Music News Headline Answers With Psycle's Seth Salois March/April 2020 • 5th Edition #95
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Seth. Thank you for taking the time to answer some recent music news headlines that have been turned into questions. We appreciate it. Before we dive headfirst into the shallow end of the pool, how are you doing? The year 2020 has been pretty brutal so far; hopefully, you have been staying safe and healthy?
Seth Salois: We are doing well and trying to make a positive step each day. These are hard times for a lot of people, so if we can help make it a little better with our music, then we are doing something right.
MPAP: Now 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 make sure to get it and pummel our eardrums with it! Seth: We have been together with this line up since 2016 and we have a brand-new album coming this spring. Our new release Kill The Machine is the follow up to our 2017 EP Surfaces. We spent about a year and half writing and making sure the songs were treated with care and scrutinized. We wrote 10 songs for the album and decided on 8. We felt that an 8-song album would be a nice follow up to our 4 song EP from 2017. The first single off of the album is the title track. We recorded/mixed/mastered the album with producer Chris Piquette at No Boundaries Studios in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. We also worked with Chris on our EP Surfaces.
MPAP: So, just in case the reader is 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 Loudwire 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… and if you’ve been following this monthly feature for the past year, there has always been a Metallica headline question to answer. Well, guess what, this will be the first 'no Metallica' headline turned into a question. Nope, we’re not going to take the recent headline 'Newly found deep-sea crustacean named after Metallica' and turn it into a question. We did change things up for this go around. Instead of pulling questions from the Metal Injection website like we’ve been doing for the past months, we changed things up and decided to pick this month’s headlines from the Loudwire website. So, if you’re ready, we’re ready… in the voice of Pinhead from the Hellraiser movie… 'shall we begin?'
1. Slipknot's Jim Root: I put off having a family to be in this band
MPAP: In a recent interview Jim said, "I've put off having a family, 'cause I knew that I was gonna be gone on the road all the time, so when I go home, it's just, like, me," he said. "Some of the other guys, Clown, and Corey, they have children and wives and things like that. And I'm sure for them, it's a weird transition to make." Have you put off major life events, like becoming a parent, or getting married, or basically put off anything in your life to be in your band? Or, if you are married or in a relationship, how difficult is it to leave your wife or spouse and even kids if you have them for weeks at a time?
Seth: We haven't gotten to the point where we are out on the road for months at a time yet, but I believe that if we had the opportunity, we would have a lot of support from our families. I am married and have a 12-year-old son. However, they have known all the work that we have all put into this and between them and my extended family, we would make it work. My bass player Mike is married to a wonderful person and she is a big part of what we do. I know we would have support all around us.
2. Dimebag Darrell's girlfriend supports Pantera tribute tour with Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown + Zakk Wylde
MPAP: This horse has almost been beaten to death about a Pantera reunion in the headlines for a very long time now, and unfortunately a real reunion won’t happen with Vinnie Paul passing away recently, but if a tribute tour did actually come about, who do you think should get behind the drum kit in honor of the late Vinnie Paul? And do you even think there should be a tribute tour?
Seth: This is sooooo hard to answer. Vinnie Paul had a way about him, and not just his technique, but the sound he got from his drums. He had a signature sound like Bonham did with Zeppelin. If I had to pick a drummer to fill in for that maybe Mike Mangini or Jay Weinberg. As far as having the tour, it would really have to be a tribute to the fans and a celebration of the music. Not just a cover version sounding band.
3. STUDY: Heavy metal fans most likely to have a sexual encounter in a car
MPAP: Hmmm… These answers to this could get interesting. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is true? And, just for shits and giggles, do you have any stories to tell about that time you did something in the back seat of your parents’ car?
Seth: Hahahaha, oh metal fans are a lively bunch huh! I'm sure if it was put to a test, they would step up to the plate but they may have competition from the 60's and 70's peace love doves.
4. Suicide Silence guitarist threatens to leave U.S. if Trump is re-elected
MPAP: In 2016 a lot of celebrities threatened to move out of the U.S. if Donald Trump was elected. Well, obviously, as we all know, he was elected president, and I don’t think anyone held true to their promise and crossed the border and left the USA. So, honestly, what do you think about people saying they will move to another county? Should they? And do you think it will really accomplish anything even if they do? And of course, if you’re in a band, you will still have to come back to the States to go on tour, right?
Seth: I really truly believe that people can do what they want and what makes their life happy. If that is their choice then I hope it makes them happy. I think we need to start understanding that just because people don't have the same beliefs doesn't mean that we can love and appreciate them. I have always said this, "You can love people but you don't have to love everything about them".
5. New TickPick study reveals the age most people discover their favorite band
MPAP: Do you remember the first time you heard your favorite band or musician? It was likely a groundbreaking moment that changed your life forever. The results revealed that most people discover their favorite musical artist at the age of 13, and are exposed to explicit music at 12-and-a-half. Does that sound about right? What age were you when you first heard your favorite band? What were you up to and doing? And what band was it of course?
Seth: I think I started early. My first concert was at the age of 8 and it was Elton John. My influences have changed and continue to change every day. I was a huge Queen and Beatles fan growing up, and then when I was 14, the Seattle sound came in and I was obsessed with that sound. Later on, I got into heavier bands like Sevendust and Alter Bridge. Now I find myself really getting into Blues. I would say those numbers are pretty accurate but I think it also depends on your surroundings. I was lucky to have music around me at a very early age, sometimes that isn't the case for people.
6.Black Sabbath Once Auditioned Michael Bolton for Lead Singer Job
MPAP: Tony Iommi was looking for a new singer to replace Ronnie James Dio in 1982. Iommi asked David Coverdale, but David declined because he had already started Whitesnake. Other vocalist’s auditioned, and yes, even Michael Bolton auditioned for the band. Eventually, Iommi found Ian Gillian formerly of Deep Purple to front Sabbath, but can you imagine what Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album would have sounded like with Bolton’s vocals?
Seth: Can I just say that I don't want to imagine hahahha. Michael Bolton has an amazing voice but they needed something that was raw to match the intensity of Sabbath's music.
7. Corey Taylor: 'I’ve come so close to walking away' from Slipknot
MPAP: It would be a crazy thing for Corey to do, given how big the band is and what they’ve accomplished, but I guess if he ever did quit, it’d be no big thing because he’s got Stone Sour to fall back on. Anyways, every band has growing pains, and of course there are going to be bumps in the road, but have you ever come close to throwing in the towel and walking away from your band?
Seth: I walked away once for a few years. I think it is so hard finding everyone in a band to see thru the same glasses for so many reasons. I feel like I am in a place that I have always wanted to be and I feel the opportunity to be creative and write the music that I love is endless.
8.The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson asks noisy crowd to 'shut the fuck up'
MPAP: The band were playing an acoustic show recently and Robinson told the audience twice to shut up. More than likely, this wouldn’t have happened at a heavy metal show, but have you ever had to say to the crowd something that might have angered you while you were performing?
Seth: The only time I have had something like this happen was I had a guy come up to the mic and tried to tell me he could sing better than me while we were mid song. Needless to say, he had a few drinks in him prob from 12 hours of drinking and he was a regular at the Karaoke bar. Not that I'm slamming Karaoke, but it takes a lot more than just singing to be in a band.
9. Scientists Discover Planet Where It Literally Rains Metal
MPAP: Astronomers recently discovered a world where it literally rains metal from the sky. How cool is that? Unfortunately, the extrasolar planet named WASP-76b is 640 million light-years away from earth. Bummer we can’t grab a bunch of friends and make a road trip there, right? So, question is, pick a song/s that would best fit, if it were possible that we were able to pull up to the planet WASP-76b?
Seth: "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC... nuff said.
10. Ozzy Osbourne: I'll Always Be Known as the 'Bat-Biting Lunatic'
MPAP: Most everyone knows that in 1982 at one of his concerts while performing, Ozzy bit the head off a bat. It may or may not have been alive, no one really knows. In a Los Angeles Daily News interview in February of this year, Ozzy said, "It's not the way I want to be remembered, but, I know I'll be the man that bit the head off the bat," So, what do you want to be remembered as a person, and as a musician?
Seth: I always want to be known as the guy who wrote music that provided hope to others and that it was always genuine.
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! So, on behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Seth, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band Pyscle does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Seth: Please go listen, buy and share our new single "Kill the Machine" which came out on March 24th. It will be followed by our album of the same name this spring.