Music News Headline Answers With Suldusk's Emily Highfield December 26th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper:Thank you, Emily, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. 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?
Emily Highfield: Metal is a lifestyle and a state of mind. If you don't subscribe to that mentality, ie if you are homogenous and normative, please do not wear an emblem of a subculture that you have zero idea about. I am always happy to come across true metalheads at random places- the overt identifier being the shirt. Seeing a non metal person wearing it as a fashion statement is extremely cringey. They have no idea how much despair and anger is behind this genre of music so my message to them is, 'please refrain.' 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?
Emily: I love the unexpected and I enjoy being heckled. It takes away my shyness and brings out my feisty side. A great thing I did see recently was a young man in a wheelchair being lifted up onto the stage with Anaal Nathrakh when we shared a bill with them. It was brilliant. 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?
Emily: Alas, metal music will always be seen as subversive by the normative mainstream. Ironically this is why some of us gravitate to it. Metallica have been musically successful in every way imaginable, but I really can't see them doing a run through of their back catalogue, especially their amazing early stuff, with Hetfield vocalizing that "Justice is lost, justice is raped, justice is gone," and then cutting to Budweiser commercials. It would be an amazing spectacle though, nonetheless! 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?
Emily: It depends on the individual artist. For some, it does open the doors of perception into other realms. For others, is dulls the senses. Personally, I don’t mind quality cannabis very occasionally during the compositional stage. I would never perform stoned however. Way too many intricate changes and set up subtleties to remember! I don't drink anything else except whisky. Usually just one before a show, to get into a more relaxed state and be closer to the audience. 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?
Emily: I would love to see what Kurt Cobain would be doing. Also, Janis Joplin. She was all soul and pretty much still unparalleled in how and what she did. Still, the person that just was taken in such a violent unfair way that had so much more to give was Dimebag. 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?
Emily: Yes, unfortunately we have not been paid for a couple of performances, so far. Am I desperate enough to become all renegade about it? Not at this stage. I just will never work with those promoters again. 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.
Emily: Most likely something like, 'a music project that features acoustic, post rock and elements of black metal.' It is great when metal creeps into the popular culture in a subtle and credible way. It's like a nod to the metalheads spread out over the world. 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?
Emily: I like to be on time for shows and especially I like to stick to running sheet requirements. We have had to play shows where we got no sound check. Especially challenging when you use in ear monitors, samples and lots of guitar tone changes! Also, if I don’t get a chance to do introvert things by myself or with other introverts - surf, hike or read or play guitar - I get tetchy and anxious. 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?
Emily: I think that is unrealistic to expect people to not have their phones and want to capture a special moment. Bah, don’t get it at all. I like seeing footage of shows appearing on Instagram and Facebook. It means it was enjoyed and people want to share an experience. 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?
Emily: This does happen so many times. My band and I are super conscious of it, and we usually play and go back to space to unload and then head back to venue if possible. Our gear is our livelihood and loves. Yes, they are just "things" to some, but conduits for others. 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?
Emily: I have been lucky enough to not play at such shows. Anyone that does is obviously not quite ok and deserves some adjustments. All shows I have been lucky enough to attend and play at, have been a celebration of music and the metal community. 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? Emily: Aw this warms my heart. Bon Scott was true larrikin. I’d like the city of Melbourne to shut down the zoo. I’d like to play outside and remind people that its rude to stare, especially at wild animals in cages! 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?
Emily: How wonderful is that! I definitely wouldn't mind being named after an arachne - Extraordinarious sulduskius. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Emily, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, Suldusk, does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Emily: Thanks to everyone who has connected with Suldusk in 2019. I cannot wait to share new music with you in 2020. Much love to MPAP for their support!