DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Die Tired

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Die Tired

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 Die Tired 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?

Brandon: I could not live without my Silverchair 'Frogstomp' album. So many good memories attached. This was in my cd player everyday in high school. I am instantly taken back to that used car smell of my 1987 Dodge Raider in 11th grade.

Matt: Cave In - 'Jupiter'. This album means so much to me for many reasons. It inspired me as a songwriter and pushed the limits of my creativity in application of effects and what “heavy” music can sound like. It also provides the emotional and musical variety you would need for repeated listens.

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?

Brandon: I would have to put up a poster of Green Day 'Dookie'. That album was a saving grace for me. Talk about a great outlet and distraction from teenage dilemmas. Everything from girls, body odor, pimples, etc.

Matt: Britney Spears: Greatest Hits.

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?

Brandon: You cannot go wrong with a Jack Daniels and coke. Anything with whiskey is good. If it has whiskey in it, or it is whiskey straight, I am game.

Matt: The “Die Tired.” This is a vodka based drink mixed with Zero Sugar Gatorade. Gives you those electrolytes needed to help stay hydrated in the face of alcohol!

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?

Brandon: I managed to save a classic Green Day 'Kerplunk' t-shirt. Classic Green Day is the best Green Day. So nostalgic.

Matt: I reached in and saved my Pantera 'The Great Southern Trendkill' shirt. This puppy is vintage and worn in just right. So comfy and the perfect fit.

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?

Brandon: If I could be wrecked with anyone, it would have to be Johnny Cash, the stories he would tell while sitting around the fire. Good times.

Matt: Devin Townsend. What a creative and interesting artist. We could contemplate our existence while staring out at the ocean. Also one heck of a songwriter so the creativity would never stop.

DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Die Tired

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?

Brandon: The live show that I would want is the Silverchair show from I believe 1997, down in South America, killer set, killer vibe.

Matt: Kashmir “Live at NorthSide 2013.” Amazing band and this show is absolutely awesome. What an incredible band and this set list and performance shows off their amazing talent.

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?

Brandon: I am attempting to reach The Temptations. Nothing puts your mind at ease during an emergency, more than a little Motown.

Matt: Maynard James Keenan. Maynard spent three years in the military. He was offered an opportunity to attend West Point. He can also kick some serious ass. I’m thinking he’s my man with the resources and ability to help us survive and get us off the 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?

Brandon: I’d have Matt and Sean play rock paper scissors in order to remain neutral while at the same time not throwing my fellow rhythm member Jim into the hat of sacrificial prospects.

Matt: Brandon. His constant banging on his make shift drum set of coconuts, tree branches, and palm leaves is driving us crazy. He thinks his tribal drumming around the fire will summon the Gods to send us home. We’ve all had enough and know what must be done…

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?

Brandon: I saved Travis Barker. Greatest influence to my playing style and philosophy. He has proven to be versatile in what he can do, while at the same time staying true to his pop punk core.

Matt: Dimebag Darrel. What an incredible player, innovator, and performer. He left nothing on the table and also lived life to the fullest. His attitude and passion for the music was contagious. He inspired me to take risks and put your heart into every performance for the fans. Plus, you know he’d make the time lost on the island one heck of a party!

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