We thought Pennsylvanian Christian prog-metalcorers, August Burns Red would be bang up for chatting about Christmas so we asked lead guitarist, JB Brubaker some questions. Pretty sure he uses malarkey wrong but he has *made his own baseball bat*. Real man alert.
Turkey: are you a leg or breast person?
What is your favourite Christmas drink?
When did you find out Santa Claus wasn’t real and how did it happen?
My parents didn’t push the whole Santa thing on my sisters and I. I don’t remember when I realized it was malarky, but it certainly wasn’t Earth shattering.
What was your best Christmas present ever?
My mom secretly gathered a ton of August Burns Red paraphernalia over the years and had everything put together in a really awesome shadow box. It was really thoughtful and a cool keepsake that I’ll always be able to look back on.
Do you have any particular or unusual Christmas traditions?
I watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York every year before Christmas. It’s not Christmas without Kevin McAllister.
If you could have Christmas dinner with any 6 people, who would you invite?
This sucks because my family is seven people and that’s who I’d want to have Christmas dinner with the most. If it couldn’t be them, then I’d pick our entire touring crew including TM Josh, Merch Guy Kip, Guitar Tech Kevin, Sound Guy Jade, Drum Tech Gator, and our other guitar player Brent.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever had to travel to get “home” for Christmas? Has touring ever forced you to celebrate Christmas somewhere else?
I’ve never celebrated Christmas away from home, thank goodness. Farthest I ever had to travel to get home was from New Orleans where our tour had ended, to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Which metaller would you least like to see approaching you with mistletoe?
Ronnie James Dio because he’s dead and he’d be a zombie.
What would you get Kerry King for Christmas? You can’t choose Jagermeister.
A Peavey 6505
If a bearded man broke into your house through the chimney on any other day of the year, what would you do?
Hit him with the wooden baseball bat I made when I was a child, and contact the proper authorities.
Which one of Santa’s reindeer would you be and why?
Rudolph because the others have no stories or characteristics. I’d be the one people actually give a shit about.
What’s been your worst New Year’s Eve experience (because NYE always sucks).
New Year’s Eve is always fun for me! Worst experience would be when Y2K hit and nothing happened.
What will your New Year’s Resolution be?
I’d like to try and keep in touch with friends and loved ones better when I’m traveling on tour. I’m not always very good at that.
It’s getting a bit boring now but guess what August Burns Red are doing in 2011. Oh! They’re going to release a new album! And they’re going to go on tour! No we don’t know what the album’s called because neither do they. Factoid.