Dirty Black N’ Rollers Death Motif have a cracking new EP to unleash on the world – The Water EP – so what better time to ask guitarist Andy Bonney our questions of biblical proportions….
1. So….what are Death Motif up to then?
“Since we got the EP done [The Water EP], we’ve been writing songs for our first full length, which we want to have recorded in the spring.”
2. Which album/artist/gig/experience made you first realise you ‘Worshipped’ Metal?
“My tastes were pretty eclectic growing up. I always really liked Metallica but I was more of a Punk Rock kid. When I was in high school, a friend of mine burned me copies of In Flames’ Whoracle and Children of Bodom’s Follow The Reaper and I freaked the fuck out. I had never heard that kind of music before; hyper melodic but without melodic singing and the guitar playing really set me on fire. I remember listening to those two albums for the first time while I was house-sitting for my Aunt and I was working on this really outlandish project for English class. I put those CD’s in my Aunt’s music player and listened to both of them probably ten times that day. I didn’t get any work done on my project because I was paying attention to the music and I remember very distinctly thinking, “Well, this is the kind of music I like now.” I ended up selling a lot of my Punk Rock music collection pretty quickly after that (which I do regret now) and spending the money I made on a bunch of European Death Thrash and Swedish Death Metal albums. I also pretty much immediately started taking guitar lessons.”
3. Name the one album that epitomises Heavy Metal over all others.
“It’s hard to peg down only one but then I thought about it for two seconds and realized the answer is Anaal Nathrakh’s In the Constellation Of The Black Widow. It’s tempting to go with something classic that literally every Metal Dude will nod his head approvingly to – like Reign In Blood or Screaming For Vengeance but Constellation has all my favorite things about Metal stuffed in to it. Honorable mentions go to Meshuggah for Chaosphere and Master Of Puppets.”
4. Which guilty pleasure album do you listen to the most? Be honest now.
“Nearly every single one of my friends insists that I should feel guilty about how much I love Dream Theater. Since they don’t think Dream Theater is the best band in the world (and they are), I know that my friends have no taste and are bad people. Out of their catalog, my favorite studio album is Train Of Thought but I listen to pretty much all of their stuff all the time. I just had a day at work this week where I put on my headphones and listened to Dream Theater for eight hours. When they released their last two albums, I listened to those for the entire time I was at work. I’ll bet a lot of readers feel embarrassed for me that I admit that, but there it is. Dream Theater is the best.” [Never apologise, never explain; there ain’t nothing wrong with a bit of Dream Theater! – Ed]
5. You have one opportunity to introduce your band to the entire world, which song do you blast them away with?
“If we’re playing live, I choose “Owner And Owned” every time. If it’s studio material, I’d probably go with “His And Hers”. The similarity between the titles of the two songs I chose is weird, I know.”
6. You find yourselves booked on a mammoth, 12 month, non stop, around the world tour, what 5 essential items do you take with you in order to survive?
“I would need. 1) My shitty phone (I have a Windows Phone and it sucks) because I use it all the time for everything. 2) A toothbrush, because good dental hygiene is important. 3) A good pair of shoes to put on my feet so they don’t get cold. I hate when my feet are cold more than almost anything else. 4) My backpack, which I use to hold things. 5) An emery board so I can file my fingernails.”
7. What’s been your most memorable experience on the road?
“It was our first out of town show, we went to Harlingen, Texas to play a show. Harlingen is down by the Mexico/U.S. border in the Rio Grande Valley. We got lost going there and ended up on Mustang Island because we all assumed someone else was navigating. We ended up getting to the venue and having a really cool show with a lot of really cool dudes.
The next day, though, we were headed back north and had to go through a Border Control checkpoint. Turns out you have to go through the checkpoint even if you don’t leave America even for a second. So we get there and the border patrol agent takes one look at Nikos (Death Motif’s drummer), notices that Nikos looks like a joint that was turned into a real boy by the Blue Fairy so that a lonely joint roller could have a son of his own, and informs us that a dog “activated” when it sniffed our car. We had to submit to a search of the vehicle, which turned up all of the nothing that we brought with us (we all knew we were going to have to go through a checkpoint and made it a priority not to bring anything that could be remotely perceived as drugs or overly Mexican to avoid this exact scenario) and when we were released, we found that they dumped all of Nikos’ stuff all over the back seat and just left it there.”
8. You’re given the chance to handpick the ultimate 4-piece Rock and Metal supergroup (living or deceased). Who’s in the line-up?
“If we’re talking about an anything-goes scenario, I would join Primus. It’s pretty self-serving but I want to play the solos on “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” or at least do a trading jam with Ler LaLonde.”
9. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal is blatantly the greatest thing ever invented but what’s the second greatest invention of all time?
10. It turns out Ozzy’s luscious long hair is imbued with time-travelling qualities and just one stroke of his lion’s mane can transport you back to any Rock/Metal gig of your choice. Who do you go and see?
“I went and saw Iron Maiden at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California for their Somewhere Back In Time Tour in 2008. I would go to that again. Wait, would there be a Marty McFly I-Can’t-See-Myself-That-Was-Also-There Paradox to deal with? Actually, I’d still go to that one. It was awesome enough to risk the space time continuum.”