DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Sky Valley Mistress

Devil's Island featuring Sky Valley Mistress.

Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band on the island and see what they get up to. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each band copes with the extreme conditions.

This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we found Blackburn's own Sky Valley Mistress. We didn't even know the band were missing, we might not have seen them for a while, but we just assumed they were over in California working on their new album. Instead we've found them ship wrecked on our island!

How did they cope with life on Devil's Island? Find out now...

Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.

So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you each chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?

Kay: Black Sabbath - self titled
Russell: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Starsky: Black Sabbath - Masters of Reality
Max: Black Sabbath - Volume 4

Can we hazard a guess you are Sabbath fans?

Kay: We know it didn’t just have to be one band but these 4 records are better than any individual albums we could each pick. Everyone knows Sabbath’s best records are their first 4, so what else would you miss listening to when you got these?

Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?

Kay: The Cramps - Big Beats From Badsville. Poison Ivy crouched holding a pen knife just seems like the perfect picture to motivate my survival because there’s gonna be stuff on this island that thinks it can fuck with me but definitely shouldn’t.
Russell: Roxy Music - Country Life. Tiddies. 
Starsky: Beatles - White Album. I was thinking about making it a feature wall. 
Max: The Stooges - Raw Power. Something about a bare chested Iggy would always help me sleep better at night when I’m alone...

There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to chose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?

Kay: Tequila
Starsky: Tequila
Russell: Tequila
Max: Lemonade

Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. Whats the merch and for what band?

Kay: The Weezer snuggie because I was always cold in the desert. 
Starsky: A Dodgy tea cosy, ‘cause there’s nothing worse than cold tea. It could also double up as a bobble hat on those cold desert nights.
Russell: Madness’s one off limited edition blow up House of Fun.
Max: I’d take my All Saints crop top. I’d look great and Devil’s Island is pretty hot so I can finally work on my tan.

There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?

Kay: MC5s debut album. I wouldn’t care how long I was on that island for, there’ll never be a day I don’t wanna kick out the jams. 
Russell: Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won. Peak Zeppelin that will never get old. 
Starsky: Muse - Hullabaloo Live at Le Zenith. This is what made me pick up at guitar at 8. I listened to it a million times then so listening to it on repeat on a desert island would be no issue. 
Max: The Cramps Live at Nappa State Mental Hospital seems like the perfect soundtrack to get my loin-cloth-wearing-hunter-gatherer-animal-instinct vibe on. 

You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the one musician most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?

Kay: I’d send my message to Blondie because I think she’d find me one way or another.  
Russell: Sting. 
Starsky: Keith Richards because he’s pretty good at not dying. 
Max: Iggy Pop and I’d specifically ask for him to come shirtless so I could watch him come into shore on the end of the boat with that sea breeze flowing through his delicious golden hair ready to save me. 

You've been stuck here a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?

Kay: There’s 2 vegetarians and a vegan in the band so Starsky’s gonna have a big lunch! You’re allowed to just have deserts in a 3 course meal right?

Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?

Kay: I’d save Lizzo because you’re never gonna feel stranded on an island with someone who parties as hard as her. 
Russell: Robbie Williams cause he taught me how to feel real love in the moment I live in. Made me realise that she’s the one. I was so impressed by so in awe, such a saint but such a whore. But now I’ve got stars directing my fate, praying it’s not too late. 
Starsky: Got to be Matt Bellamy for obvious reasons. I can’t think of anyone better to fall into the ocean and come out riding a whale playing a guitar with lasers shooting out of his eyes. 
Max: I think I’d save Rob Been because he saved me from falling about 10ft and breaking my neck at a BRMC show, so I sorta feel like I owe him one for that.

Sadly our boat didn't have enough room to bring the band back from the island. As we departed they were sat around their makeshift camp fire listening to Black Sabbath's first four albums and downing shots of Tequila. We hope they don't drink themselves to death before Iggy Pop comes to their rescue...

Whether they get back from the island or not, their new album 'Faithless Rituals' gets its release this coming March.

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