DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring E.B. & The Deadlights
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 find E.B. & The Deadlights sat on the beach. The island is far from their home, so how did they end up here and 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 chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
Ethan: Bat out of hell by Meat Loaf. Best album ever written without a doubt, when Meat & Jim Steinman teamed up they were just about untouchable!
Matt: Danzig 1, Front to back, absolute monster songs, such range for a first album, it goes from evil, to badass, to sexy and then loops.
Alex: I'd choose Time Out by Dave Brubeck, a wee bit of jazz might help to calm the boys down because that sounds awful stressful.
Andy: It would have to be Black Rose by Thin Lizzy, not a single track on that album I'd skip, features the famous Scott Gorham / Gary Moore twin guitar tone so I'd be set for the rest of my days
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?
Ethan: Eternity in your arms by Creeper, just a big open road so I could stare down it and keep my imagination ticking.
Matt: Opus Eponymous by Ghost, it’s was my first exposure to ghost, the cover encapsulates the sound of the album so well, plus it’s a direct homage to Salem’s Lot which is a fantastic work in its own right.
Alex: I would have to go for Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper just for the fact that the cover has a lot of Neon Purple and I probably wouldn't see anything else that cool on an island.
Andy: Definitely the cover to Sgt Peppers' by The Beatles. So much going on in that cover, loads of colour and people. I genuinely find myself staring at my vinyl cover of it fairly often trying to remember everyone on there
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
Ethan: Club Zero probably, very underrated drink.
Matt: Lucozade Zero, I honestly think it’s replaced most of the blood in my body.
Alex: Triple vodka blackcurrant no doubt about it.
Andy: This is going to make me fall out of favour with a hell of a lot of people, but I do love a diet coke.
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?
Ethan: My Creeper shirt that says stephen king rules on it, no merch with a more true statement exists.
Matt: Would have to be my oversized Kiss, Destroyer shirt, it’s my comfort shirt.
Alex: My Slipknot t-shirt from their 2016 European Tour.
Andy: I have a big Beatles Apple Corps hoodie I'd save, looks good and is really comfortable too.
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?
Ethan: Stephen King, wouldn't be the best of circumstances but if my chances of survival are slim and it’s the last chance I get to meet him I'll take it!
Matt: I know I should say someone like my girlfriend or a family member but when it comes down to it, I’d probably have to eat whoever I’m stranded with and that’s not fair to them so probably yer man from the skittles ad who turns everything he touches to skittles.
Alex: If it had to be anyone else I'd say Joe Rogan, the guy knows how to hunt and would make for a lot interesting conversations as well as the fact that I know I could make a decent couple of sirloin steaks out of him when the time comes.
Andy: George Lucas, I need someone I can talk about Star Wars to constantly who actually has a clue and without them getting bored.
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?
Ethan: Green Day live at the odyssey arena 21st century breakdown tour 2009. First gig I ever went to may as well have a nice memory or two while I'm stuck here.
Matt: To me there’s only 1 live album that even matters and that’s “Kiss: Alive!” So much energy, atmosphere and showmanship. How they play their songs live sounds so much better than the album versions, well, at least the hotter than hell songs.
Alex: I'd go with a deathcore band called Bloodbather when they played the Franklin Music Hall in 2019, I just love how the band and the crowd lose their minds just as much as one another.
Andy: The Belfast Gigs live album by Horslips, from 1980 I believe. Celtic rock is my favourite genre of music and the inventors of it knocked it out of the park with this one. So glad to have it on vinyl.
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 most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
Ethan: Bruce Dickinson. Undoubtedly, he can fly a plane.
Matt: Is it too much of a piss take to say Sting? Haha In all seriousness… probably Bruce Dickinson, man can fly a plane, of course I want that guy.
Alex: Dexter Holland from The Offspring simply for the fact that he can fly a plane.
Andy: Brian May from Queen. Surely if he can work out how to get rockets into space he can get a boat to 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?
Ethan: Honestly probably Matt, there's not much of him but he's probably the healthiest option out of the 4 of us. I've read a few books that are either about or heavily involve cannibalism as well so it should be easy enough to cook him.
Matt: To be honest, if it comes down to it, Ethan used to be a hockey player and Alex is very well built so it’s me or Andy if we’re being realistic here.
Alex: I'd like to think we could eat strips of each other’s butt cheeks until we get rescued but if not, Ethan you're a wild muscular man I'm sorry.
Andy: I suggest we all fight and the first fella to get KO'd gets sacrificed.
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?
Ethan: Alice Cooper without a doubt. I know for a fact if it was not for that man I probably wouldn't be a musician, and if I was I'd be a very different one.
Matt: I was going to say Peter Steele but he’s not exactly in a fit state to board a ship so Glenn, I’m so sorry
Alex: It would have to be Corey Taylor, I just love how many genres the man has made Music in and succeeded, he goes to show what a true musician should be able to do in my opinion.
Andy: Paul McCartney. While Paul hasn't influenced my specific guitar style (that goes to Gary Moore), if it weren't for him and the other Beatles we would never have gotten rock music as it is today, and I would never have been able to comfort myself with amazing songs like Let It Be, long and winding road and so many more. No other artist has changed my outlook on life bar him, so that's really special.