DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Blind Equation

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Blind Equation

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 Blind Equation 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. 

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?

James McHenry (vocals): Probably Arche by Dir En Grey. It’s an album that I am always listening through and finding new things that I love about it, even after nine years since its release.

Bill Kaszubowski (drums): Kezia by Protest The Hero since it’s my favourite album of all time. No skips, just 44 minutes of perfection.

Jeffrey Kornfield (keytar): If I'm stranded on an island I would have to go with Timely!! by Anri, it's the perfect beach/relax album for me and I can never get tired of hearing it

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?

James: I would have to go with Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus. While its cultural impact goes without saying, I genuinely love that album and artwork and both have been incredibly influential and personal to me (The pink used in the BORN TO DIE album cover is literally the same pantone as the Floral Shoppe pink even).

Bill: I don’t want to repeat myself so I’ll go with a poster of Fortress by Protest The Hero

Jeffrey: I'm probably gonna have to go with Tales of Othertime by Stormkeep cause I love wizards and castles and that cover has it all.

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?

James: Easy, a Shirley Temple.

Bill: Arizona Green Tea but from the soda fountain like at Buc-ee’s.

Jeffrey: Mountain Dew Voltage for sure.

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?

James: Probably my Prowl - The Forgotten Realms T-Shirt.

Bill: My In Flames Whoracle shirt because I cut the sleeves off and I assume it will be hot out.

Jeffrey: My Dragonforce shirt that was designed by Mark Riddick

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?

James: Probably my cats, to be honest.

Bill: No one, my bandmates are my best friends but if I have to choose I’m going with my dog Flickr.

Jeffrey: Jerma985. I think it would be funny

DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Blind Equation

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?

James: Kingmaker’s last show at The Borg Ward in Milwaukee 2016 with Barrier, Knocked Loose, Left Behind, Allworry and Township. To this day I think that was one of the best and most important shows I’ve been to.

Bill: Soulkeeper - Holy Design Release Show [FULL SET] July 29, 2023. One of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

Jeffrey: This is an incredibly hard question but it might have to be the Ninja Sex Party 10th Anniversary show, especially because TWRP opened - they REALLY know how to work a crowd and put on a show.

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?

James: Easily Peter Rono of Kaonashi. One of the kindest and supportive people that I know of.

Bill: Only good answer I can think of is Bruce Dickinson because he’s a pilot. 

Jeffrey: I like to think Jeremy Wagner from Broken Hope would find a way to help me out.

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?

James: Well, BXE wouldn’t sound as good without a drummer so…

Bill: You can eat me. It’s cool, I won’t be mad.

Jeffrey: I would let my friend Ronan join the band and then I would pick him.

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?

James: I would save Peter Rono.

Bill: Rody Walker so I can punish him with Protest The Hero questions to help pass the time.

Jeffrey: I would save Weird Al Yankovic.

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