DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Stone Sea.
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we found Jonathan Parminter, bassist of Stone Sea sat on the beach. This is far from their home in Ireland, how have they got to our tiny island? And how will they get back?
How did the band 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 chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
I think I have to have a copy of Megadeth’s ‘Rust In Peace’ with me at all times for the rest of my life. That album is just a masterpiece. The other albums I think my bandates would save would be ‘Welcome To Sky Valley’ by Kyuss and ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana. Those albums really influenced us over the years so we would definitely have to have them.
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?
Hmm, as much as we love ‘Nevermind’, I don’t think we’d want a giant poster of the album cover on our walls! I think we can keep ‘Welcome to Sky Valley’ and ‘Rust in Peace’ though, and include Black Sabbath’s self-titled album’s cover.
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?
I know you’re probably expecting me to say beer or whiskey, but I’m gonna go with clean water. Staying hydrated is important, but water is also the main ingredient in whiskey and beer! If we’re gonna be on this island for a long time, we have time to figure out how to make our own booze!
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?
Personally, I’m not myself unless I start my day with a bowl of KISS Krunch breakfast cereal, so as well as maintaining my own sanity, we will have food straight away on this Devil’s Island.
You're sat on the island thinking "I'm stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity"... who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
Well, I’m assuming we lost our beloved instruments in the shipwreck, right? So having an expert guitar builder with me would make my life on this island a lot more bearable! So I’m gonna go with Paul Reed Smith, founder of PRS Guitars. I’m sure he could figure out a way to build a bass for me out of the palm trees on the island.
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?
That Walkman definitely has the last time I saw Slayer on their final tour, that show was just fantastic, you could tell they pulled out all the stops to make their final show as memorable as possible.
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?
Definitely someone who could figure out a way to help us, so I’m going with Brian May, guitarist of Queen. He has a Phd in Astrophysics, so I’m sure he can figure out some way of getting us off this island!
You've been stuck here for 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?
That’s a really tough choice, my suggestion would be that we each sacrifice one leg each so that we all have a chance of survival. But I have a feeling I’d be the one getting eaten! I’m okay with it, so long as I get my last meal of KISS Krunch and get to play my PRS made of a palm tree one last time.
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?
We’d all agree that Steve Vai would be the best choice or this. As well as being a virtuosic musical genius, we often discuss how inspirational Vai’s outlook on life is. That man seems endlessly positive and I think him being on the island wit us would make maintaining our sanity far easier.
Sadly there is no room on our boat, so we have to sail away from Devil's Island leaving Jonathan on the beach. As the island slowly shrinks on the horizon we can't help but wonder where are his band mates? He talked about a shared sacrifice of a limb each to survive... but has he taken this further for his own self preservation? Maybe oneday we'll find out what really happened on DEVIL'S ISLAND!