Music News Headline Answers With The Arson Choir's Marc Motley March/April 2020 • 5th Edition #96
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Marc. 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?
Marc:Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out, and it is awesome to be able to answer some questions for you! My name is Marc Motley, and I and the guitarist for The Arson Choir. 2020 has been rough to say the least. I have been doing my best to stay safe, but since my regular job is considered 'essential', it has been difficult to be 100% safe all the time.
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!
Marc: The Arson Choir is a Mathcore/Experimental Hardcore band from Southern California. We are a high energy live band and we are really hoping to have our new EP out sometime in 2020.
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. 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?
Marc: That is very considerate of Jim because it is very easy to get wrapped up in being a full-time musician and push other people and responsibilities to the side. I have lived a very minimal life in the chance that I have to leave for tour or have sudden shows. For example, I have a job that is nights and I also work part time to just cover the costs of living. I never went full time just in case because once you go full time, you always have a back up plan, like 'if music doesn’t work out, I always have this' and I just never gave myself that option. That being said, I’m probably not in the most favorable place in my age range, but I don’t think I was ever made to just work and pay bills and have that be my life. So, I totally understand where Jim is coming from, and I wouldn’t want to put a significant other through something like me having to leave for months at a time.
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?
Marc: Ok, so this is probably not the most popular opinion, but at a certain point, the idea of a tribute for Pantera needs to stop. It was a great band and I’m not taking anything away from that. There are struggling new bands out there that need to get attention and constantly trying to have a project when half of the original members that made the band what it was are gone, it no longer feels like a tribute, but a cover or a cash-grab. I know that isn’t what most metal fans want to hear, but please, go discover new music and support those bands because without the next generation of bands and fans to support them, the metal scene will quickly disappear.
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?
Marc: After going to Ozzfest and Knotfest and other fests over the years, I can 100% confirm that cars, and also porta-potties, are used for plenty of sexual encounters. Unfortunately, I don’t have any fun stories. I hate to disappoint, but I’m a pretty boring guy when it comes to sex stories. Probably because I’m a mathcore guy, so I was always approached by other guitar guys and girls were never really interested.
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?
Marc: This is definitely a tricky question. I have to think that our vocalist, Phil, would have loved to move the band out of the US once he got elected. However, in the current climate, I really don’t know where else is possible. I would love to travel and maybe eventually live in Japan, but my band, my family and my friends are all here in the US, so it becomes a real dilemma when politics are so important in our lives. I feel like abandoning the states doesn’t change anything, stay and face the issues, protest, be active in your political community and that will at least make you feel like you did something to make a change rather than just saying 'if it doesn’t go my way, I’m leaving.' Ok, but what did you do to help the situation? There are great markets for live bands all over the place, but you also have to be at a certain level of band for that to matter.
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?
Marc: This is a tough one... I was raised while MTV was still playing music videos, and I was in high school during TRL, so I was actually exposed to a lot of music and music videos pretty regularly. I would think that I found the music that I really connected with on Headbanger’s Ball when I first saw bands like Killswitch Engage and Hatebreed. I think the band that really sparked much of my musical interest was when I first heard Eighteen Visions. It was the video for "You Broke Like Glass," and I think I was just up late as usual because I have had really band insomnia since high school and it was on late at night due to the content of the video.
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?
Marc: It’s weird how many stories like this there are! When you go back and see how many people either auditioned or came really close to being in a band, or even were in a band and then left to go start something else that got just as famous; if not more famous. I can’t picture Sabbath with anyone else except Ozzy. I know Dio was great, and Bolton is talented, but when someone says Black Sabbath, its Ozzy.
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?
Marc: I have walked away from one band before and at the time I regretted it. There have been so many projects that I have been not been very proud of that I have done because it was good for my career or it got me attention. I am at a place now with The Arson Choir where I get to do what I want to do and I have people around me that support it and that’s really all I need. Its my emotional and artistic outlet. If you like it, thank you, and I appreciate you, if you don’t, that’s ok too, hopefully you can talk to me and we will find something else we can connect on. If I had to walk away, it would be because of my inablilty to play music, an injury or something.
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?
Marc: I have only had to deal with one heckler, and luckily, once we started performing and jumping off cabs and throwing guitars, he quickly left and didn’t come back until the end and ended up buying merch. The only times I have had to get on the mic to say something was to stop a fight during our performance. Outside of something like that, our shows are supposed to be an emotional release, and sometimes, those emotions aren’t pretty.
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?
Marc: I feel like the only songs that are appropriate is from the band Dethklok. Something like "Thunderhorse" would be so epic getting to that planet.
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?
Marc: As a musician, if I’m remembered at all, I hope its for an energy and an honesty that I bring to my playing and my songs. I treat every performance like it’s the last. We aren’t ever promised to get tomorrow, so I hope that comes through and that’s what I’m remembered for because I may not be the best, but I am gonna give my everything everytime. As a person, I just hope people remember me as a dude that supports his friends and came out to everything I possibly could. I do my best to be at every show my friends do and any event or gathering with them because you never know when the next or even the last time you see them might be. So, support and love your friends and family because you never know when they might now be there anymore.
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, Marc, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band The Arson Choir does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Marc:Thank you so much for having me answer these awesome questions! This was so much fun! Please be safe and support your favorite bands, but also make sure to check out new bands because thats the only way we can keep the scene alive! The new The Arson Choir EP will be out as soon as possible in 2020! Thank you!