAP: Well, 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!
Yoni/Ran: We are The Dodies. A garage duo from Southern Israel. Yoni Avittan is the frontman/guitarist. Ran Aronson plays the drums, synth bass and does backing vocals. Our debut album It’s One Hell of a Ride will be coming out very soon. It was produced by Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal who flew all the way over to the Middle East to help us channel our angst.
MPAP: 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.
Yoni/Ran: Anywhere that would inspire Green Day to donate us $2,000 would be a great gig to have. We’ve had some trashy shows in trashy places over the years. The things that make a show good or bad are mainly the crowd and its reaction. As long as the crowd is in the moment with us, we don’t mind having a show at the gates of hell.
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?
Yoni/Ran: We don’t really want to take our parents anywhere, and yet they seem to follow us to every show. We make it to most shows we get called to play, since Israel is a very small place. But there was a missed tour we were supposed to go on, in support of the band Local H in the Midwest. It fell apart due to bureaucracy issues. Instead of flying to the states, Yoni found himself crying while mopping floors at a shitty catering job, being screamed at by a grumpy Middle Eastern boss.
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?
Yoni/Ran: We can believe Metallica are still pissed off about stuff, despite their richness. As long as you write from a genuine place, and try to reflect through music whatever your mind is going through, it probably doesn’t matter if you’re pissed off, or calm, or anxious.
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?
Yoni/Ran: If she hadn’t been asked to leave the plane, we wouldn’t be talking about the story. It sounds like she was successful at pissing them off. Dressing up weird where we live have gotten many eyes pointed our way and people aggressively asking if we’re gay. At airports they don’t seem to care about how we dress, as much as what passport we have in our pockets.
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?
Yoni/Ran: We feel like we’re only just beginning to get into the touring world, so it’s hard to say if we’d like it enough to keep doing it until we reach our 80’s. Although we’ve always thought of a peaceful life in a cabin as a nice retirement plan, for our post touring lives.
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?
Yoni/Ran: We probably are listening to the daily recommended amount, but whoever did this study, probably didn’t research people who had to listen to trap music. We try to stay in shape in general, but the 'on the road' part is hard when your country is only big enough for half a day’s drive. So every cheeseburger we eat when we drive across America is still a blessing.
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?
Yoni/Ran: The head bang health debate has been a strong one over the years in the band since we both suffer from severe bangovers after our shows. Yoni’s been given some neck exercises by an orthopedist that, as of right now, have been soothing the pain. Overall our future headbanging is a touchy subject, and we would prefer doctors and Metal Pulp And Paper to respect our spinal freedom by not bringing this subject up ever again.
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?
Yoni/Ran: At the beginning of the interview we said we would perform 'at the gates of hell.' This should not be taken literally. We would probably be very miserable to have our equipment burned by buffoons.
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?
Yoni/Ran: We’re trying not to drink too much. In comparison to Lemmy, our 'not too much' is one beer. But if we met Dave Grohl, and he offered to drink a whole bottle of scotch with us, we’d be prisoners to his will.
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…
What has been your most interesting gig so far? Is there a person out there walking this earth that you’d like to get an autograph from? 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.
Just go with it; we’re almost done with all the questions, lol.
Yoni/Ran: We were in complete awe reading the Kiss story. The closest we’ve gotten to playing in front of sharks was our first show in America, playing at a crawfish boiling party held by rednecks. They were very nice and hospitable. After we played the show, they had a chugging competition with the crawfish oil. They winner’s screams from the bathroom, "my anus is on fire," definitely overshadowed our show. The autograph we would like to receive the most is from the guy in charge of Ran’s artist visa so we can tour peacefully in the states. We are one of the only bands in the city we live in. Unfortunately, Be’er Sheva, Israel doesn’t have much of a happening rock scene. The sharks may go on their daily seal hunt, instead of waiting for us to shout out to a non-existent band.
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?
Yoni/Ran: Our requests might be a bit more modest than a bald-headed, toothless hooker. Yoni’s backstage perk would be a room alone to meditate in. Ran’s perk would be a PS4 with Uncharted 4, but only it’s multiplayer.
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?
Yoni/Ran: We are a part of the Black Sabbath team. Wasn’t it Ozzy who thought that if people enjoy watching horror movies, they could also appreciate dark music?
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?
Yoni/Ran: One thing we’re really proud of are the patrons that have supported us and stuck their necks out in belief in our music. Who would have thought Alison Eldridge, a punk rocker mortgage dealer from Texas, would invest so much in a young garage band from Israel and help them reach the holy hands of Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, who’s been a real mentor. It makes the prospects of selling a billion records seem more likely.
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, Yoni and Ran, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, The Dodies, does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Yoni/Ran: It’s been a pleasantly challenging interview to answer! Hope it makes you think about life, and The Dodies.