DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Zilch

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Zilch

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 Zilch 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?

Thom: I think I’d grab “Station To Station” by David Bowie. That album is so under-appreciated and so dark, but I absolutely love it.

Cal: Probably "From Mars To Sirius" by Gojira. For me, it's flawless start to finish. It's got heavy stuff on there, some more mellow stuff so I'd be sorted. But if a rat was using that album as an escape raft, I'd grab "Dirt" by Alice in Chains.

Crag: Led Zeppelin 1. It’s got everything.

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?

Cal: "Oro - Opus Alter" by Ufomammut. I bought that album Purely because the artwork hit me in a music shop and I've enjoyed them ever since. Also, if anyone ever found our remains, they'd see the poster and think we were a cult or something.

Thom: Probably “Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd. That’s such a great album cover.

Crag: Lita ford - Lita. She’s a babe.

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?

Cal: A cold San Miguel would probably do the job.

Crag: Gotta be a cocktail, right? Old Fashioned for me. Yum

Thom: Lime and soda. Gotta keep hydrated so I don’t start hallucinating like Cal and Crag.

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?

Cal: A Power Trip long sleeve shirt. Numerous people have shouted "RIFFS" at me because of that shirt.

Thom: I don’t really have any band merch at the moment, so I’ll make something up and say a long sleeve from Pixies.

Crag: It would be probably something out of Kiss’ line. Beer cosy. I’m gonna keep that cocktail as cold as I can.

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?

Cal: Aubrey Plaza because she says she's a witch, therefore could magic rations out of thin air and do cool shit with herbs or whatever. She's a weird character so she would keep me entertained.

Crag: My wife.

Thom: Nobody. That way I can be totally weird and do whatever I want.

DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Zilch

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?

Thom: It’s gotta be Red Hot Chili Peppers live at Hyde Park. I love that show.

Cal: Probably a Gojira show from the "magma" tour. I was lucky enough to see them in Birmingham and Bristol on that tour, and they were so, so rad.

Crag: Walkman?! Tape?! What decade we in?! It would be Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous.

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?

Cal: Bruce Dickinson has a plane, right? so probably him. Belt out a few high notes on the flight home as well.

Thom: Sting. He might be on the island already though.

Crag: Dave Grohl. Guy’s a hero who helps anyone and everyone. He’d send out the search party.

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?

Cal: Me. My survival instinct isn't strong enough, I get bored easily and I've got more "food on me" than the other two, so if they did want to scran on my remains...

Crag: Jesus that’s dark. I’d sacrifice myself. I would probably stink myself to death anyways.

Thom: That’s been settled. I’d be feasting like an absolute champ.

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?

Thom: John Frusciante. He’s inspired me so much and is my favourite guitarist and just seems like a really down-to-earth guy.

Cal: It's not a particularly out-there answer but I'd probably say Kurt Cobain. His approach to music, with the "do what you want" style of writing songs was really cool. Nirvana could have easily churned out radio rock shit after 'Nevermind', but they did 'In Utero' instead which wasn't that. I'm not very clued up on music theory either, so when a songwriter isn't that way inclined as well and managed to write good songs, it gives me a glimmer of hope. But I would have just pulled a very dead person from the wreckage so that's not very helpful.

Crag: I saved Tommy Lee from Motley Crue. Plays like a beast and knows how to party!

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