Music News Headline Answers With Tor Marrock's Paul Joseph Cynlais Davies November 19th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Paul. 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?
Paul Joseph Cynlais Davies: Hello, and thank you also, I am fine. 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?
Paul: We are a three-piece band that started in 2005. We have recently released our third album on Black Vulture Records (Sweden) titled, The Concept Of Self, an album which tells the story of lust, love, betrayal, all with undertones of sensual, sexual and ritual witchcraft. We make what I call Cellar Metal. I won't be doing any shows in 2020, as I have decided to work on the fourth and last Tor Marrock album. 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?
Paul: I don’t think it is unusual and, in the future, it will become more common place. When metal started, those who did not understand it said it was a teenage fad and fans would grow out of it, but we all know now it stays with you for your lifetime. 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.
Paul: Cool they found a solution. I do think music venues should be allowed to be more flexible. 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?
Paul: I dont care if I know who they are. 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?
Paul: I don’t think it matters, let the kids find out for themselves. I detest the Beatles because they were rammed down my throat as a child and I was told you must like them and know there history, and I also think to this day they were and are very overrated. 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?
Paul: I am happy to say I have no story to tell. 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?
Paul: I think it is something we should all take seriously if we wish to develop into a better species and provide a better future for our children. I think eating mammals and the devastation of natural resources and wildlife for our pleasure and prophet is barbaric and uncivilized. 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?
Paul: I have not had anyone famous at a Tor Marrock show, but if I could invite one I think it would be Ridley Scott and hope that he would be inspired to make a movie out of one of our album stories. 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?
Paul: Maybe the police at Yellowstone are metal fans. 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.
Paul: As a band I want Tor Marrock to have physical formats. I really dont mind what format it is in. When I was a kid I loved tapes. 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?
Paul: Well I do like beer, and my favourite beer is Kronenbourg 1664, so that one. I haven't seen anything crazy really, but our old drummer was a bit crazy, but that is another story, haha. 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?
Paul: I like the countryside and recently started keeping honey bees and have our first batch of honey for sale this year called Mel Marrock (Marrock Honey), so it would be that, growing vegetables and keeping bees. 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?
Paul: Not really, I have never felt I wish I had written a particular song. 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.
Paul: "Enter Sandman," I never liked it. When it first came out I was disappointed, and with the whole black album. I lost interest in Metallica after that,but still love their first four albums. MPAP:Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Paul, for taking the time to answer them. We look forward to what your band Tor Marrock does to finish out 2019 and beyond.