Music News Headline Answers With Pharmacose's Wesley Jones January/February 2020 • 4th Edition #88
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Wesley. How are you, and are you ready for this new decade?
Wesley Jones: Totally ready! Bring 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!
Wesley: Pharmacose started as a collaboration between Lu Rubino, our producer who also plays bass for us, and me. I had been writing and playing in other groups for years, most recently in Chicago. I moved to Jacksonville for work, and couldn’t really get a group going. During that time, I had a bad manic episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After I recovered from that, I decided that I wanted to get this material I had written recorded. I asked around, and a mutual friend put me in contact with Lu. We released some material under the name Digital Array, but ultimately we decided to pull that material because we wanted to rework it since we added Kevin Horne on lead and Albert Cruz on drums. We have recorded new material since then as a group as well. We just released a video for our single, "Checked Out." You can find it on YouTube. We also have another single coming out 2/28 called "The Clearing." It will have a video coming out with it next month. We’re also releasing two 6 song EPs this year, so there won’t be a shortage of material from us! 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.
Wesley: I’d like to play in an abandoned building. Maybe an old mental hospital? Then it wouldn’t matter how much stuff we wrecked. 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?
Wesley: I can’t say much about missing a show, but when we were filming the video for "Checked Out," I forgot to bring anything but my guitar. Amp, cabinet, everything. We were going to use our live equipment for the video, for the gear porn aspect. We filmed the video about 45 mins from where I live, so by the time I got there, it was too late. Kurt St. Thomas, our director, had some vintage equipment, so we just pivoted to using that. I almost screwed up everything! 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?
Wesley: Maybe. I don’t know if I would use the word 'pissed.' There is a lot of anger in our music, but even more of it comes from a place of just being depressed and feeling hopeless. I personally tend to channel a lot of negative energy into my music, just to give it a place to go and make something positive out of it. I hope I’m not going to be pissed off or depressed all the time as I get older. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would. But there’s always going to be periods where I know I’m not going to feel well. I’m bipolar. I have to accept that. So hopefully, down the road, when those feeling creep in, I can use them to be creative and make something, rather than just mope around. 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?
Wesley: It’s bullshit that she had to do that, but I’m sure somewhere in the fine print of buying a ticket, the American Airlines has the right to refuse service. If you own a business, as far as I’m concerned, you have the right to refuse service. That doesn’t absolve you from being an asshole if you do refuse service, but you still have that right. Let people wear what they want, but at the same time, I don’t want to see some dude’s ass hanging out. Overall, I think people are too sensitive today, and getting more sensitive by the minute. No one has ever reported me for wearing something they didn’t like. If they glared at me, I didn’t notice, and I doubt I would have cared if they did. 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?
Wesley: I want to perform as long as we can keep an audience engaged, and as long as I am having fun. We’re still working on building our audience, so that’s a work in progress. And I think I’ll be having a blast for years to come doing this. 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?
Wesley: I keep healthy mostly by training Jiu jitsu. I don’t keep track of how much music I listen to, but it’s a long drive to where I go train, so I listen a lot then. I’m sure I’m getting the amount I need! As for being on the road, we haven’t toured yet. This project is still pretty new. It’s taken a while to get to where are, and I wanted to get a lot of material written and recorded before we ever got that far. But touring is the goal. I plan on bringing some Jiu jitsu mats with me, though! 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?
Wesley: If the doctor told me my hearing was declining, I’d take even more precaution than I do now to keep from going deaf. I don’t know what that would mean, though. But if she told me to quit training Jiu jitsu, I’d probably ignore her. 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?
Wesley: I don’t want to see people get hurt at any of our shows, ever. If there were a safety issue, then we would have to address it, and cancel a show if we must. But I would go out of my way to somehow make up for it. The people in the photos are assholes. 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?
Wesley: I gave up drinking when I was diagnosed bipolar. I was so messed up. I ended up in a mental hospital for a couple days. I don’t want to go back there. I don’t want to jeopardize my mental health. It also messes up my training. It took a lot of work for me to get to where I am, and I don’t want to mess that up. The rest of the guys partake to a degree. We haven’t been on tour as a band yet though, so things could get interesting. I’d like to see how they are. 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?
Wesley: We did a benefit for a family recently. The guy was a local musician in St. Augustine, Florida, who died a few years back. Each year there is a benefit. I liked it because there were so many different types of acts. I think there was an R.E.M. cover band a few acts before us. Who knew there were R.E.M. cover bands? 10.2: Is there a person out there walking this earth that you’d like to get an autograph from?
Wesley: Bill Burr. 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.
Wesley: Can I give a shoutout to my old band in Chicago? Cuddle Riot. They found another bassist and are still going strong. 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?
Wesley: Who could top Manson’s? Best I’ve gotten is free booze and food, back with my old bands and when I still drank a lot. And that was if I was lucky. 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? Wesley: It was Sabbath. Iommi having to tune down was is a big chunk of that. And these days it’s not just the metal bands that tune down. It gives everything such a different timbre. 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?
Wesley: I am proud that we have gotten to the point where we’re releasing as much material as we will this year. It’s a long time coming. This all started out as two dudes in a studio recording songs in their spare time. I think this project is starting to find its legs, and it’s fun to see it all start to come together. 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, Wesley, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Pharmacose, does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Wesley: Stay tuned! We have lots of stuff coming out this year! Thanks for listening!