Music News Headline Answers With Asylus' Davon Harper January/February 2020 • 4th Edition #87
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Davon. How are you, and are you ready for this new decade?
Davon Harper: I’m super good. So, stoked for this new decade, I think we all are. Still has the new year honeymoon phase where the drive and motivation seems its strongest, but I’m pretty sure some great things are going to go down this year and the rest of the decade. 2020 let’s take it on! MPAP: That's great to hear. 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!
Davon: Sure. My bands name is called Asylus. We are an experimental metalcore band, at least that’s what Naz, our vocalist likes to call it. We are from Southern California. We are on all streaming platforms, we just released a single called "The Wave," and will be releasing more content throughout this year, so stay tuned.
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.
Davon: I’ve read about this. Absolutely nuts. I wish I was there to witness it! Only right to do the competitors to Denny’s, which is IHOP, in my opinion. Pancakes and mosh pits: cannot get better than that. Also, shout out to Green Day for stepping in. That kid definitely probably was not expecting it to get that wild through a show of the century, and got hit with a nasty fine. The fact that they helped was super 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?
Davon: Not that I remember honestly. ICP and the Gathering of The Juggalos get wild. I wouldn’t mind throwing a rad show with those guys someday! 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?
Davon: I will say that as an artist you definitely convey your emotions through your art. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s because they got rich. I think as musicians you just sort of grow, try new things, and they are just in a different place then years ago, as we all are. 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?
Davon: That’s nuts. I literally was just going to say if it said something else this situation probably wouldn’t have happened. I think you should be allowed to 100 percent express yourself through your wardrobe. I’ve seen shirts that have gone against what I stand for, but I think the key to community is understanding we all have different viewpoints. Through conversation we can find similarities through our differences. I do think it’s right to take someone’s feelings into account when they get offended, but I don’t agree with singling someone out on their stance on something just because it doesn’t line up with your belief the way this gentleman was treated. 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?
Davon: Rock on! I say if you are healthy enough to put on the show that your fans pay, and love to see, keep at it. I’ll definitely be going until I physically can’t anymore. It's all I know. 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?
Davon: Oh I listen way beyond that amount, haha. At home and on the road some sort of music is playing. If not that, tv or something, but 99 percent of the time it’s music. I worry about my health, a lot, which is surprising because I do not take the best care of myself, haha. However, tea has been a lifesaver on the road. I bought an electric kettle from Amazon you can buy for like fifteen bucks and boil water, and yeah, tea with honey keeps the voice going like nothing else. My weakness is sour candy though. Throw anything tart at my face and the kettle that brews my teas starts to gather more dust for sure, haha. 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?
Davon: First off best wishes to them. Pain and surgery are not a fun road to deal with. If a doctor told me to stop headbanging I’d probably ease up. If they told me to not sing though that’s when I’m breaking all the rules for sure. 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?
Davon: Whenever anyone is in any type of danger at these events it is a very serious thing. I love the idea of people raging and getting their emotions out through the music we’ve gotten our feeling out through, but I think in this scenario it went a little too far, in my opinion. Well wishes to Evanescence getting equipment destroyed is never fun, and yeah let’s get crazy, but make sure these events are memorable by the connection and not destruction. 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?
Davon: Haha, Lemmy is wild. Me, I’m pretty quiet. I do like having a few though with either my band mates or bands we are on the road with. I’ve never gone super wild though. 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…
10.1: What has been your most interesting gig so far?
Davon: There was a coffee shop that was emptied out to have hardcore shows inside of it in Arizona called Fifty-One West. Super interesting when we got there, but one of my top three gigs ever. Arizona is amazing. 10.2: Is there a person out there walking this earth that you’d like to get an autograph from?
Davon: Betty White. I don’t know why but she’s dope. 10.3: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.
Davon: A Suffocating Lie. I feel like sharks would rage to 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?
Davon: I can’t top Manson in the slightest. Most I’ve ever asked for and gotten was water, haha. 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? Davon: Black Sabbath definitely created the darkness that metal contains for sure, in my opinion. First metal band I ever heard was Metallica though. I know they didn’t make metal, but they made it for me. 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?
Davon: That’s insane. Congrats to those guys for sure, that’s huge. As far as Asylus, I don't know, 300 plays are insane to me, so every time we release something I’m always blown away by the response. I will say we did a collab record with our friends in a band called Til Skies Fall, and the response it had was nuts. And it was the first time I’ve written with a group of people that got reacted too by YouTube influencer, so it holds a place in my heart for sure. 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! Anyways, so, on behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Davon, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Asylus, does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Davon: You all are wonderful, what a fun interview. Follow us on anything that’s social. Let’s build a community, stay safe.