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VOLUME 2, ISSUE 3 • 2011
DARK SUMMER DAWN
PHOTOS FROM &
TATTOO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT WILL ELLIS Timeless Tattoos
MUSIc • art • thought
Welcome To The Show
Table of Contents
5 .........................................................................HOURCAST 6 .......................DARK SUMMER DAWN INTERVIEW 7 ........................................................... FALL INTERVIEW 8 ................................... TIMES OF GRACE INTERVIEW 9 ........................................................................... Hellstar 10-11................................... tattoo Aritist Spotlight WILL ELLIS - Timeless Tattoos 12 .......................................................... TSOL INTERVIEW 13..........BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR INTERVIEW 14 .......................................................... OTEP INTERVIEW 15 ................................... SMOKING POPES INTERVIEW 16 .......................................................SKOLD INTERVIEW 18.................... VAns warped Tour pics by Turtle 19 ........ The Revival Festival Pics by John Ward NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Really want to thank everyone that has been helping me in bringing this magazine into fruitation. All bands and artists that I have interviewed, the writers, photographers, reviewers, etc., I appreciate it all. On that note, I’ve realized that bi-monthly is the best for CRMzine to operate. Since distribution is in five South Texas cities I will be doing the publication every other month. Next one will be out beginning of July. Was a bit lateon getting this issue out but was lucky to be able to throw in OTEP and TIMES OF GRACE right before I finished this issue off. Both bands bring inspiration to a world ruled by fear and hatred. They are beakons ina cloudy world. Support them as well as any musician and artist that creates music from the heart and the soul. Thanks greatly to Tim and Brea from OLD MAN AND BITTER GIRL RADIO, I appreciate your words.
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Written in blood will be up in san antonio playing bonds 007 aug. 6th and aug. 20th at the White rabbit. they will be releasing a cd/dvd combo “corrupted earth” soon. check them out on facebook @Writteninbloodofficial beaten and butchered is throwing a show aug. 12 here at downtown bar and grill. other bands include vbt, mutation, variations of dismemberment and Face the enemy with vJ bigg robb throwing some vids on the big screen. goretooth will also have his b-day party show sept. 17 at dtb&g with disfigured, mutation, emperial massacre, sculpting atrocity and goatcraft. Facebook @beatenandbutchered count Your dead are playing with Face the enemY aug. 5th at downtown bar and grill. count Your dead will also be playing aug. 6th at the dirty dog in austin with stonedakota and more. count Your dead also will be opening up for the droWning pool concert aug. 16th at riverside muliplex. they also have cd available through their facebook page @countyourdead old man and bitter girl radio, hosted by tim and brea, are churning out podcasts each week, feturing various styles of punk music, drunken debauchery, and ramblings of the insane. www.oldmanandbittergirl.com. be sure to check out some of the written interviews each issue of crossroads music publication. Warriors never die! the 4th annual James Foreman memorial benefit will be nov. 4-5 including video show by bigg robb, acoustic performancies, silent crossroads music auction, food drinks, and live music. publication is facebook @warriorsneverdie mark G. - Editor / Graphic Design / Far past broKen will be in all things crossroads magazine and are in the process of putting out an ep. Find them on Facebook as well.
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the bus and there’s like fifteen people watching. It went overtime, double shootout, and he took the cup from me. So we’ve been having fun after the shows playing hockey, bonding, and such. I can’t tell you how great of the lows. Patrick - I know. I mentioned Kings X’s front man on stage tonight, Doug Pinnick. This dude has been in the business for 25-30 years, and he was backstage in the dressing room and I came up to him and said, ‘Doug, you gotta give me some good energy.’ and I gave him a hug and he said, ‘Let me tell you something. When your struggling out there and you have the strife, that’s when the passion comes through.’ Doug gave me that energy tonight. Yeah, butI try and learn from these guys like Zakk and Doug and everybody on how to navigate this business. At this moment Chad (Szeliga), drummer for Breaking Benjamin came up to us and introduced himself. Patrick - Yeah, this is Chad, he’s our drummer for this tour. As I mentioned earlier when Godsmack took us on tour these guys were the main support. Chad - It’s a small world. Patrick - I never thought in a million years that this guy would be behind the kit, playing with my band, and singing my lyrics tonight. Chad - yes, the Lord works in mysterious ways. At this time another guy came up and started interviewing Chad. people don’t know that. I’m just a little Padawan and Im just learning. What I can tell you is that that is freedom, that’s true happiness. The anxieties of the world, are we going to have enough money, are we going to sell enough records, are we going to win over enough fans.... none of that truly matters. It’s about now! CRM - So tell me, what plans do you have after this tour going on? Patrick - Well they are going to try and keep us on the road, and Im going to keep doing that as well. Just keep doing this as long as we can. I’m not going to fret over it. It’s where it needs to be. I fight it alot, the anxiety and the stresses of the world, but it provides. When you need it the most, it always seems to work out. CRM - And when ever it’s the shittiest, it’s there for a reason. It’s like I have to go through this, there’s a lesson to get out of it. Patrick - Right. I know we’re getting all heavy and metaphysical but think about it, we’re on this spinning ball that’s going 360 thousand miles an hour around this glowing fuckin sun, do you think you have any control at all? You don’t have shit! So what are we worried about man?! That’s what this record is about, ‘Dystopia’, the opposite of a utopia. It’s kind of where we are as a civilization right now and it will turn around, hopefully it won’t take a complete catastrophe.
Interview with vocalist Patrick McBride, from the Boston Metal/Industrial hybrid band HOURCAST while on the Uranium Tour with Black Label Society, All That Remains, and Anchored in Houston, TX 5-11-11.
dudes these guys are.
CRM - That’s great your on a tour were everyone acts like a family or a unit and such. Patrick - I’ve watched BLS play, usually from the front of the stage but last night I watched CRM - So, you guys are on the Uraniit from the back of the stage and I have to say, um tour with BLS, ATR and Anchored, that every single one of those guys, all the how have things been going? way down to the techs to the band hug each Patrick - The tour has been amazing, we other, give themselves pats on the back before jumped on at the last minute because HAIL the show, Zakk gets on one knee and does a THE VILLAIN dropped off, their vocalist had little prayer and when that curtain drops, it’s some kind of vocal issues and we had just goton! I have so much admiration and respect for ten off the road with VOLBEAT. We just got off these guys. It’s powerful. It permeated through the tour and were here in Houston two weeks the crowd when your out there being real and ago. We got a chance to get on this tour and humble and being thankful, people know it. I we jumped at the chance. I wasn’t sure at first am who I am and I’m going to be me and we how we would be recieved but we found that are either going to connect or not. I’m going to the Black Label fans have open hearts and show you my heart and I hope you’re going to open minds and seem to be digging the band. show me your heart back. That’s all I can do That’s all I can ask for. everyday. CRM - You mentioned about just getting off a previous tour, tell us abit about that. Patrick - my joke in the band is that we are the biggest band that nobody knows about. We’ve been around almost ten years and our first tour was in 2006 with sevendust, then we went out with godsmack, 30 seconds to mars. We’ve gone out with breaking benjamin and a bunch of different bands. volbeat has been the most recent and that went great. We got a run coming up, hopfully, with hollywood undead and him, so their just keeping us out there man. CRM - You said you jumped on this tour last second, will you be on the whole dates? Patrick - yeah, we are on the whole thing. It will end June 7th and it has been fun. A funny story on the side here: We all play X-Box in the band, we’re all total vidiots, and we play NHL Hockey 2011 and I have been undefeated. every time we’re on the buss I can’t be defeated. So we made a little Stanley Cup out of a coffee can and a vase we found at Wal-mart and it’s all tinfoiled up. So word got back to me that the Black Label guys also play hockey on their bus and one day I was backstage and Nick (Catanese), guitarist for BLS, came up to me and, you know, just asked if everything was ok, wanted to know if we were having fun on tour and such. I’m like, ‘yeah dude, thanks man, we’re having a blast.’ Then he says, “I hear you guys play hockey?’ I told him to send over their best man and he said, ‘That’s me!’ so I said, ‘I’ll see you tonight motherfucker (laughs). So, this was in Alobequerque, and he comes to
CRM - You were mentioned how this album was about that dark time, CRM - Yeah, like the whole 2012 prethose two years. What do you feel CRM - Definitely. Now, you said this dictions. Funny thing, 12/21,2012 is was the most important things that band has been together for ten year. you learned from those two years that my birthday. Mention about releases. Patrick - Haha, no shit! That’s dope! I’m goyou put in the album? Patrick - Well, we released our first release ing to remember that. I have to send you and Patrick - Well, I’m learning it now, even on called “State of Disgrace” in 2006. We did email on your birthday next year and tell you, the road. You gotta just live for the moment. what we could to get it out there, thank God ‘we survived’ haha. Cool. The past is over, it’s behind you, you can’t do Sevendust took us out on our first tour and anything about it. Tomorrow isn’t promised to then Godsmack took us out. Playing areans as you are me. This walkway can collapse and we CRM - haha, great. Well, I think that a new band was great. then for two years we will cover it all for now, thanks for the can be dead in a few minutes, all we have is stopped, had trouble with our label and some this moment right here, you and me doing this interview. legal issues. I sat home for two years and was interview. This is it, this is life. A friend of mine, Patrick - Regardless of what you see or read wondering, ‘what the fuck happened.’ So for in the media you got to have this expereince for Will Martin, singer for Earshot, is with us on like two years I hid in my home in Kansas City tour now. He said to me, ‘The key to life is that yourself. Thank you! with my wife and didn’t know what the fuck you have to die before to die.’ Think about it ws going to happen. Then I get a call from the like this, all the shit you worry about in your life, label and said we we’re going to do another the things you fret about or are record. So all the music on “Dystopia” 2010 anxious about, if you were on as all the shit we went through. those are the your death-bed would any of it stories I’m telling about having the rug yanked really matter? Probably not, and out from underneath you in your life, and that that’s the zone I try and stay in. goes for everyones lives, these are the things that happen, and it’s how you recover. I have a CRM - That’s very true. song on there called “Little Miss Vicotin” cus for i’m working on another awhile I was just like one after another, eating publication dealing with those things trying to feal better about things. the connection between And the reality was that I am the one that has music and spirituality and to make it feel better, and I didn’t learn that am interested in artist until we got back out and had a chance to do it and bands, whether they again. Now I get it. There’s a lot of struggle and are into Hip-Hop, native strife on this record but I think people can reAmerican, Buddhist, what late to it. There’s a story in there for everybody, have you. That’s what I we got heavy stuff and we got ballads. We’re like connecting with and just playing these shows, getting our name out hearing about, people there by word of mouth and keeping it real with that understand and know Crossroads MusiC PubliCation • sePteMber 2010 • suPPort Your sCene! 5 the hope that something is going to happen. their passions, that know And if it doesn’t, then what a ride! that you have to live for today and go for it. CRM - You got to enjoy the highs and Patrick - Interesting. Yeah,
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edgy modern rock band darK summer daWn from austin have been around for a few years now, starting off under the name deejer, dsd have been growing steadily recording with pete thornton (shinedown, limp bizkit) and mark dufour (blue october) and releasing their debut cd “grief can Kill an elephant” in ‘05. in ‘08 the band recorded with dufour and released a heavier and darker release, “dark summer dawn” which they changed their
name under a recomendation from a friend.
With influences ranging from sevendust, pantera, tool, incubus, breaking benjamin to older stuff of the beatles, stones, Zepplin to newer heavier stuff like hatebreed, chamiria, Killswitch the band brings in an eclictic style to their music. darK summer daWn have been recording this past may with producer todd “taz” osterhouse and will be working on their first release under the new name for a soon to be released ep.
in being from austin, there is always live shows happening from every genre and style but for dsd the challenge is that there isn’t much of a modern rock field out there, which works to their advantage in working that corner of the market. “there’s a punk scene, there’s an indie scene, a metal scene, but we really don’t fit any one mold.” at the moment darK summer daWn are working on the ep and have finished recording “pitchfork Kiss” a lighter, catchy track that shows off the range the band has in their music as well as their second track “in the dark”. For the full audio interview please check out website at www.crossroadsmsuicmag.com and click on the austin page link.
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CRM - For those unfamiliar with the band, briefly describe your sound, influences and what you want the listener to get out from your music. FALL - Progressive melodic death metal. Progressive in the sense that we like to keep adding on to the songs structure and avoid too much repetition. Our influences range from artists like Ihsahn, At the Gates, and Devin Townsend. We want the listener to enjoy what we’ve brought to their attention, and hopefully in the process feel the intensity that we want to deliver. CRM - What do you feel will be different as well as the same in newer material being worked on compared to previous material? FALL - The new songs are more to the point that dragging it in a sense. We keep the same style intact in our songs, just focused. And now that we have Jon producing us these songs will blow the old material out of the water. CRM - You recently played a show in Corpus with some other bands, mention about about the scene around where you guys are located and anything coming up show wise. FALL - Yeah this past gig was with a bunch of friends and bands we played with before (An Eaters Curse, Shattered Divinity, and Bleed By Example) with the exception of one band (The Day Before Tomorrow). It was a fun experience aside from the mishaps we had on stage. Glad we had a good turn out. And as for the area’s scene, its becoming more diverse. ‘Cause for a while bands would be coming out left and right but they ended up sounding like the last band that just played. As of now we have no gigs scheduled but were working on booking some venues up Austin and San Antonio with some friends that we jammed with before over there.
CRM - You did a few recordings back last year, can you mention about those recordings and what plans do you have for new material? FALL - The first song (...to dust) was done by just me and the producer Robert Beltran and Precision Studios. He mapped out the drums with a drum machine and I did the rest. A couple months later Freddy and I went in to the same studio and did “The Fires Below” and “An Empty World”. It was our first experience recording these songs in a studio CRM - First and foremost, who’s who in the environment and despite some recording band, how long together and where you techniques that weren’t to our liking, we did guys from? what we could to make it sound good. FALL - I’m Jessie, I play lead/rhythm guitar We’re in the process of recording our first EP and vocals. Javi plays rhythm guitar, David now. We already did all drums at RL Studios plays bass and Freddy does drums. based here in Portland. And the rest will be done in Canada with Jon Howard from Threat CRM - Now, the name of the band is Fall but Signal. An opportunity came up, I contacted I noticed on your Facebook page its falltohim and we worked from there. Kind of putdust and you have a song called ‘..to dust’ ting our foot in the door type situation. We’re can you help clarify this. hoping great things will come of this in the FALL - It was to make our page more specific near future. CRM - Anything you want to add about your and not to get confused with the season, fall. band, your music, etc. So we tied our name with one of our song CRM - When will new material be ready from FALL - Keep spreading the word about us, names. Plus facebook wouldn’t allow the url FALL? get us more “likes” on facebook.com/falltoto be only four letters long. FALL - We’re aiming for a winter release for dust the EP. And we will do what we can to keep your
metal needs satisfied!
Music that comes form the heart, pure and simple. When you listen to TIMES OF GRACE, a Rock/Metal hybrid with Blues infused feel, formed by ex-Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leech and current Killswitch guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, all you can do is envelope yourself within the music and within the lyrics, which I feel are powerful and uplifting. I was able to talk with Jesse over the phone while on one of their stops on the Illuminato(u)r Tour with Underoath. We were able to discuss the bands coming together, whether a Christian label suites them, future music endeavors, and more. CRM - So how’s you doing today? You guys are in St. Louis tonight right? Jesse - Doing good, thank! Yeah, right outside of St Louis, right on the boarder, You can actually see the arch from the club. It’s really really hot over here. Actually waiting for the owner of the club that we’re playing at, we’re going to the grocery store to buy food for a BBQ that I’m hosting. I’m excited, I get to cook out here on the road! CRM - Cool. Now you guys have pretty much jumped on the touring circuit since you and Adam came together. This is the second US tour you guys are on as well as jumping overseas as well. How has this Illuminato(u)r been going? Jesse - It’s been going decent. I’m honestly a little surprised about the small turnouts at some of these shows, but this summer is tough with a lot of tours going on right now. Less kids then I would have expected but the kids that do show up are very energetic and enthusiastic. It’s been a good experience so far all around. CRM - I saw that a few shows in Texas you guys are headlining, Underoath ain’t playing those shows. Jesse - Well, there were days off for the tour and we’re just trying to fill up our days off to help cover expenses of being on a bus and all. CRM - Yeah, I hear being on a buss can be pretty expensive. Jesse - Yes, sir, it can be! Adam, with his back problems and everything, it’s really important for him to be in a comfortable place for his health. Man, I’m not complaining, I love it it out yet, but right now I’m doing what I am called to do and it makes me happy. If that makes any sense to you. on the bus. It’s definitely expensive being on a bus. This is the third time I’ve travels on a bus and I’ve been band traveling my whole life, and I love it. CRM Yeah, so how is Adam being on the tour and being on the road. Jesse - He’s actually doing good, he really takes care of himself, he runs everyday, does stretches, and doing everything he suppose to be doing. I haven’t heard him complain once. in writing a record. It was very little effort as far as the creative process was, just cus of what we went through and being sort of on parallel paths at that time, it just made it easier for the material to come out. It was really honest in ways of tones and the lrical content. CRM - Oh definately. I feel everyone is on that spiritual walk and everyone is at it at diffeent points in their lifes and at different stages along that path. Jesse - yes, I agree completely my friend. That’s a great way to say it. CRM For me, I don’t claim any religious path, whether it be Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, etc., but when I hear music that connects people spiritually, that draws me in even more. Jesse - Yeah, like we’ve said in interviews before, I really stand by it, we write our music for everybody regardless of what you believe. I think for me it more about spreading positivity and love and it doesn’t matter what you believe. I think the moment you say you are this kind of a musician you’ve already penciled yourself in and people expect you to be a certain way and they put you under a microscope and start judging you and/or putting you on a pedestal I don’t want ny of that, I just want to be an instrument for what I want to say through my lyrics.
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CRM - So how did Adam come in contact with you for starting TIMES OF GRACE? Jesse - Well, he was laid up in a hospital in London after his back surgery, unsure if he was CRM - Well, that’s good. It seems he’s ever going to be able to walk again and that’s when he started to write this record in his head come a long way since being in the with the help of a Dictaphone, and when he got hospital. Jesse - Yeah, a lot of things have happened home he started demoing it and figured he had a whole record that he had written in his head. for sure. It’s put a lot of things in perspective He started working on it and he felt that he for him, it was really an intense time for him, but you know, with situations like that, you take wanted me to come and sing on it and write lyrics, that’s when I got the phone call. When the your lessons and learn from them and move on forward and he has definitely done that. I’m record was pretty much musically written he gave me a CD with six songs on it when I was proud of him! on tour with my other band at the time, Seemless, I wrote, almost imediantly, writing the CRM - Both you and him have gone through a lot in life and now, it comes record. Again, it just started coming together. through in your album, The Hymn Of A It was spread out over a year cus of touring and I was working a full time job. We would get CRM - And you are. Like I mean, when Broken Man. Jesse - Yeah, that album is definitely a sonic together on weekends and bang out one or two I hear “Where the Spirit Leads Me” songs. It was a really interesting process. I would say that that is the closes I documentary of a pretty dark time in both our would come to me listening and liking lives. It’s all about redemption, all about coming something I would call ‘Praise and back from all of that. And by God’s grace, living CRM - I’ve looked online a few times at interviews and such where people worship’ music. All the lyrics on the to tell our story. I think it’s important, I think were wondering about ya’lls faith and album talk about dark times, struga lot of people can relate to that. Everybody struggles and every body suffers through pain the bands belief in God, and it shows gles and overcoming adversities. through your music. How important Jesse - Yeah, I’m very connected to Blues but I think the important thing is after those is it for you to bridge both of those music as well, it’s music I love a lot. I think that situations and where do you turn to. Keeping concepts? definitely influences my writing as well. your hope and faith alive. Jesse - I think, for me personally, cus I can’t CRM - How did you come up in your CRM - I’ve had a few people that have speak for Adam cus we has slightly different beliefs, for me, my faith in God is very imporlife, being a spiritual type of person listened to it and have really conand relating it to music. nected with the lyrics. For me, that’s tant to what I’m doing. I don’t call TIMES OF what really dives me being a listener GRACE “a Christian band” cus everone in the Jesse - My father is a minister. He’s an exof music, the lyrical content and how band is not a Christian. I think that would be a Hippy, ex-biker guy, he was also really huge into drugs when he was younger. Turned his they effect other people. And I have to false title. For me, I see it more as me being an artist rather than an evangelist, just me tell- life around, found God in the 70’s and it’s been say thank you for that. a journey ever since, bouncing around from deJesse - You’re absolutely welcome. I just feel ing my story as opposed to standing behind a pulpit trying to save people. And I know some nomination to denomination, started out being that we were just channeling something, sort a Pentecostal from an extreme Christian sort of of the instruments of the words coming through Christian people frown upon that cus we are called to be evangelist but I’m just trying to use family to now being a Lutheran and he’s melus. That may sound kind of hoky but that’s actually how we feel. During the time we were my music and my gifts to the best of my ability lowed out alot. He’s very well learned, got two in the way that I am comfortable with. But I Masters and a Ph.D in Philosophy and Theolmaking this record that stuff was just jumping ogy, so he’s a wealth of knowledge and I’m of on to the page and we were completing each can easily say that if I didn’t have a message contantly picking his brain. But my journey took others sentences. If I got stumped at a point in to what I was singing, I wouldn’t even bother doing it anymore, cus then it would be about me into my own dealing with drugs and kind my lyrics Adam would be me, and it’s not about me. I’m just going to do of rebelled in my teenage years, which alot of right there saying ‘write the best I can to find my path and use my gifts us do, and turned away from my faith and got this or try this’ and visa versa. The two of us were accordenly. I think I’m on my way, I’m not quite heavy into drug use. I started searching out right off the cuff writing this there, I don’t think. I got a little more growing to other beliefs, studying Buddhism then studydo but I’m really happy with the way this record ing Rastafarianism and it definately brought stuff, some even right in is effecting people cus the message is getting me back to my core faith, which is Christianity. the studio. We’d listen to I think it’s important to be open to other things the tracks and write while through to people and people do recognize and to experience life and allow life to take you we were recording. It was that. Again, for me to say TIMES OF GRACE a really interesting experi- is a Christian group that would be a disservice on that path. I think it’s important to study other beliefs, other religions, cus there is something ence writing that way. I’ve cus when you come to a show your going to occasionally here cussing and Adam is still a to learn from everything. I truely belief that the honestly never have writbit of a jokester, he has to be who he is. He’s truth will always lead you back home and set ten that way before. cut back a lot, he doesnt wear his cap anyyou free. CRM - It seems like it more, he doesn’t wear his Daisy Dukes and all was more organic for that funny stuff. I feel if people come to a show CRM - Same with me in a way, I had expecting to see a Christian show their going to a strong hatred towards Christianity you guys. be disappointed and I think we’re walking that growing up, well actually the followJesse - Oh absolutely, fine line and it’s tuff as a person of faith, but ers of Christianity to be specific.... I’d say the process was definitely the most natural now, this is what I am called to do. maybe it’s a Jesse - Yeah, we as humans can screw up tht I have ever expereince step in another direction, I haven’t quite figured pretty bad and organized religion, as a whole,
helstar, the u.s. power metal band from houston, texas, has not received the praise or reached the level of fame as some metal bands, but their passion for the music has kept them together since 1982. growing stronger and heavier with each album, it is apparent that the earlier lineup, James rivera - vocals, larry barragan – guitars, rob trevino – guitars and Jerry abarca – bass, along with mikey lewis on drums, can still deliver what fans truly want – aggression, power and speed. they have released the ultimate heavy metal album of their career titled “glory of chaos”. this album starts with a brief menacing yet harmonious guitar riff, but grabs your attention after the first 35 seconds of track one – ‘angels Fall to hell’. at that point, you are taken on a thrill ride filled with some of the fastest, most intense guitar work; all of which is accompanied by a phenomenal vocal performance. and just when you have grown accustomed to the relentless brutality, you come to ‘alma negra’, which kicks up the thrash level to such a point that you actually believe your head will be torn from your body from head-banging so hard. Fortunately, it is immediately followed by ‘Zero one’; a soothing melody. though less than a minute in length, it brings some much needed relief. overall, the technical skill and drive of these musicians never fails to impress. and the diversity and range of his voice shines through the entire cd, demonstrating why James rivera is a true metal master. You will find that as you reach the end, you actually want to listen to it again.
Family tradition productions, a local music production company will be bringing helstar, along with angst, virgin Force, the labeling theory and the Warshow, to the house of rock in corpus christi on august 06, 2011. James rivera himself has said “god, if people don’t like this, then i don’t know what else to do! (laughing).” so attend the event and experience the “glory of chaos”. see firsthand why this musical offering is going to dominate the industry for many years to come. show James that their work is not only liked, but that their continued dedication to metal fans is greatly appreciated. i know there are still some metal heads in south texas - - let’s prove to the world that helstar is a force to be reckoned with. www.helstarmetal.com http://www.myspace.com/helstar http://www.facebook.com/helstar.metal www.familytraditionproductions.com www.texashouseofrock.com www.myspace.com/texashouseofrock www.facebook.com/houseofrock by Jennifer alfano
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is made up of a father and son with over thirty years experience in the music industry. In his youth, Daniel Perez Sr. (“Big Dan”) played in local tejano and rock bands, such as Vicar and King. Daniel Perez Jr. (“Flaco”) has been writing rap beats and music since he was 12 years old. The combination of their abilities and excitement adds a unique flavor to all the music they produce. They realize the abundance of undiscovered talent in their midst and desire to play a role in revealing it to the world. Music is their passion, and is always on their minds. If you feel the same, let them share your dreams and touch people’s hearts through music.
TATTOO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT CRM - Tell us a bit about Timeless Tattoos, you guys are one of the newest tattoo shops in Victoria. Give us a run down on who’s who. It’s a mom & pop operation that’s headed by my wife Cheryl and I. We are both multi-published award winning artists that do only custom tattoos. CRM - Being one of the newest shops in Victoria, how has business been fairing with you guys? We’ve been doing good, mostly repeat business and referrals. CRM - How long have each of you been working at your profession and where did you guys start off? I’ve been tattooing professionally for 14 years and started out in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cheryl has been tattooing professionally for 16 years and started in Houston, Texas. CRM - What got you into tattooing in the first place? An apprenticeship. CRM - What’s a few of your favorite tattoos that you have given someone? You trying to get me in trouble with my clients? CRM - Has there been a tattoo that
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TATTOO ARTIST SPOTLIGHT someone requests that you hate giving? I try to stay away from racist, overly negative, and gang related tattoos. That said, I’m pretty much into anything that gives me some level of artistic freedom. CRM - In being one of the most recent shops in Victoria, what challenges have you faced in having a business here? Since we’re a custom only studio, there is no flash hanging up anywhere. That seems to confuse the heck out of alot of people! But there are plenty of shops here in Victoria that cater to that part of the industry, and our aim is to capture the hearts of the true collectors out there. CRM - Is there a style of tattooing you like and feel you’re best at? I really enjoy photo-realism but I’ll do anything as long as it’s aesthetically pleasing, flows with the body, and is applied in a manner that will hold up for years to come.
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And I gave them something completely different. Basically? The book is written from the perspective of a demon. But the demonic deal is that someone can be so selfish and so self-minded that they pay no attention to the people or surroundings around them. They OM :: Yeah. Nighttime person and cause their own hell from how many people they’re fucking over. Cause they daytime person. Two different aren’t thinking of how what they do people. JG :: I mean, she’s heard stories but I affects others. don’t act like that anymore. I’ve been It’s pretty crazy. It fucks with your OM :: So was this something you head. If you ever had doubts about intended to write? Or were you ap- sober for over 22 years so I don’t act yourself or what you did or problems like that now. proached to write it? as a kid or any kind of issues about not JG :: Bobby. If you ever get a chance But when I started writing, she imliving up about to what you thought to pick up the book, the acknowledge- mediately started editing. And she’s you were going to be. It’ll get to you. ments start off thanking him. Bobby is crying while she’s doing it. I have drafts where she redlined and there’s out of his mind. He always comes up with these crazy ideas. He’s like.. Vic- tears on it. And she’d go “I can’t read OM :: So this publishing company.. another word!” And I’d reply “Stop it’s the same one that actually put toria, huh? It’s right in the hub.. right it out? in the hub, huh? Let’s open up this all it! Your just being selfish! Just do the work! Dont have any feelings. You JG :: Oh yeah, they loved it! But that night drive-in punk rock 25 cent taco dont need feelings. Take your feelings was the thing.. I didn’t hear back from laundrymat with maybe a massage out of this! “ And she’s yelling “I’m not them for like 4 days. Cause I wasn’t parlor in the back. It’s like.. what the fuck? That’s the kind of shit he comes you!!” It’s basically just me and her locked up in my office that your not up with. supposed to be living in with no bathIt was 3 in the morning in 2005 When the chance to interview Jack room and no kitchen eating rotten Grisham came up, I tried not to act and we were driving the night drive food. Not resting. Not coming out. through Texas and he’s coming up too much like a fanboy. Here is a guy who grew up and was directly with another crazy story. I go “Bobby Working 18 - 20 hours a day. So finally my daughter, and Bobby you’re so full of shit! If you really do involved with the LA punk scene one thing. If you get off your ass and and some other people came and did with the ultra cool punk outfit “TSOL”... and also fronted another you really do it. I’ll come and work for a sort of intervention. They told me my methods are unsound. That I had you. You’ll be my boss. I’ll be your favorite of mine, “The Joykiller”.. lost it. I then lived on my daughsecond in command. I’m in.” And and here was said band TSOL ters couch in a pair of depends and Bobby goes “What about you? You’ve currently on tour also supportfinished the book. That’s how crazy ing Jack’s new book “An American been talking about writing this book for years and you haven’t done it yet.” it got. Demon” which was getting rave So he called me on my own shit. And reviews. When I discovered that OM :: So, I guess while she was we had an interview lined up with I reply “I’ll prove it to ya.” So I went editing, you didn’t go through a home and I started writing. Jack I was pretty stoked and had second or third draft? You just tons of questions to ask. Jack had The minute I started writing, they all went straight through? started teasing me. They were makall the answers. That’s a pretty ing fake little books of their own. They JG :: Yeah. It was just boom, scary thought.. boom, boom. Once I got the idea I were all stapling books together. Just just flew with it. She just kept editOld Man :: So you have a new book fucking with me. So that’s how it ing. Once a chapter was completed I came to be. out and it’s a memior. Is that sent it off. My agent read it and said This first one though, it got rejected. right? just go with it. I’ll stall em. It was No one liked it. I finally got a deal in Jack Grisham :: Yeah. Kinda. I that good! 2009 to do the one I did now. So the mean, it is. You know how a lot of first book? I changed it. I rewrote these guys write books and its kinda the entire book from word one in three OM :: Wow. like a tell all. This guy was a dick. JG :: And here’s the thing. They months. Start to finish. 160,000 This guy did this. This other guy did didn’t pay for this. They paid for a words. this. Mine isn’t. It’s about me. It’s non-fiction punk rock book about about how I destroyed myself through My family and friends? They tried to commit me. It got really bad. I’m eat- west coast hard core in the 1980s. selfishness. It’s a little different than others. It’s a story. I just happened to use real events and wove them into the storyline. So the events are true. It’s just the way they were woven in so it makes it like a story. I’ve read so many memiors and I hate them. And half the guys memiors I’ve read? I know the guys and they are assholes. I mean really? You’re going tell that you shoved ten pounds of cocaine up your ass on a daily basis? ing rotten food abd I’m locked in my office with my girlfriend who’s half my age. She’s doing the editing. And she doesn’t know me. I mean, I do a lot of work in recovery and that’s where she knows me from. But she doesn’t know me.
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always asking how all these young kids are into it, but to me, you have to put yourself into that time when you were a kid and when you were seeing bands like NOFX or BAD RELIGION, which was offensive but to you, it was your escape from mom and dad or escape from any kind of stress or authority.... CRM - Everybody connects with music. Dahvie - Music is connection tool. Your bond with your daughter and the music and you supporting her, that bond is going to last for the rest of your life, and that’s what matters. That’s love. CRM - Definetly. So, how has Warped Tour been? Dahvie - Warped Tour 2011, It’s a dream come true. Being that kid that was 15, going to see bands express their magic, their art, I’ve always been a fan. To see all these bands come together and have this family vibe from day one, and continue that every day is a blessings. It’s a summer of unity! I feel a lot of people are really connecting and realizing drama and hate isn’t going to get you anywhere. Love is the thing that will set you free. we left on our first tour and after each tour it kept getting crazier and crazier. When I see that I always feel were doing something good. Music is a type of feeling or senergy I get when I pick up the mic. Today was probably the most comfortable Ive been on Warped tour. The past two days was great performances, but today it just came together. The band, the sound guys, Im yelling ‘I Love You’ to Cody, who’s running the Skull Candy stage, it was just fenominal. After I get off stage I do some environemental stuff and picking up trash and such, which I learned from Kevin Lyman, which is the god of Warped Tour. He taught me alot of things that taught me alot to care and love and give back. It’s people that want to love and want to make a difference. CRM - Walking around I see all these tents that have various organizations that are changing peoples perspectives about the reality around them. Dahvie - Exactly, and that’s educating and thats knowledge. And knowledge is love and love is the meaning of life. We’re not going to have full enlightenment, we are always going to be ignorant but at least we can wish each other the best of luck and show mercy and compassion and continue on that way to infinity. We are all on this journey. laughs) Dahvie - That’s love! Talk changed from driving on Warped tour, making friends, saying bye to bands after the tour is over, respecting other bands on tour, etc. Talked real quickly with the guys from Rogen Records, who was also on the tour bus about their work on Warped Tour, how they worked on building up their business and such. CRM - What’s next for the band? Relentles touring. We got a full band now. I think this band is going to go through an evolution and go to the next level, where it should be. I think what you see next year is make our live shows more theatrical and more out of this world things, like us in bubble or gliding suits, just crazy stuff. We just want to push boundaries. That’s what inspired us. CRM - Thanks for the interview. Dahvie - Thank you for the interview! Cheers. Thank you for having us! For more of the interview dealing with Warped Tour, eating at Denny’s, recorders looking like tasers and Dahvie slightly shocking himself with his own real taser listen to the audio version of interview online.
BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR After a good Warped Tour show in San Antonio I was able to contact Dahvie from BOTDF while hanging out at the after party. We headed into their tour bus and prior to starting the interview I asked Dauvie if he would call my daughter, Isis, since she was the one that turned me on to the band and has been a fan of theirs. Below is some of the small outtakes of our interview, for the full length audio interview, starting with the call, please click on the audio link here. (warning: talk about drinking, smoking, and debauchery follows.) CRM - Thank you for calling my daughter, that was awesome, that was beautiful. Turtle (friend of mine) - Wow, that was pretty deep! That build up my self esteem! DAHVIE VANITY - When I realized that that was your duaghter I realized, ‘Man, that really means alot to him, so that will make his day.’ Your kid’s gonna be really happy and that’s the thing, love is the message. CRM - I try and include her in things I’m interested in, which is music.... Dahvie - Most parents are not like that. CRM - She ws the one that told me about you guys. I’m into all different types of music and the first time I heard you was on your ice cream song (Scream For my Ice Cream) and I was like, oh, hummmm!, since she’s only 12. Dahvie - We don’t get it either. We’re
CRM - You seem really deep and thought provoken person and I always think thats great talking with bands and others, unlike him (turning to Turtle) Turtle - What, I wasn’t even CRM - I think it’s becoming more listening! and more promenent. Especially Dahvie - He with kids, they have things they go seems like your through, we all went through things growng up, but with kids, they haven’t bro, like he’s your right hand even reached adulthood where man. theres bills, family issues, children, CRM - (laughs) etc. cus he doesn’t Dahvie - It’s kind of the point of our music, that escape. That redemption have one! (Turtle had his through sound. That understanding hand cut off a what a song means to somebody. few years back When we saw what our music was in a work related doing we just kept writing and that accident) this was going to be our lives. Turtle - Right CRM - What age did you decide that here, all day every day! this was what it was going to be? (everyone Dahvie - I think it was in 2009 when
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the road for a month now and have a week left, how have things been going? OTEP - Great, fantastic, no complaints. We’ve had some weird events but over all the bands are supper talented and really dedicated to playing live music, which is becoming somewhat of a spectacle of antiquity. It’s nice to be on tour with bands that take that seriously and who love it, no matter the venue, like now, we’re playing a billiards hall tonight, this is a first for me. It’s kind of silly but it is what it is and we’re going to have fun with it. We are subject to the whims of agents and promoters, if we did book the shows things might be a little different. Some places we know and some places we don’t and there are some that we will never play again. Over all we are always excited and happy to have the opportunity to play. OTEP - There wasn’t much difference, about the same for me. I bring in about three dufflebags full of lyric books, poetry books and sketches that allow me to build the songs. This time I tried to step away from being so conscious about the album and let my subconscious guide me through the record. I wanted it to be a much more emotional, vulnerable and volitate record then say something that would press more intellectual buttons. I wanted to press more emotional buttons, not only within myself and with the listener as well. CRM - And that’s one thing with you, your music, and things you do. People that listen to you get more out of it, they get substance there. What inspired you personally. OTEP - I appreciate that. Thank you. Oh, I don’t know, that’s a hard thing to say. What motivates anybody? What incites anybody? As a philosophical perspective I believe art should be multidimentional and multi-sesnsory. I don’t think it should be something you just listen to. I think it should be something you experience, something you feel, that you have a reaction to. That you can have some sort of empathy with, whether you understand the experience or what the song is about or maybe you know somebody that has had that experience, or even if you can relate it to your own life in a way I didn’t intend it to be written. I appreciate the fact that our supporters and my fans listen to the music for more than just the fact that I’m a girl that goes “Grrrrr.” That is appreciated and that might be the thing that brings them to me initially, but once they get passed that and get into the words, which is what is most important to me, I am honored and greatful for that. not going to give one dollar to allow these corporations and those on top to to float off into paradise while he has animals in the factories suffering, scared and fearful animals. We have progressed as a society that we don’t need to eat meat to survive. As far as human rights, for me, its stems from marriage equality to immigration rights to victim rights, those that have been molested by the Catholic church and the church that hides those bishops instead of protecting the victim, I’m a supporter of the DREAM Act, people that are in this country and want to serve their country should deserve citizenship. We continue to look around at each other and make each other the enemy instead of the real enemy who are those that use the working class for their own gain. Whether your a Democrat or Republican, which doesn’t matter,what I tell people, any time someone brings up a social or moral issue, I want people to say, ‘Be quiet!’ If I want moral lessons I will open a book or go into a church or a temple or I will read philosophy. Where are the jobs? Fix the economy! Read the constitution, read the Declaration of Independence, fix that! CRM - What is your take on spirituality? OTEP - Im a spiritual person not a religious person. I respect religions as long as they don’t condemn me. I have issues with the Catholic Church, not Catholics or good Catholics but the elders of the catholic churchs who know. There was one Catholic priest that molested 200 deaf little boys and they moved him to another church and silenced the families! When you are the proxy of God, the representation of the Lord, of peace and love on this earth, this is all that those children know, and your molesting deaf children! How can you respect that. I do respect the teachings of Jesus Christ, I think it’s a beautiful idea. There is two commandments, not ten. Love God, Universe, the world and you love your bothers and sisters. That’s beautiful. I understand why people need faith. My mother is a very spiritual person, she is a Christian and she needs her faith. When people and family have died in my life, where they go, my mother wants to know they are safe and in the arms of love. I understand that and I support her in that belief 100%. I support anyone that is spiritual, I’m an artist, we create things, there is some form of internal spiritual magic that occurs. When religions become exclusive or they say ‘this is the only way’ I have a problem with them. I believe we should be closer to the earth, we used to be close to the earth, we lived in connection with it, we could tell what She was communication with us.
Interview - Otep Saturday, 02 July 2011 15:31 Musician, poet, animal rights and human rights activist and soon to be Internet radio talk show host Otep Shamala spoke with Crossroads Music Magazine on the last leg of the Atavist Tour with fellow label mates Blackguard, Sister Sin and Destrophy as well as Austin, Texas band One-Eyed Doll while they played Theo’s Billiards in Corpus Christi the last day of June.
CRM - And there is a diverse line up of bands playing different genres of music. OTEP - And I like that! That’s the kind of shows I like to go to where there is a diverse group of artists. Technology, society, and culturally we’ve become very isolated. We can put on Pandora and only listen to bands that we like and never really be exposed to anyFor the full in depth nterview be thing that is new or that we may or may sure to check out the 50min mp3 not like. I think, for a creative person, that is available here (www.crossit’s important to be exposed to all types roadsmusicmag.com/images/ of things, even things you don’t like, audio/otep-interview-6-30-11. because there’s going to be a reaction to mp3). In the audio version Otep it one way or another. Wether you say, talks about her passions in life, ‘I will never write that kind of music’, ‘I including animal and human rights will never write that kind of song’ or ‘I issues, imigration issues, gay rights, will never say that in a song’ or maybe documentaries that she finds of inspire you to take a position against interest, politics, the difference something, or whatever. I believe bebetween spirituality and religion, as ing exposed to things that are different well as other items that stand true helps you grow as a person, as an artist, in her heart. as a thinking human being. CRM - Let’s just start with the tour your on, you guys have been on CRM - Tell us how the process was in going into your new album?
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CRM - Outside of music you have become very vocal on various aspects of life, dealling from PETA to human rights to things people that should be aware of in life. Musicians like yourself, as well as other artists out there, are there to open it up for people to learn from, I am appreciative by that. OTEP - Thank you. I can’t say what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing this, but I believe, if I seperated myself away from it I would probably still try and be actively involved in things I care about and causes I care about. I’m a vegetarian, for social reasons. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the taste of chicken or any of that, I actually miss it very much. It’s that these giant corporations torture these animals before they die just so they can become food that we eat, digest and excrete it out an hour later seems to me pointless. This animal is a sentient being, they understand, they have a consciousness, they are not a bag of Doritos, this is their reality. I’m CRM - How do you feel with the
US SCENE Sometimes I forget that Brea and I have the coolest jobs in the world. We listen to music, we hang out with our friends and make fools of ourselves and we get to talk to our favorite bands... Case in point... Josh Caterer from the Smoking Popes. Smoking Popes are an indie/alt/punk band from Chicago. They had some great records come out in the nineties before vanishing and reappearing a few years ago with the album “Stay Down”. In the meantime, Smoking Popes have inspired a whole crop of younger bands, help define and reinvent a genre and take time out to put forth their latest effort, a concept album called “This Is Only A Test”. So while in Houston Texas, Josh Caterer took some time out to chat with us outside Fitz.
Old Man :: So where did the band name come from? Josh Caterer :: Well, my brother Matt suggested that we call ourselves “The Popes.” He had heard that there was gang in Chicago called The Popes and thought it was cool because we were interested in having something with religious imagery. I thought so as well but also thought that we should expand on it a little bit. The something Popes. We thought about it, came up with some options, but we really liked smoking because our favorite movie at the time was “The Pope of Greenwich Village” with Mickey Roark. He smokes a lot in the movie. And he looks real cool doing it. OM :: This band is primarily made up of you and your brothers. What is it like being in a band with them? Is there a lot of rivalry or bickering? JC :: There’s not any bickering that happens. I think we got that all out of our system when we were in grade school. Ever since then we’ve been really close friends. OM :: You have a rather unique singing style. It’s unmistakeable. Do you have any influences for your voice? Or..? JC :: Uhm... well I have influences. But I think a persons voice is what it is. It’s a God given thing. You can choose to stylize it a bit but there is only so much you can do that. I think stylewise though the person that affected me the most when I first started really singing would be Morrissey. OM :: And you guys got to tour with him with Destination Failure? JC :: Yeah. I believe he was touring for Maladjusted. OM :: And he said he liked your record? JC :: Yeah! And that totally blew my mind. It was almost surreal to find that Morrissey liked my band because I had spent so many hours gazing up at my Smiths poster listening to the Queen is Dead over and over and over. And so it just seemed like he came from another world and when it turned out that he somehow heard my band and liked it was like hearing Jack Nicholson thinks your cool. OM :: So, let’s flash forward a few years. Out comes Bayside with Synonymn and Asqueisce. On the press release for that album they said that they had recorded it as a sequel to Jawbreakers Dear You and Smoking Popes Destination Failure. We got them to play here in Victoria and they were talking about how great you guys were. Flash forward again, and they are covering Megan and you are singing the second chorus with them and touring with them. So how do you feel that one minute your touring with Morrissey and then years later, a band that your on tour with is looking up to you in the same way? JC :: It’s the circle of life, ya know? It’s the product of time. You stick around long enough and you get older and there’s another generation that comes up. It’s all just a process of people partaking in the stream of music. It’s cool. But you can’t let it go to your head. It’s all just this larger thing and we’re all spokes in this wheel. OM :: Let’s talk about this new record. Is it a concept album? JC :: It is. All the songs are written from the point of view of this one kid. He’s a character that I created who is kind of like the kid I was when I was in high school but it’s not me. Because it’s not just limited to my experience. Obviously i wanted to create a kid that I could relate to and express some personal things but kind of get into his head and maybe express some other things that are a little more universal to young people and not just myself. So that’s what I was going for. It had occured to me, speaking of bands that are influenced by us, that there is this younger generation of bands. Some of them that claim us as an influence have gone on to be more successful than us. And I was like, well, what do they do differently? One thing that struck me right away was that some of them tend to write from an explicitly teenage point of view, which I never did, even as a teenager. I was always listening to Frank Sinatra and trying to emulate the tone of his lyrics. Pretending that I was more sophisticated than i really was. I didn’t do to much writing as a kid or to kids. I was sort of mulling this over in my brain and I thought that it would be funny if I did that now when I’m well into my thirties and before i could dismiss the idea, I started getting all these ideas of songs. Like the first verse in the first song of the album. It just sort of started popping into my head. I wrote that song really quickly. And then I started thinking okay what are some other teenage topics? And I was like.. I’ve got mono! It just popped in there. And then I started getting excited. I wrote 5 songs in 5 days... which I never write that fast. But the songs were just coming really fast. As I was writing them I decided to not over think them and not do very much revi-
sion because I wanted there to be this sense of urgency. I basically wanted to drill down on that phenomenon of feeling like whatever your problems are, whatever is going on in your world is so massive that the universe is coming to an end if something is wrong. Or if people in your environment are bothering you, you take it so personally and feel that the world is against you. I wanted to sing from that point of view because its sort of a funny thing. Like the kid in Excuse Me Coach. You’re like come on dude, it’s not that big of a deal!! So it’s just kind of funny, but I also thought it might be encouraging to some kids who hear it. OM :: I think it was in 2008 when I saw you guys play in Austin and you introduced “The Corner”. I believe you had said it was inspired by a movie or novel. What movie or novel was that? JC :: It was inspired by the book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. It’s a really hard song to place in a set so we don’t usually play it. Some guy.. I think it was in Toledo. He came up to me afterwards and said he was a high school English teacher and that he uses that song as part of his curriculum. He was teaching Capote’s book. He would play the song and hand out lyric sheets and explain how the lyrics relate to different parts of the book. OM :: Yeah that song is great. Your listening to that album and this song comes and it’s got this eerie tone to it and the lyrics start and your just taken a back. JC :: Yeah. I reread the book inspired by seeing that movie “Capote” a few years back. The movie was specifically about the writing of that book. And I hadn’t read that book since high school. I had remembered liking it but I didn’t really remember what it was about. So, I picked the book back up and was floored by it. So, there’s the song.
bubbles up. There’s something in there that has got to come out. You’ve got to kind of draw it out. So I felt like that was in there and I had this idea that I communicate something that was kind of deeper and more personal than I had done before. So I started sitting down and working on things and trying to write something and none of it ever felt right. I even started going on trips and I would just get in my car and drive. There was this one time for a couple of weeks where I would just drive around from town to town by myself and check into hotels at nights and sat there with my guitar and just worked on it and kind of just grasped for something. I had notes and I had bits and pieces but nothing. Then after about 3 months I was exhausetd by the process and I figured okay, forget it, I give up. I remember I went to bed that night and just was laying there in the dark drifting off to sleep And I was like okay, I’m not going to write a snog I’m just going to tell a story. I reached over and turned on my lamp, got the paper out, and started writing without any regard to rhyme or meter or anything. I just started telling this story about this break up I had had that totally demolished my life at the time. When I got up in the morning, I decided im not changing any of it. I’m just going to build the music around so there was going to be no rhyming, no timing. It just is what it is.
OM :: So after all of that it’s gotta feel pretty good to play that song and everyone sings a long with you. It’s gotta feel pretty good, huh? JC :: It’s satisfying to have gone through that personally and sticking with it until you’ve gotten the thing. And then to see the fruit of it in that it resonates with people. Because that’s what you want from a song. That’s your purpose. You just want to bring something into the world that is going to touch people and mean something to them. Just to see that you’ve achieved that with OM :: You mentioned your songwriting process one song is pretty gratifying. for the new album and how it came easier than usual. When you were writing other albums, You can listen to the interview at such as Destination Failure, was it a lot harder www.oldmanandbittergirl.com in to do? Cause the lyrics on that album are really our interview section! good. When you hit Pretty Pathetic and reach the last part everyone in the crowd starts singing along...Everyone can identitfy with it. JC :: That song, Pretty Pathetic, it took me longer to write than any other song that I’ve ever written I think. It took me months to get to the place where I could write that song. When I finally wrote the lyrics, they came out really fast. But I had to go to this place within for three months before I could write it. And what it was was that I felt that there was smoething in there percolating. That’s part of the creative process. It starts with this urge that
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Interview with Tim Skold for Crossroads Music Publication. Interview by Nic Leur “My part of town is under some kind of lock-down, there’s a murder suspect on the loose! Their telling everyone to stay in and lock your doors.” crm: no Kidding? “Hopefully you can’t hear the helicopters, there’s three or four of them directly above me, the school a few blocks away is on lock-down also, and I’d say they are three or four blocks away from me…big drama!”
get disorientating…disorientating? Yeah, well, one of those…” crm: so many singles have come off of your new record, some from a year ago, were you wrestling with the sound before you had everything in place? “Oh, you’re talking about “I Will Not Forget”; it was three tracks out there,” (“A Dark Star” and “Bullets Ricochet”)
crm: Yeah, that’s it! “Well, really right now “Suck” is the first proper single. I think your thinking about a year ago, maybe even more there was a song placed in a TV show (NCIS) and it crm: that’s got to be some tense envi- seemed weird for me to just have it in the ronment for doing some creative work, show and not make it available, so I did a isn’t it? small mini release there, a digital only. And “Yeah, it’s just that you‘ve got to learn to those tracks are now remastered/included filter out all the helicopters from recordon the single. So you can actually get em ing, that’s the problem with recording in on hard copy on CD if you want to. Los Angeles, helicopters and leaf blowers. They got K9 units and all, I can see the crm: We’ve been waiting for that. the helicopter footage on the TV and I can ‘suck’ single is pretty generous, there see the helicopters at the same time! are quite a few songs on there. I figured I would try to include pretty much crm: hey, i thought you were finished stuff that was available for a time and it completing your recording? sounds better than ever. “It never stops! (laughs) Where you at?” crm: Were any of your songs jammed crm: south texas. i understand you out or arranged beforehand? did you had a lot of experience in your old sculpt your compositions in the studio days touring all over texas; did you at the computer or did you find yourself like it back then? piecing them together on guitar? “Yeah, there used to be a funny line I had, “It all happens in different ways for difbecause Shotgun Messiah never toured ferent songs and most of the time songs outside of the U.S. we did one show in start out on guitar but sometimes they will Sweden before…well, maybe a few more start out on the computer with synthesizshows…their hardly defined as shows… ers and so-forth, it really varies. I like to We would tour the U.S. and much to my keep myself amused and one of the tricks amazement Texas is larger than what a in doing that is not to have a set standard lot of Texans would like to think, it just or a ritual that I comply to. I essentially goes on and on…” We would tour Texas free form it and do whatever I feel like, I for weeks at a time, it’s like, ‘This is the don’t have a recipe, I’m not a pop factory, Texas Tour!’” I don’t work that way, I don’t want to work crm: man you couldn’t get out of it, what were your favorite cities? “Well it all kind of blurs, ya know? I’ve done it so many times, its a little bit bizarre because I can get a sense of familiarity but you know you come back a year or two later, they might have painted the walls or something, new chairs, whathave-you, but one thing that tends to stay the same are the exit signs, so when your on stage and the show starts, THAT’S when you realize where you are, “Oh yeah, I remember this place” …because of the configuration of exit signs” it can
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that way I like to keep it loose and inspira- collaborate you are going to have to let tional. go of some of the stuff, cause that’s what collaboration is all about. You know, if you crm: Was the mindset creating your can’t stand hearing someone else’s opinnew record the same as you apion, you can’t collaborate. And so yeah, proached your first record when you I’m enjoying the full engagement of what went solo in 96’? or do you have differ- I’m doing because I’m not letting anyone ent ambitions for this record? listen to this stuff let alone comment on it, Oh, the mindset and the ambitions…oh, its really a ‘live by the sword, die by the there’s a conflict there, could be a conflict, sword’ kind of thing because I don’t have to me (laughs). At the end of the day and any scapegoats, there’s no excuses, it is even in the beginning of the day ITS ALL what it is, ya know?” ABOUT MUSIC and the whole business side of things, of actually, you know – crm: i understand you had some trouselling records, doing that whole…its so ble in the past with trying to put some secondary, I’m really only concerned with music out but it wasn’t kept under tight making music and recording sounds and wraps… writing songs, that’s where its at for me Yeah, i’ve been around for a bit, ya so the other part is totally secondary and know? Been around the block a few probably not a good thing. I kind of wish times, so I actually remember the world I was more of a businessman and entrebefore the internet, I remember a time preneur when it comes to that whole thing, before everybody carried a digital cambut I’m not, and I think I’ve come to terms era, I remember the world before mobile with being…’Me.” I wanted to say that the phones, I remember when Pagers came record might be more bitter and more dark around…I remember dinosaurs…(Laughs) but it’s pretty hard to make a ‘more bitter No but seriously, things have changed and more dark’ album than that “SKOLD” and you learn as you go. I consider myself album from back then! So the mindset fairly educated on new things and cutting is quite similar but you know. Everything edge and I knew at the time what mp3’s Changes, nothing stays the same.” were and how you distribute them, the damage it could potentially make for trying crm: i was picking up on some of that to solicit materials to a record company, bitterness in some of your heavier so I made, I think it was a dozen copies, recordings; do you feel anxious now and they were not watermarked, I did that you have the opportunity to make experiment with watermarking back then music as yourself rather than the sup- but that’s a different story. One of those porter or producer of another artist (i.e. copies that I gave to what I considered to marilyn manson, KmFdm)? be close and trusted people managed to “Yeah, I like to collaborate, I think I make a make its way to the internet and that was good team player, I don’t think I’m natuessentially it. The stuff leaked and spread rally a team player but I think I make a all over the place, and once something is good team player if I want to. I’m too hon- available for free it becomes really hard to est, that’s why I’m not a good team player, sell it. So for me to go to a record comI’ll tell people what I think, But the trick pany and say, ‘Hey, give me the money with collaborating is that it automatically so I can finish this record.’ Their reply will limits the engagement. If you are going to just be, ‘Well…why? It’s online. It’s free. Everybody’s grabbing it anyway.’ So it’s a little tricky like that. The big bugger for me was that I can’t figure out who it was, I’ve let that go. The problem I have is that it wasn’t done! Those were demos, I didn’t get to finish it, ya know? At least I would have felt better if it was like the completed work, then maybe I would have felt worse.
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real sure what they were going to do. You don’t know if they’re going to like it. The guy finally wrote me back and said “I’ve never had a manuscript like this. I dont’ even know how to edit it.” So the actual editing process which is normally a long process was only 45 minutes. There were only 5 changes I needed to make. After those few changes, it went to the copy editor and it was another 45 minutes. So the whole editing process was less than 3 hours. It was crazy! And testament to my chick at how good she was at editing.
some would say has done more harm than good for the teaching of Christ. It’s always subject to human interpretation of what the Scriptures say and sometimes your interpretation is going to be vastly different from another persons interpretation. It’s important to discuss things, be wary of people. I know that the Church has turned alot of people off on religion, and that’s a bold statement. Especially the Catholic Church, and that comes from listening and having deep discussions with people that have been turned off by them and some during to atheism.
CRM - Yeah thats true, for me I studied Native American teachings, Wicca, then Hinduism and Buddhism over many years. Then I decided to go back to Christianity since that is what I had issues with in the first place. I decided to read the teachings of the Christ only, since that is what Christians follow, and read his words only. After I read them I agreed with a lot of the teachings and they didnt clash with other ideas and beliefs I studied over the years. In the end it all comes down to love. OM :: So this was obviously your first book then? Jesse - I agree. Love is the most powerful thing and love can over come BG :: Yeah. Never wrote a book before. And I tell people anything in this life. That is the thing people can lose when people get I learned how to write on facebook. I mean its stupid involved with the politics of the church and organized religion, it’s easy to right? But the bottom line is you only have 140 characters get caught up in it and forget that we are suppose to love and not to judge and its some of the most important things that many religions teach and to convey a message and to make it clear.. humurous or sad or whatever. So in 140 characters I’m going to tell a it’s definitely, to me, a personal thing I hold close to my heart. That’s why I story that will create a reaction. This helped me to focus wrote the song, “Live in Love”
and be clear with the book. It’s really a writing exercise. It really helped. But now the focus is just to get the book out to as many people as possible. And they tell their friends. It’s different than a record. You put a song on air and 2000 people hear it. It’s not like that with a book.
CRM - In know this album was just released at the beginning of this year how do you feel in working on a future release? Do you feel you’d like it to go as easy as the first or do you feel that you would have the feeling of wanting to top that? Jesse - I think any artists would want to progress and move forward. If this does create another record, which I hope it does, we would definately want to progress. There’s already talk about doing an acoustic EP, with OM :: Yeah it’s easier for someone to say they like Bluesy acoustic stuff, then put out a full on heavy record. I definately a song. You can’t just pick up a book and say this foresee us branching out in our genre becoming a little more diverse, and looks well written. that excites me. I love pushing genre boundaries and I think we need to JG :: Yeah. That’s been the good thing about this book. do more of that in music. Make it exciting as long as it’s cohesive. But When they pick up the book and start going through a few yeah, I don’t think it would be the same thing, as it shouldn’t be. You got pages they have a hard time stopping going through a few to be honest about where you are at in your life and the struggle is not yet over here. I definitely have plenty more to write about and that people can pages. relate to, cus this world is a carzy messed up place and I find inspiration in everything.
OM :: So the response has been great? Do you know how many you’ve sold so far? JG :: Not really. I don’t really care. I know it’s thousands of books. But I really don’t care. We’ll just see what happens.
CRM - (After getting the headsup from tour manager on time) So final question, how do you unwind? OTEP - (laughs) What does that mean? OM :: I heard that you do hypnosis? Unwind! (Laughs) I read, I like watchJG :: Yeah. I do! It’s bitchin. It’s really cool when you ing It’s Always Sunny in Philladelphia. can do it. You can’t hypnotize a person that doesn’t want There’s the old saying, ‘When you do to be hypnotized though. I can’t make you rob a bank. what you love, you never work a day But if you had it in you to in your life.’ I miss my girl, it’s kind of rob a bank, I could make CRM - Getting into things that are happening in the world, frightening not knowing if she can come what are somethings that bother you the most? you rob a bank. A lot of back into this country (Listen to audio hypnotic phrasing is used in Jesse - That’s a huge question. I think the lack of knowledge that we are interview for reference) but when I’m given through the media, there’s a lot of shifty crazy things going on and the book and that helps to a lot of people have no idea about it. People are so use to turning into with her we cook and having time. You suck you in as well. their reality television and the media does not allow us to know what’s re- know, moments you can never get back. ally going on, so that’s what upsets me when people don’t know and take If you break it down, all life is, is time. To listen to the full at least an hour a week to research what’s going on in the world. There is We got to try to enjoy those moments when they come and I definately have a lot of social injustice going on in the world and I think the more people interview with Jack know about it the more positive change can happen and people will then enjoyed this time talking. Thank you Grisham (Writer of realize the power that they have within themselves and not have to rely brother! American Demon and on the government all the time. That’s one of my peeves! singer of Joykiller and For the full 50min audio version TSOL), go to www.oldCRM - I appreciate this time you took out for this interview, of this interview please go to: mandbittergirl.com and any last words? Jesse - Thanks for the support of anything I’ve done. So very blessed to www.crossroadsmusicmag.com continue to do this. Thak you brother, peace!
CRM - Definately. Now, Matt of SHADOW’S FALL is playing bass on this tour as well as the previous European tour. What happened with Daniel? Jesse - He had some family issues, he basically had to go home and take care of his family. He needed to make money and being in a band touring takes sacrifice and he had to take care of his Mother-in-law and we all respect him for making that decision. He’s a family man, as you should be, and he put his family first and we respected it. We ended up getting Matt which has been a perfect fit, the guys a great player with a great voice, so we’ve been really lucky to get good players in this band.
climate is now adays, with politics and such, ten, fifteen years from now, do you see it getting better or getting much worse before it gets better. OTEP - I’m a liberal, not a democrate, my liberal voice inside my head says, ‘I wonder what it would have been like if we had a liberal president for the past two and a half years.’ I don’t believe Obama is a liberal, I believe him to be a Moderate, though he campained as a liberal. Universal health care, Medicare for all if you want to call it that, I’m for it. I’d rather my tax dollrs go to people to be healthy than go to Blackwater and these silly industrial contractors. If it stays the way it is I don’t see a lot going on. We have been the top tip of the spear since WWII, but I don’t know if we can stay a super power or even if we need to remain to be a super power, what’s the point of that. It’s a source of pride for a lot of people, I don’t know if we can maintain that. I’m hopeful people will become more involved.
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