Music News Headline Answers With Underwaves' Ana Ignis January/February 2020 • 4th Edition #86
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Ana.Thank you for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s Music News Headline Questions. We appreciate it. How are you, and are you ready for this new decade?
Ana Ignis: Hi, thank you for this opportunity. I am ready and curious! MPAP: That's great to hear. So, just in case you or the reader are 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 Metal Injection 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… 1. Hardcore Show In A Denny's Restaurant Results In Hundreds of Dollars In Damages
MPAP: So, this 17-year-old kid, Bryson Del Valle, booked his first DIY show at a Denny’s restaurant for the punk band Wacko. Obviously, Denny’s is not the ideal spot to play a hardcore music show, or is it? Still, somehow Bryson pulled it off at the Santa Anna restaurant other than the damages done to the establishment. First off, I guess the show sold out, so maybe Bryson is onto something here. Can’t imagine why Denny’s agreed to it, what were they thinking? So, I guess the question is, where would you like your band to perform that is not the ordinary place to play, and maybe get a bit wild and wreak havoc on some table and chairs? And since the story has gone viral, Green Day donated $2,000 to help pay for the damages.
Ana: Haha, that’s funny, Denny is a cool guy for turning his restaurant into a venue. Nice act from Green Day, indeed. We are not very destructive with the tables and props, thus I never thought about wrecking something. Buuut, I always dreamed to play in a gothic church or cathedral, there is so much spirituality and emotion in there.
2. Meth Recounts Hilariously Crazy Story Of Missing Their Gathering Of The Juggalos Set
MPAP: Every year Insane Clown Posse puts on a music festival called Gathering Of The Juggalos, and let’s just say it’s not a music fest you’d want to take your parents to or go there on your first date. Shit, what do I know, maybe you would want to take them there? Either way, you’re going to see some fucked up shit happening there. Anyways, one of the members of Meth told a crazy story about trying to get there to play but was unable to find the right stage they were to play on that day. Now, what about you, any crazy band stories about missing a show, or about almost missing a show that is memorable?
Ana: Yeah, we had a couple of incidents when we were on the edge of getting late at the show. The thing is that here, in Romania, the infrastructure is so unpredictable, and you don’t know if you’ll make 100 km in 2 hours or 8 hours. But it never happened to us to miss a show. There where, two I guess, times when the promoter informed us a couple of hours before the show that the gig is going to be cancelled, but we were clean on our side. 3.Destruction Vocalist on Metallica: "Once You're A Billionaire, What Should You Be Pissed Off About?"
MPAP: I don’t think Lars or James are billionaires just yet, but maybe in another year or two, who knows? Schmier, Destruction’s vocalist, said in an interview that Metallica's lack of heaviness and anger over the years has to do with the fact that Metallica got rich. Do you think that’s a fair assumption that if you’re no longer pissed off about anything in the world, or whatever it will reflect in your music?
Ana: I totally agree with the fact that the music is strongly influenced by your life, what you feel, and what you think; but I don’t know if there is a strong relation between money and music heaviness. It is normal, in my opinion, for a band to change its style during the years, in terms of musical evolution, but this is just my point of view. I am pretty sure that Schmier knows better than me what heaviness means in thrash and heavy metal. 4. Airline Forces Woman Wearing "Hail Satan" Shirt To Either Change or Get Off The Plane
MPAP: Satanism is officially recognized as a religion in the United States now. Still, it was far too much for one American Airlines crew to handle, who forced a passenger to change her shirt if she wanted to remain on board the plane. She was escorted up to the front of the aircraft and told to remover her shirt or get kicked off the plane. She eventually covered up the 'so-called offensive' shirt with one of her husbands. What are your thoughts on this? If her shirt had said 'Hail Jesus', no one would probably have even have batted an eye. So, should you be allowed to wear anything you want out in public? What if your favorite shirt could be offensive to one person, but not to others, what do you do? Ever had someone report you to someone or just glare at you for what you were wearing at an airport, or anywhere in public before?
Ana: Wow, we are in 2020 and this kind of things still happen, this is making me sad and angry at the same time…! I wouldn’t say that the religion is the problem, maybe only in some cases, but the inability to understand that we are all different. People should understand that we are not the same, we are all unique, and no, this feature does not make as all the same, and we have particularities that do not resemble. We have different beliefs, different tastes, and different personalities. Most probably if her shirt had said 'Hail Jesus' no one wouldn’t have said anything because that is the central tendency of the majority. I could speak all night about this major handicap in our modern society but wouldn’t change anything. We should all be better with others, less judgmental, and we shouldn’t try to change the others. It happens a lot to me to be criticized and looked at with evil eyes only because I play metal and have tattoos. I try not to be affected by these things, even though I’m burning inside. 5. Lars Ulrich Can See Metallica Going For Another 20 Years
MPAP: Metallica formed as a band in 1981, so, in the year 2020, that would put them at touring the World for 38 years. So, add another 20 more years, that would then put them at touring just under six decades. Is that even fathomable to think about? But check this out, Dame Vera is the UK's best-selling female artist. She began performing publicly at the age of seven and is still performing to this day. Her first radio broadcast was with the Joe Loss Orchestra in 1935. That’s 85 years so far. So, try and beat that Metallica! Now how far ahead do you see yourself going? Do you still want to be performing five, ten, or even 20 years from now?
Ana: I do believe they will tour for another 20 years; they still have a lot of energy. As far as I'm concerned, I wouldn’t see my life without music and concerts. My dream is to quit my day job and live through music. I want to sing and play my whole life; this was my childhood dream, and will always be. Hopefully, I will have the guys near me and we’re all going to do this together a lot of years from now on. 6. New Study Says Listening To 78 Minutes Of Music Daily Is Important To Your Health
MPAP: Well, first off, are you listening to the recommended amount? And then, what do you do at home vs. out on the road to stay healthy or keep in shape? Do you worry about your health while out on the road? After a while, the same truck stop corn dog and burrito has to get old eating all the time, right? What are some of the main obstacles you have to deal with?
Ana: Actually, I do not listen to music that much as recommended. It depends on the mood. I have days when I listen to a song one hundred times, days when I listen to a new band or artist for a couple of hours or days when I do not listen to music at all. It’s all about the mood, that’s why I have a lot of genres that I love. In what regards the road life, I do not tour that much to think about a schedule or a program. But when we have more concerts in a raw, two, three or four, I start to feel tired and need to rest. Usually, I am the first who goes to sleep after a show because I feel my body exhausted. I also try not to eat a lot of junk food during our tours because I’ll be swollen on the stage. Maybe the main obstacle is the fatigue caused by the car, it is very exhausting to stay in the car and travel, even if you do not do anything. I also try to keep myself always warm and not stay in cold for too much time. 7. Jason Newsted Told By Doctors To Stop Headbanging
MPAP: Recently Newsted, formerly of Flotsam & Jetsam and Metallica, said that 25 years of headbanging has finally caught up with him, and it’s time to, as doctors have told him over the years, it’s time to 'stop spinning the head.' Luckily, he doesn’t have to get surgery yet, but Slayer’s bassist Tom Araya was not as fortunate and had to have anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery done in 2010. So, what’s something if the doctor told you to do stop doing, you would stop doing. And then on the other side of the coin, what’s something if he told you to stop doing, you wouldn’t do because you like it so much?
Ana: Hmm, once I had a vocal cord paralyzed and had to stop singing, it was the worst period of my life. I could barely speak. I don’t know what’s something a doctor would tell me to stop doing and I would stop. But if he would tell me to stop doing my makeup for some reason, I wouldn’t do it. 8. KNOTFEST Mexico Canceled After Fans Rush The Stage, Breaking Barricades. MPAP: A security safety issue prevented fans from seeing the rest of Knotfest after the stage barricade broke during Behemoth's set, and it was impossible to fix it in time for the final two acts of the night, Evanescence and Slipknot, so, in the end, the rest of the show was canceled, and this did not sit well many. In pictures and video footage that surfaced, it shows many fans getting onto the stage and destroying some of Evanescence’s equipment, and set fire to Will Hunts drum set. Obviously, you don’t want this kind of shit to happen. The fans took it too far, music was more important than the safety of others. What’re your thoughts on this?
Ana: I read the article and I got very angry about this. People who do this kind of things are not fans. You do not set on fire the drum set of the band you say you like. This is an act of hooliganism and they should not have any shows from now on, end of story. They do not deserve it. It is lack of respect for anyone evolved in organizing the event, including the bands. 9. Alice Cooper Says Lemmy's Idea Of Not Drinking Was "Maybe Just Five Or Six Drinks"
MPAP: Alice explained that one time that Lemmy from Motorhead told him he had quit drinking. Lemmy’s idea of not drinking was not drinking a bottle of whiskey each night. Maybe just five or six drinks. Are the days of excessive drinking and partying over with? What is life out on the road for you? Are you quiet when you’re not on tour, but look out, when the tour begins you can’t wait to hang out with the other bands and have a few drinks?
Ana: I am a very calm person when it comes to drinking, I do not drink at all. There are some cases when I drink from time to time, maybe on Christmas and summer holidays, but that’s all. I do not like the taste of alcohol, only if it is combined with some sweet juice. Thus, nothing changes when I am on the road for me. 10.Kiss Played A Show For Great White Sharks But No Sharks Actually Showed Up
MPAP: I think this is the first music headline that I can’t think of anything to come up with for a question, but it just seemed so good not to talk about it. Let’s see what I can come up with in the end; either way, let’s continue. So, anyways, some Air-B-N-B company paid Kiss probably a butt load of money to perform live on a boat, like they needed it anyway, but it was for a good cause, and some fans got once in a lifetime performance. Hmmm, now that I’m thinking about it, is this Bryson’s second booking to have a band perform in a not so-usual-place? Knowing this outcome, I think he needs to stick with restaurants and book his next show at a Red Lobster. Don’t worry; it wasn’t him that booked it. But anyways, to get to the moral of the story, if anyone cares, Kiss set up and actually performed live on a boat off the coast of Port Lincoln in support of the Australian Marine Conservation Society in front of like eight special die-hard fans. The whole idea of the debacle was that Kiss would play some songs, and then sharks swimming in the area would show up because they 'love the low-frequency sounds of rock and roll.' Bassist Gene Simmons was very impressed with the whole ordeal and even said, "Guys, this is probably the most interesting gig I’ve ever done. I’d want my own autograph after this." Bam! I’ve got it! Let’s go with this, (fireworks and sirens wailing), let’s have the first-ever Metal Pulp And Paper Headline Questions three-part question. This is exciting. Mary, drum roll please…
10.1: What has been your most interesting gig so far?
Ana: Wow, anything after this story wouldn’t be interesting at all. We didn’t have gigs in some exotic or unconventional places, but we played in venues which were classified as seismic risk or venues without a PA. Once we had a concert where we played for two bartenders and a couple. 10.2: Is there a person out there walking this earth that you’d like to get an autograph from?
Ana: I am more like a conversational person. I would rather change some words with someone I admire than get an autograph. I never thought about this, but I have a lot of persons I admire, like Amy Lee from Evanescence, Tarja Turunen, Phil Bozeman from Whitechapel, etc. They are all amazing vocalists. Maybe, just maybe, I would take a picture with Angelina Jolie. 10.3:And then, give a shout out to a local band from your home town out there that you think the sharks would have shown up to listen to instead of Kiss.
Ana:W3 4R3 NUM83R5 would definitely make sharks head bang with their subbases. 11.Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Talks Backstage Perks: Their Own Dressing Rooms, Masseuses & Personal Assistants
MPAP: Must be nice, I guess, right? I don’t know how true this one is, but alongside Haribo gummy bears in his dressing room, Marilyn Manson reportedly has asked for a 'bald-headed, toothless hooker' in his rider at one point in his music career. What have been some of your backstage perks that you’ve gotten or asked for before? Can you top Manson’s?
Ana: We do not actually ask for a lot of things, only some food and drinks in the backstage if possible. It happened to us to have our own fridge at one point and we did not know how to react. 12. Pete Townshend Says The Who "Sort Of Invented Heavy Metal" In 1970
MPAP: Ya right! And this is coming from a guy that recently said in an interview he’s glad drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle are dead and gone and no longer in The Who. What a dick. Anyways, who do you think invented Heavy Metal music in your eyes. Some say Black Sabbath’s self-titled album in 1970 was the birth of Heavy Metal music. Others argue that Blue Cheer's 1968 record Vincebus Eruptum is the first heavy metal album, while others say Coven's 1969 album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls is where it all started. Maybe you have a total different take on it?
Ana: Not a big fan of heavy metal myself, but I would say that it all started from Black Sabbath. 13.Metallica's 1991 Self-Titled Album Breaks New Billboard Record
MPAP: Yes, I know, I know. Not another Metallica question. What can I say they make a lot of news headlines. So, the Black album is approaching 17 million sales in the United States while cresting over 31 million worldwide and has sold so well that it's now become one of the only four albums in history, of any genre, to be on the Billboard 220 for 550 non-consecutive weeks. That’s over ten years? At one point I think I heard it sells like 5,000 copies a week. I wonder how many warehouses Lars has rented over the years to store them all? Anyways, blah, blah blah, either way, it’s quite the accomplishment, but more importantly, what about your band? What is something that you’re proud of that has happened, and why?
Ana: I am happy that we managed to record and release our debut album in April 2019, our first merchandise, and the most important thing is the fact that we have shows and do what we love, pushing our limits constantly. It is really satisfying to see people having a good time at your show. Underwaves is my baby, my child, and I am really proud of it. 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! Anyways, so, on behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Ana, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band, Underwaves, does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Ana: Follow us on our social media platforms to be up to date with our latest news. Thank you, Metal Pulp And Paper for this great interview!