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Stubble TV: Mushroomhead vocalist sounds off on trolls & haters at Mayhem Festival

12 July 2014 No Comment


Mushroomhead
07-06-2014 @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Mountain View, California
Interview/Photos: Jeff Longo & James Kelly

Stubble sat down with Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival in Mountain View California. Waylon updates us on the band’s latest lineup changes, his “Geiger” inspired mask, the unprecedented success of “The Righteous & the Butterfly” (2014 Megaforce), and a very direct message for the band’s haters and trolls. “The Righteous & the Butterfly” is Mushroomhead’s eighth studio album released on Megaforce Records and is their highest charting hitting the Top 20 on the Billboard Top 200.

Photo Slideshow – Mushroomhead at Mayhem- click here

Stubble: You guys had some lineup changes?
Waylon:
J-Mann came back to the band. So we now have three vocalists. We’ve added a new bass player and guitarist, Tommy Church and Ryan Farrell – both amazing musicians, good additions to the band.

Stubble: Tell me about what fans can expect from Mushroomhead at Mayhem Fest this summer?
Waylon:
Expect to get wet from the water drums, especially if we’re in a club scene. Out here, it might be a lot harder cause there’s a lot of people. Expect a visual stimulation, some good music and a good time, good people around ya’. It’s metal man, all love, dude.


Stubble: Your released a new album in May.
Waylon:
The Righteous and the Butterfly. It actually landed #20 on the Billboard charts which shocked us That was the highlight of my career so far. We’ve been underground for so long. We’ve been doing this for twenty-one years. That’s just icing on the cake.

Stubble: I did catch you live one other time. That was at Ozzfest, back in the day. How did that help or hurt your career?
Waylon:
It put Mushroomhead’s name out there. All this type of festival stuff, any festival, the Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, all that stuff. It helps bands. It puts you in front of massive crowds every day and as long as you go out there and do what you love, the crowd knows if you’re bullshitting them and if you don’t want to be there, when you’re doing something like this, especially on the side stage and stuff, you just gotta bring your A game because crowds know when you’re bullshitting them.

Stubble: You guys also had a special guest on stage today for one of your songs “We Are the Truth”…
Waylon:
That’s Jackie Laponza. That’s Skinny’s, our drummer, that’s his ying to his yang.

Stubble: The new look, who designed the masks?
Waylon:
Jason Kisner back in Cleveland, a good friend of ours, designed these. We have a lot to do with it, but this guy, like you can tell, a lot of detail, a lot of though. Mine actually was very Geiger based, I was like, very Alien, uh, Prometheus, the Engineers, the guys that made us. The white head, the huge black eyes.

Stubble: Is it hard to see through those?
Waylon:
No, no, no, no, they’re easy.

Stubble: What’s the worst thing you ever did for money?
Waylon:
I shoveled land at a gun store actually. That was the worst. [laughs]

Stubble: What’s the weirdest thing ever thrown at you on stage?
Waylon:
Oh my god, a shitty pair of underwear.

Stubble: You push a button and someone dies. Who is that person?
Waylon:
Me

Stubble: Would you be a better choice to play Batman than Ben Affleck?
Waylon:
Me

Stubble: Have you ever autotuned any of your songs?
Waylon:
Never.

Stubble: Would any of your songs be better if they were autotuned?
Waylon:
All of ’em!

Stubble: What are your thoughts on tentacle porn?
Waylon:
Tentacle porn, I don’t get it. [laughs] There’s too many dicks in the room.

Stubble: Anything you want to add?
Waylon:
Thank you. It’s all about the entertainment. It’s all about the music man. Don’t be so fucking judgmental people. Metal is metal. That’s it, something you don’t like, keep your mouth shut man. Can I say something? Fuck all you trolls.




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