DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Fields of Regret
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 one man industrial wrecking crew Fields of Regret sat on the beach. The island is far from his home, so how did he end up here and how did he 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.
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?
By the time I chose which one to take I would probably have drowned… but it would be Antichrist Superstar by MARILYN MANSON. The intro of the album still gives me goosebumps after 20 years. The sound of guitars is fantastic. Lots of variation in vocals and keyboards. Maybe not the best album ever made but it will assure some great moments on the Island. It will also keep dangerous animals away since Manson is the biggest animal on earth.
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?
That’s an easy one. The Last Temptation by ALICE COOPER. That poster hung in my bedroom for decades and I spent hours looking at it. The cover is filled with all different kind of creatures with the head of Cooper hanging over it like a blue shadow. Not his best album but certainly his best artwork.
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?
An exotic Island that means cocktails - lots of them! But since I’m alone on the Island, and I don’t know how to prepare cocktails I probably get numb. So I think I will follow Lemmy’s advice “one bottle of Jack Daniels a day keeps the doctor away”.
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?
My Black Sabbath “War Pigs” t-shirt from their tour in 1997. It shows 2 pigs on it dressed like soldiers that are fighting with machine guns. I sometimes still wear it, although the number of holes in it is uncountable.
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?
Since I want to stay married after this article, I choose my wife!
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?
The 30th anniversary concert of RUSH in Holland. It was my first time seeing them and I was blown away by their performance. Since it was their anniversary, they played one track of each of the albums they’d made at that time. The whole show took 3 hours and I enjoyed every second of it.
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?
I would send it to Bruce Dickinson. He has a private jet and loves adventure. I could also send it to the pope, but I don’t think he’s in a metal band.
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?
Since I’m the only band member it’s gonna be weird. I’m gonna have to sacrifice myself to save myself. Think I have to start eating myself… cut off a foot, boil it… I’m starting to get nightmares from doing this interview.
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?
Alice Cooper. I’ve been a devoted fan of his since I was 13, when the song “Poison” was a hit. Saw him 26 times live and know all his albums by heart. When I thought about how I wanted Fields of Regret to sound I certainly wasn’t thinking about Alice. I wanted a deep dark sound, fast rhythms and a Vincent Price voice. But most people who listen to the new EP hear the influence of Alice in it.