Music News Headline Answers With Tableau Mort's James Andrews November 17th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello James. So glad to be catching up with you. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us here at Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it. How are you?
James Andrews: I am doing quite well, thank you. MPAP: Now give us a little run down about your band and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out or any tour announcements you can share here?
James: So, Tableau Mort are a five-piece Black Metal band from London. We are a diverse bunch, with myself being an English vocalist, a Romanian drummer, and two guitarists, and a Polish bassist. We play our own blend of Black Metal that has some visual, thematic and auditory inspiration from orthodox Christianity. There are all sorts in our music, however, as we all take influence from a wide range of extreme music. We recently released our debut album Veil of Stigma, Book 1: Mark of Delusion via Loud Rage Music. At the moment we are focusing on playing more live shows. MPAP: Very nice. So, for anyone that hasn't been to the Metal Pulp And Paper website recently, we changed things up a bit doing interviews, and are doing something completely different, for now at least. We've pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injectionwebsite and turned them into questions to get reactions and comments on them from bands all over the world. We started this back in August, with different headlines, of course, and it was fun to read each group's different answers. So, please place your seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, and hang on, here we go again. 1.Granny Caught Rocking Out To Slipknot MPAP: At a recent Knotfest show an elderly woman, even with her cane in hand, is caught on video rocking out to Slipknot. The story doesn’t mention her age, but I would say she’s in the prime of at least her 70s. What do you think of granny rocking out to Slipknot? Have you ever seen any older folks rocking out at any of your shows before? And bonus points, if we were keeping score, have you had any of your grandparents at any of your shows before?
James: It is always heartwarming to see heavy music bring people together, regardless of their background or age in this case! I am not sure if I have seen any very old folk at our shows to be honest. Unfortunately, most of my grandparents are dead! All but one who I am pretty sure listens exclusively to military marching music from the 50s. 2. Metal Guitarist Too Young To Play Bar Plays Outside With Wireless System Instead MPAP:The band Ancient Burials had a bit of a dilemma when they played a show at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Their guitarist was underage and not allowed into the bar to play. Some places will mark your hand with an 'X' identifying you’re a minor and let you play. Not the Hawthorne Theatre with Oregon’s liquor laws. So, instead of them canceling the show, fellow bandmates Paradigm Shift hooked him up with a wireless pack, and he went outside and played. The bar had an open window so you could see the band playing inside and he was outside shredding it out on the street. It’s a great video to watch.
James: Yeah this was an awesome video. It is quite silly that they wouldn’t let him in, laws being laws I suppose, but they made the most out of a hard situation for sure. 3. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Reveals Himself As Slipknot’s Tortilla Man MPAP: Obviously, someone brilliant out there got him to announce that, probably on one of those Celebrity Cameos or something. In all seriousness, does it even matter who Tortilla Man is?
James: I am afraid that I have no idea who Tortilla man is! But in regards to keeping identity under-wraps, I suppose that is what the band wants to do and it is their decision. It just must be very hard in this heavily connected world to do such a thing. 4. These Post Malone Fans Are Just Hearing About Ozzy For The First Time Thanks To New Collaboration MPAP:Recently Post Malone recorded a song called "Take What You Want," and it featured Ozzy Osbourne. Honestly, it’s not a lousy collaboration between the two. Wasn’t expecting it to be a good song. Anyways, what gets me is some people, mainly Post Malone's fans were saying thanks to Post Malone he just gave this Ozzy guy a career. They obviously have no idea! Even back in 2015, it was almost the same thing, Kayne West did a song with the Beatles Paul McCartney, and Kayne’s fans were saying Kayne just gave Paul a career in the music business. Really c’mon? So, my question is, should the history of music be taught in school or something? Shouldn’t the younger generation know who Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney are?
James: I don’t think you can be too mad at the kids for this. If they don’t have exposure to the music, then I guess they will never have heard of it. Even in this day and age where you can listen to everything and anything, you often find yourself trapped in an algorithm that keeps you listening to one kind of music. I am sure there are loads of young people who have heard of Ozzy, but as always, the media loves to pick on the few who post something like that. If anything, hopefully it gives some young people exposure to other music. Generally I think that is something everyone could do with. I am sure there are artists that metalheads might not have heard of that people outside of the genre might drop their jaw at! Just gotta let people do what they wanna do. Should schools teach it? Maybe, but again it might be difficult to balance the curriculum because there is just so much good music out there, heavy or not! 5. Sabaton Involved In 'Serious Traffic Accident' In Tunisia, Cancel Tonight’s Show MPAP:Luckily everyone is ok now, but do you have any scary tour bus accident stories that you can share with us? Or, if no accidents, any close calls where you thought you might die?
James: Luckily, we have not been so unfortunate with the band. I think the most traumatic thing any of us have been through is getting too hot and sweaty on stage! Hopefully that is as hard as it gets for us. 6. Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg: The Effects of Climate Change Are Undeniable MPAP:Some say there is no such thing as climate change, or some say it is getting better. Both sides of the party point fingers at each other. Even back in February of this year, Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old democratic socialist, wanted us to get to the point of where air travel would stop becoming necessary, and believes farting cows are responsible for the climate change and we need to get rid of them. What are your thoughts on climate change?
James: Oh boy, isn’t this a question! I don’t speak for any other members of the band, but I don’t mind sharing my own point of view. I believe that climate change is a thing and a lot of evidence links this to carbon emissions that have been going on since the industrial revolution. Whether you believe this, I think we should be working to provide cleaner energy, reduce plastic waste, etc, for the good of the oceans, and the rest of the ecosystem. It is a massively complex issue to solve, because it requires a global approach and trying to get so many people to work together is extremely difficult. For me, however, one of the most important things is to not let climate-change action focus on making working-people’s lives harder. There is a lot of upper-middle class fixation on banning plastic straws, or making everyone have electric cars, etc. People get turned off by being lectured at by rich white people. The issue is that lots of the solutions are just not economically viable for the working person – tradesmen will never be able to cycle to work with their tools. I’ve visited the US and I know how impossible it is to survive without a car because of the sheer size. You can’t just expect a worker to go out and buy a Tesla, or pay for some solar panels in their garden. We need to ensure that those who are outputting the most amount of CO2 is doing something about it, and I think the big focus is just renewable energy. There is so much energy freely available – solar, wind, water. Unfortunately, I think the biggest threat to the planet right now (to the climate, and to people’s quality of life) is that of economic inequality and you can’t tackle climate change without tackling the out of date economic system that we currently find ourselves in.
7. Nicole Kidman Attended An Iron Maiden Show with Her Husband, Keith Urban MPAP: Never would have expected that couple to be into Iron Maiden, but still cool either way. It’s good to know that music can reach anyone. So, have you ever had anyone famous that you know of attend one of your shows? If not, who would you like to leave a ticket for at will call to come to your next show?
James: Most people I know wouldn’t know that in my spare time I dress up as a dead orthodox priest and yell down a microphone. You can never judge a book by its cover, I suppose. Always funny to see celebs enjoying heavier music, or hearing things like Jim Carey’s favorite band being Cannibal Corpse. Can you hook us up with Keanu Reeves? I’d love to hang out with Keanu Reeves. 8. Yellowstone Police Are Using AC/DC To Clear Bison Off The Road MPAP:In our previous headlines feature Metallica was blasted to scare away a cougar, and now bison are being blasted by AC/DC. It makes you think, what animal is next, and then how long until the animal kingdom doesn’t put up with this anymore and revolts against humans?
James: I think I’ve also heard stories of metal being used as psychological torture! Who knows, maybe those bison will show up to Metallica’s next show that neck of the woods. 9. Vinyl On Pace To Outsell CDs in 2019 MPAP:Buying albums seems to be the trendy hip thing it looks like again. Since streaming services are the popular norm, it’s good that records are making a comeback, but sad in a way, because CDs will become extinct.
James: I have a huuuuuge CD selection from when I was younger, but let’s face it, CDs are a pain in the ass. They might be small and easy to store, but the cases break far too easily! For me, vinyl is that happy medium that coexists quite well alongside digital. I like the selection of music I can access on Spotify, or Bandcamp, and all of the playlist features that Spotify has created. I guess if I am to own a physical copy, I’d rather the beauty of a nice big vinyl, with the artwork on show. They’re just miles more attractive than CDs, I think! 10. Dude Who Tried To Swim Back Into Slayer Show After Being Ejected Immortalized on Beer Can MPAP: The guy that tried to swim back into a Slayer show is from a headline in 2018, but him being immortalized on a beer can is new. This is a two-part question. Which beer can would you like your face on, and while out on tour, what is the craziest thing a fan has done that you have seen?
James: It is hard to pick a specific beer, because god, I love beer. On the front of some fruity IPA, I think. We haven’t seen anything that crazy as of yet, I’m afraid! 11. Former Five Finger Death PunchDrummer’s New Gig: A Horror Porn Anthology Series MPAP: Yep, you read it right, former Five Finger DeathPunchdrummer’s new gig is in the porn business. Not only is Jeremy Spencer a part-time cop in Indiana now, but now he writes, directs, and even stars in his pornos. Crazy. So, my question is, what is your dream job if you weren’t performing in a band? If you had to hang things up in the music business, what would you rather be doing?
James: If I had the capital to invest, I’d probably train to become a social worker or something like that, just a job that involves helping people out. 12. Flaw Accused of Plagiarizing You Tuber’s Song, Vocalist Said He Had No Idea MPAP:This isn’t really a question about that headline, but it made me think and want to ask, is there one song out there that some band has recorded, and it’s so good that you wish you could claim it as your own song?
James: Tough, tough question, and I’m sure the rest of the lads would have very different answers. I don’t honestly know what to pick for this because there are so many songs I could pick from. Probably something like Strapping Young Lad’s "Love." Such a simple and catchy riff, and one absolute belter of a track. 13.Metallica Named 'World’s Biggest Touring Act' According To New Study MPAP: Even though they’ve released a few records that some fans can’t stand, that still hasn’t stopped them by selling over 22 million tickets and grossed $1.4 billion in touring since 1982. That’s very impressive. So, I guess the question would be, lets rain on their parade for a moment, what’s your least favorite Metallica song that you must turn off or turn down when it’s on the radio? And by no means, this is no disrespect to Metallicaat all. I think they are man enough to handle hearing which songs or albums are not fan favorites. It's just for fun and games, until we shoot our eye out.
James: I can’t really say I listen to too much radio these days! Definitely a massively successful band, and I have a big soft spot for everything up until the Black album. My least favorite stuff is probably their Load/Reload era material. I don’t really know which song in particular annoys me the most, but it’d be something from that! MPAP:Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, James, for taking the time to answer them. We look forward to what your band Tableau Mort does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
James: Firstly, thanks so much for taking the time to get in touch with us and providing us with some genuinely thoughtful questions. If anyone made it through my long rambling answers, then thanks very much! We have had some awesome reception to our debut album, so, thank you, to everyone who has got involved, and to all who have helped us out. If you’ve not heard us yet, then please take a moment out of your day to listen to and share our album if you could, it is on all the usual channels!