METAL PULP AND PAPER: Hello everyone. 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. Now give us a little run down about your band and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out or any tour announcements you can share here?
VEN:Evernoir is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and focuses on abuse and suicide awareness. We just finished tracking our second album, set to release in December 2019. Our newest single, "Welcome Back To The Truth," was just released in September and is now live on most streaming services.
MPAP: So, for anyone new to this, we changed things up and are doing something different. We've pulled some recent headlines from the Metal Injection website and get reactions and comments on them from bands all over the world. We did this last month, with different headlines, of course, and it was fun to read each group's different answers. So, please place your seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, and hang on, here we go again.
1. Granny Caught Rocking Out To Slipknot
MPAP: At a recent Knotfest show an elderly woman, even with her cane in hand, is caught on video rocking out to Slipknot. The story doesn’t mention her age, but I would say she’s in the prime of at least her 70s. What do you think of granny rocking out to Slipknot? Have you ever seen any older folks rocking out at any of your shows before?
VEN: I know a lot of people in their later years who still very much enjoy music and metal. The fact that she has the energy to go enjoy a concert is rad as hell! We have had a few older people head banging at our shows, but they don't stand up to Grannyknot!
2. Metal Guitarist Too Young To Play Bar Plays Outside With Wireless System Instead
MPAP: The band Ancient Burials had a bit of a dilemma when they played a show at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Their guitarist was underage and not allowed into the bar to play. Some places will mark your hand with an 'X' identifying you’re a minor and let you play. Not the Hawthorne Theatre with Oregon’s liquor laws. So, instead of them canceling the show, fellow bandmates Paradigm Shift hooked him up with a wireless pack, and he went outside and played. The bar had an open window so you could see the band playing inside and he was outside shredding it out on the street. It’s a great video to watch.
VEN: It's nice when bandmates work together to stick it to the man! It sucks they got slammed with that unfortunate situation, but at least they had the tools to still be able to perform.
3. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Reveals Himself As Slipknot’s Tortilla Man
MPAP: Obviously, someone brilliant out there got him to announce that, probably on one of those Celebrity Cameos or something. In all seriousness, does it even matter who Tortilla Man is? And why do you think Slipknot is so strict on revealing who new band members are? They had this previous issue when Paul Gray passed away and was replaced by Alessandro Venturella, and also when Jay Weinberg replaced Joey Jordison.
VEN: The closer I get to Gilbert Gottfried, the more uncomfortable I feel. I don’t really see any need to know who Tortilla Man is. Like, the band is good. They have their aesthetic. I don’t see why we need to know every little thing about the band. Just let them enjoy what they do. The mystery that really needs solving is why Korn doesn't have a Korn Tortilla Man.
4. These Post Malone Fans Are Just Hearing About Ozzy For The First Time Thanks To New Collaboration
MPAP: Recently Post Malone recorded a song called "Take What You Want," and it featured Ozzy Osbourne. Honestly, it’s not a lousy collaboration between the two. Wasn’t expecting it to be a good song. Anyways, what gets me is some people, mainly his fans were saying thanks to Post Malone he just gave this Ozzy guy a career. They obviously have no idea! Even back in 2015, it was almost the same thing, Kayne West did a song with Paul McCartney, and Kayne’s fans were saying Kayne just gave Paul a career in the music business. Really c’mon? So, my question is, should the history of music be taught in school or something? Shouldn’t the younger generation know who Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney are?
VEN: We can't expect people to know about every legendary artist; if they haven't heard of them, that's a great opportunity to introduce someone to some great music. Tune in and go off the rails of the crazy train.
5. Sabaton Involved In 'Serious Traffic Accident' In Tunisia, Cancel Tonight’s Show
MPAP: Luckily everyone is ok now, but do you have any scary tour bus accident stories that you can share with us? Or, if no accidents, any close calls where you thought you might die?
VEN: On our way back from a show in Iowa, we woke up to discover that Vic had driven us into someone's driveway and backyard in attempts to reach the highway. There's nothing like waking up in someone's back country property to make you wonder if you're going to get a shotgun in your face.
6. Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg: The Effects of Climate Change Are Undeniable
MPAP: Some say there is no such thing as climate change, or some say it is getting better. Both sides of the party point fingers at each other. Even back in February of this year, Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old democratic socialist, wanted us to get to the point of where air travel would stop becoming necessary, and believes farting cows are responsible for the climate change and we need to get rid of them. What are your thoughts on climate change?
VEN: We think it exists and we need to stop treating the world like a garbage can. It's not too late to make changes.
7.Nicole Kidman Attended An Iron Maiden Show with Her Husband, Keith Urban
MPAP: Never would have expected that couple to be into Iron Maiden, but still cool either way. It’s good to know that music can reach anyone. So, have you ever had anyone famous that you know of attend one of your shows? If not, who would you like to leave a ticket for at will call to come to your next show?
PAUL: Jack Black. Dude’s hilarious and a genius at his craft. I would love the opportunity to chill with him and get his thoughts on our music.
VIC: Betty White.
NATHAN: Keanu Reeves because he's so breathtaking.
LANCE: Emily Autumn. I would love to hear her input.
VEN: Lacey Sturm. That lady kicks butt, takes names, and twirls like a rock princess through it all. She is nothing less than an inspiration.
8.Yellowstone Police Are Using AC/DC To Clear Bison Off The Road
MPAP: In our previous headlines feature Metallica was blasted to scare away a cougar, and now bison are being blasted by AC/DC. It makes you think, what animal is next, and then how long until the animal kingdom doesn’t put up with this anymore and revolts against humans?
VEN: Then we play something heavier.
9. Vinyl On Pace To Outsell CDs in 2019
MPAP: Buying albums seems to be the trendy hip thing it looks like again. Since streaming services are the popular norm, it’s good that records are making a comeback, but sad in a way, because CDs will become extinct.
VEN: I think there’s always going to be shifts in what media is used. I know a lot of people who still really like vinyl records, but I think the accessibility of having endless music at our fingertips outweighs switching CDs constantly.
10. Dude Who Tried To Swim Back Into Slayer Show After Being Ejected Immortalized on Beer Can
MPAP: The guy that tried to swim back into a Slayer show is from 2018, but him being immortalized on a beer can is new. This is a two-part question. Which beer can would you like your face on, and while out on tour, what is the craziest thing a fan has done that you have seen?
VEN: We were just having this debate last week. A few of us would like PBR. Some of us would love to see our dumb faces on a White Claw. Could you imagine? The fans have been relatively tame so far, but we did get to sign a fan's chest next to her arc reactor tattoo.
11. Former Five Finger Death Punch Drummer’s New Gig: A Horror Porn Anthology Series
MPAP: Yep, you read it right, former Five Finger DeathPunch drummer’s new gig is in the porn business. Not only is Jeremy Spencer a part-time cop in Indiana now, but now he writes, directs, and even stars in his pornos. Crazy. So, my question is, what is your dream job if you weren’t performing in a band? If you had to hang things up in the music business, what would you rather be doing?
PAUL: Filming bands. I have a film degree, so definitely something creative for sure that coincides with music.
VIC: I want to be a dildomancer.
NATHAN: A fantasy or sci-fi writer.
LANCE: Story writer for video games.
VEN: Professional cosplayer. Nothing like playing someone else every single day!
12. Flaw Accused of Plagiarizing You Tuber’s Song, Vocalist Said He Had No Idea
MPAP: This isn’t really a question about that headline, but it made me think and want to ask, is there one song out there that some band has recorded, and it’s so good that you wish you could claim it as your own song?
VEN: "The Grey" by Icon For Hire... It was the first of theirs that I heard, and I immediately lamented that I hadn't thought of the concept of 'caught in the grey' first.
VIC: "Paranoia" by A Day To Remember. I wish I had thought of a breakdown that sweet.
13.Metallica Named 'World’s Biggest Touring Act' According to New Study
MPAP: Even though they’ve released a few records that some fans can’t stand, that still hasn’t stopped them by selling over 22 million tickets and grossed $1.4 billion in touring since 1982. That’s very impressive. So, I guess the question would be, lets rain on their parade for a moment, what’s your least favorite Metallica song that you must turn off or turn down when it’s on the radio? And by no means, this is no disrespect to Metallica at all. I think they are man enough to handle hearing which songs or albums are not fan favorites. It's just for fun and games, until we shot our eye out.
VEN: Not every album will be as good as the next. Metallica gave us some great music- but you're going to strike out eventually. Side note that no one could settle on a mentionable song because each one that got brought up was liked by another member. Every artist has their 'cilantro' songs. Some like it, and others just taste soap.
MPAP: On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you all for taking the time to answer these questions. We look forward to what Evernoir does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
VEN: Stay psycho! Stay a freakshow, you black sheep beauties!