Music News Headline Answers With Ditch Digger's Ian Boynton December 12th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Thank you, Ian, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. Before we get started though, tell us a little about your band. And, of course, if you’ve got new music, or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it.
Ian Boynton: Hey man. Thanks for having me. My name is Ian Boynton. I proudly sing for the Portland, Oregon Metal band Ditch Digger. "Who’s Ditch Digger," some of ya may ask? We have been quiet for quite some time, so that’s a fair question. We are a band full of members of other bands, that doesn’t sound anything like those other bands. Heavily influenced by a lot of music that comes from the south, weird shit, and weed. We’ve been laying low for a couple of years, but are in the process of coming back, swinging for the fences. New music, a new member, and a fire that has been lit up again. So, if you don’t know, you will know! MPAP: So, just in case the reader is 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?
Ian: This is something I struggle with. Is it fair to have an opinion about this? Maybe not, but It’s fair to call someone out for it. Haha. Seriously, though. This is my take: I think that being a fan of metal music, the culture, and the bands that come with it is a personal thing. To take it and turn it into an ironic fashion statement is stupid. Especially if you can’t even respect the artist enough to name three fucking songs they wrote. This doesn’t go for just metal, though. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen kids, who smoke weed, wearing Bob Marley shit, but can’t name one of his songs. It’s just something these people do to 'fit in' or look cool. 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?
Ian: I can’t say that it’s something I’ve seen from my pedestal, but I did see it happen at a Lollapalooza festival, many years ago, during a set by the 80s group Devo, who fucking killed it, btw. I thought it was bad ass that kids gave Devo their time of day and showed them a good time. After all, the crowd was there for Metallica, who were the headliners that year. 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?
Ian: Look. This goes way beyond the Super Bowl, or things of that like. The bottom line is this, metal/heavy music will never get the respect that it deserves, especially in this country. In most cases, the subject matter and the instrumentation, the notes, the sounds, the structures of the songs, is above people’s heads. You’ll never see a jazz band play any of those events, right? It’s easier for people to digest a repetitive beat, lyrics about relationships or parties, and eye candy. You don’t have to think when you’re listening to Beyoncé, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, or any of that horse shit. I will also add this, I don’t want to see the bands I respect reduce themselves to a backing track and the dog and pony show. Leave that to the ones who don’t have the actual talent to do it on their own, without all of that help. And, besides; if Metallica wasto play the Super Bowl, you won’t hear the songs you like anyways. Not only that, Prince raised the bar at Super Bowl XLI (41). Nobody is going to touch that, as far as I’m concerned. 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?
Ian: I’ve been writing music most of my life. Up until I got sober in 2008, I did it all fucked up. Since then, I believe the stuff I’ve written is way better than the stuff I wrote before I got my shit together. Besides; for me, drugs and alcohol don’t bring out creativity. Life does. But I will be honest though, most of my favorite records are from bands who were fucked up when they wrote and recorded them, and I have found myself saying, when they release music after they got sober; "I wish that they’d get fucked up again." Haha. 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?
Ian: I’m not going to pick anyone that everyone knows. The dude I would bring back from the dead is my dear friend Ethan Batman. Guitar player for Desmodus,and, the heaviest band I have ever played with and heard, On Enemy Soil. Now, I’m not exaggerating when I say this, he wrote some of the grooviest and heaviest guitar shit I’ve ever heard. He had his own style that stuck out like a sore dick. And I mean heavy! But, It goes beyond his playing. I miss him a lot and I would give anything just to hear his voice again. He was one of a kind. One more thing, Motley Crue can eat poop! 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?
Ian: Ha! Nothing has happened to me like this. And, if it did, you bet your ass I’d make a spectacle out of it. Most people, who know me, know that I am not the quiet type when it comes to someone doing me, my family, or my band dirty. Besides, I used to be a promoter and I am not stupid. It’s a smaller world than what people seem to think it is. Bands talk and people find out. It ruins a career really quick if you’re out there screwing touring bands. Especially if that band has been around awhile, regardless of status. 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.
Ian: A band whose initials are D.D. and sometimes go by Double D, but has nothing to do with tits, even though their members are a bunch of old and wrinkly boobs. Who is Ditch Digger? 8. Oops! Stadium Accidentally Leaves Ramstein Song Blasting All Night, Annoying Neighbor 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?
Ian: You’re asking a 42-year-old dude what annoys him? Hahaha. Right now, it’s Christmas. Everything about it. The snow, the music, the people, the stores, the traffic, you name it. I hate it all. 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?
Ian: People have allowed their phones to make them feel intitled. And that can take many shapes and forms. Be it; using the devise while driving, taking pics of others less fortunate, or less attractive so that it can be posted, with a snide remark, to make one’s self feel better, or, in this case, to be used to distract the artist and fans from a great concert experience in order for you to jerk off to it at home. Now, I’m guilty of it in small ways. I do find myself taking a few pics of the bands when they hit the stage, or film a few minutes of a song I like. In all cases though, it’s not even a minute’s worth of time during the performance. I prefer to just enjoy the show. I won’t lie though. I do get excited when I see a show I was at on YouTube, later on. It’s cool to relive the experience without the drunk assholes, smell of sweat, and the bathroom lines! All in all, I think it’s up to the artist. In the case of Tool; they are one of those bands that should be appreciated in a live setting. It’s part of their art. Leave the phones in your pocket and enjoy their art. Respect it! 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? Ian: It’s a sad reality that this happens, no matter how prepared you might think you are. Luckily, I’ve never had it happen, but I do not rule it out. We do our best to keep our gear within eye shot, or make sure one of us is close to it. Thieves will always find a way. Just be diligent and mindful. 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?
Ian: I can’t say that I’ve ever witnessed anything such as what Machine Head went through. There’s always going to be unruly fans at shows. Especially when alcohol is being served. It is what it is. Luckily for M.H., they had pros to fix the situation, allowing them to continue performing for those fans who didn't fuck shit up for the rest of 'em. 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? Ian: I would ask that the city shut down internet service and provide free joints, of the finest herb, so that we could all focus on enjoying each other with smiles on our faces. No distractions. No bullshit. Just good tunes, good smoke, and good people embracing the music and each other’s company. Celebrate life, man! 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?
Ian: I hate spiders. With that being said, the spider name, inspired by me, should be called Extraordinarius fuckallofthemius! MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Ian, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, Ditch Digger, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Ian: Thank you, Metal Pulp And Paper, for having me. This was fun to do. The rest of ya’ll, check out Ditch Digger on Facebook (Ditch Digger PDX) and Twitter (@DitchDIgger2008). You will be seeing us more than you want, I promise. Speaking for myself, our new stuff will make our old stuff seem weak and I’m looking forward to playing music for people again. We are back! Wear a helmet.