Music News Headline Answers With FOES Garrett Judkins December 20th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper:Thank you, Garrett, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. How are you?
Garrett Judkins: Great man, grinding away my day at work and scored a few minutes to answer some of your questions. Greateful to be asked to participate, so thanks! MPAP: Before we get started, 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.
Garrett: First off, this is Garrett Judkins from FOES. I play drums, and along with Sonny Daniels, co-write, record and produce all the material for the band. We play a lot of different genres of metal all mashed up together and somehow get it to sound decent, at least to us HA! We've been working hard in 2019 to tour, write and record for our upcoming EP release through Glacier Recordings, American Violence. The EP will be dropping sometime early spring 2020. As for checking out FOES right now: we have a couple music videos up online on our YouTube, we have two singles released on all streaming platforms and you can find our full 2016 and 2017 EP's over on our Bandcamp. Also check out our bandcamp for merch like shirts, snapbacks, pins, stickers, etc. WHEW! 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 Lady Liberty And Justice For All shirt, and a caller called into the show and asked the host of it if Candiace 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?
Garrett: Well I don't believe the metal community should be used for profit by outside entities that don't contribute in any positive way. So, it's dumb, but you see people wearing skate shoes who don't skate. Does that mean those people should be called out for not being able to name three pro skaters or something? All in all, its a form of flattery if you think about it. People think the style is cool and edgy and then try to incorporate some metal sense in to their fashion profile. It's cool and stupid at the same time, so do I believe if you wear the shirt you should know the band... Yes. However, if you're trying to break into metal and be a part of the community, there's always space for that in my book. 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?
Garrett: Personally, there's this band that we're pretty solid bros with called, Steaksauce Mustache and if you think moshing to "Y.M.C.A." is strange than boy are you in for a treat if you check out their live show. I'll just leave this short list here: babies in diapers, pool noodles, toilet paper canon, American flag singlets, aliens and trashcan vocal performances. Most fun/weird show I've seen in the last decade. 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?
Garrett: Maybe not a popular opinion, but I haven’t followed Metallica since high school (circa 2007) because I fell off then and I'm not getting back on. And to double down on unpopular opinions, none of us FOES boys watch or care about any sports. The reason Metal always gets snubbed at big award shows is because metal isn't typically created for anyone except for the musicians who craft it, it's not for the masses, it's just never going to be rap or country. Which is why I like it in the first place. Big ups to the acts that do get recognition because it's deserved. But nobody needs to tell me the music good, for me to know the shit is good. 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?
Garrett: If you look at the most popular records in rock and roll and metal, the large majority of those records were crafted under the influence of several intoxicants. For the most part, those records are better and outsell a lot of the 'sober' tunes that come later. That being said, we're not advocates for abusing any drug, including alcohol, for the sake of creating. Each of us battles our own personal demons that may or may not include substance abuse and our music is an outlet for the reasons we are driven to succumb to those vices. Drugs don't make people better at things, but practice, hard work and patience does. 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?
Garrett: Some of us like Motley Crue so I won't rip into them too hard, haha, but the Vince Neil memes circulating the internet lately are pure gold. Anyways, recently the head of Unique Leader records and vocalist/guitarist of Deeds of Flesh passed. I know he may not be as well-known or famous, but Erik Lindmark was the reason for the tech-death surge the metal community was lacking. His legacy lives on, but yeah, would be cool to have him around. RIP Erik! 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?
Garrett: As a small local metal outfit, it's difficult to get even the smallest payouts. But typically, we're nice and easy-going people who have an easy time communicating with people in all sorts of situations. We have gotten bailed on in the past and recently for door/bar payouts, but we always come prepared and expect to not make much. It's for the love not the dough, but it sure does help. You won’t find me whooping some ass over $50.00, I can't speak for the rest of the band though. 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.
Garrett: Shit, I love me some Jeopardy! I’ll take 'Anagrams of Local Band Names for $1000 Alex!' Question: The acronym made from the words Fuck Off Eat Shit comprise the name of this Central Oregon Hardcore and Metal Outfit. Answer: 'What is F.O.E.S. Alex you smartass motherfucker!' 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?
Garrett: Unce, unce, unce... I could sleep like a baby to that stuff. But what annoys me in all of those situations is waiting around on other people for this or that. Out on the road, it's waiting for promoters and waiting until we can get on stage. Here at home, it's waiting for texts and phone calls as well as scheduling four busy guys for band practice. Not to mention all of us have regular day jobs, which I think most everyone can agree are annoying. But such is life, we deal with it by laughing it off, trying to get out and make friends whenever we have down time. 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?
Garrett: Where I'm sitting in what is almost 2020, it's all good to whip your phone out at a FOES show. I love seeing videos of us and our fans having a great time at our shows. Kids and a lot of people live their lives online these days and it's a strange fiction but that's the reality that we're living in. Just don't get mad when your phone gets smashed in the pit and watch out for flying roundhouse kicks. That being said, I do believe when you're at a show and you've paid good money to be there, you should be in the moment sucking up every ounce of it you can. You'll probably never watch that video again, but dammit I will! 10.Windhand Robed In Houston, Post 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?
Garrett: Well thus far, we have been touring in a Toyota Tacoma with a canopy. Trying to stay lightweight, incognito and as portable as possible has kind of been our strategy to stay under douchebag radar. So far, so good. *knocks on wood*. We have also contemplated more extreme ideas for road/travel safety as well, including but not limited to, bars on the canopy windows, firearms, and biological warfare. 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?
Garrett: FOES does not stop on stage unless there is a technical difficulty that is typically our own fault. I've dropped countless sticks mid fill or bashed my fist into the snare or cymbals while drumming too many times to remember, but we always kept going. Hell, our vocalist was round housed directly in the temple during the second song into our set on our Washington run earlier this Spring (2019). He didn't skip a beat, but I hadn't even realized what had happened until we were off stage HA! I reiterate, FOES does not stop. 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?
Garrett: The looks on people faces alone would be worth it. For context, I live in southern Deschutes county which is a primarily geriatric retirement community, there are literally 6 churches just on my street alone. Whoa, shut it down! Damn, no one would be able to check their mail or go to Bi-Mart, there would be shuffling chaos and disgust in the streets while we screamed in everyone one of their horrified, wrinkly faces. 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?
Garrett: I think that's badass, as a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology I can appreciate the work and dedication it takes to become someone of note in the scientific community. It's even cooler when those people are metalheads, because it brings us together: science and metal. A match made in hell. To get to your question though, if I were to be named after a spider it would be called Sicariidae lilolyungini. Don't @ me about it bro. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Garrett, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, FOES, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Garrett: It was a pleasure to read through and answer your questions, definitely a break from my normal monotony here at work. Stay tuned to FOES on all our social media outlets like FOES on Facebook, @foesfosho on Instagram and FOES official on YouTube. New music and video content coming early 2020, so keep an eye out, support local music by chatting/interacting with us and come out to shows you introverted bastards!