METAL PULP AND PAPER: Hello Scott. So glad to be catching up with you. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for Metal Pulp And Paper about the upcoming 2019 Aftershock Festival that you are slated to be playing at in Sacramento, California coming this October. Aftershock is a monstrous event for music fans and music lovers everywhere. It’s metal, it’s rock and roll, it’s more metal, and it’s more rock and roll. To sum it up, it’s a three-day event with three stages, with over 50 artists at the Discovery Park in beautiful Sacramento, California. Are you geared up and ready for it?
SCOTT HILL: Getting ready for it. Trying to figure out which songs we are going to play. We haven’t played in Sacramento for a long time.
MPAP: Tell us some of the best things about being a part of a music festival, especially playing at one of this magnitude?
SCOTT: Playing outside means you get to play loud! Which is always fun. Hopefully we will turn some people onto us who have never heard of us.
MPAP: Explain to us what is a day in the life when you’re performing at a music festival? Do you go hang out with the other bands, mingle with the fans, or kick back and relax on the tour bus until it’s time to hit the stage?
SCOTT: Usually there is a lot of hanging around. We usually tend to keep to ourselves backstage. If we have friends playing as well, we will hang out with them. We also like to check out other bands live.
MPAP: This year’s bill has Slipknot, Staind, Tool, Korn, along with many others, including Lamb Of God, Highly Suspect, Gojira, and Babymetal. Is there any group that you’re especially looking forward to watching from the side stage the day you perform?
SCOTT: We like to check out a bit of everyone if we can. Sometimes these festivals are our only chance to see them live for a while.
MPAP: What’s in the crosshairs for Fu Manchu after the festival? What else do you have going on after that we should all know about?
SCOTT: Possible new three song record out at the end of 2019. Then 2020 is our 30th anniversary, so we are in the planning stages of setting things up for that year. A lot of reissue releases on vinyl.
MPAP: On behalf of myself and Metal Pulp And Paper, thank you, Scott, for taking the time to answer a few questions. We look forward to what Fu Manchu does to finish out 2019 and beyond.