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Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher – “You’ve got be hip without trying to act hip.”

March 16th, 2009

In this second part of the interview with Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, we talk about their forthcoming fourth album, Crack The Skye, staying hip and making sure his kids learn to swim. Bill also explains his wonderful current state of facial hair

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This is the longest the band has been without releasing a new record. What have you been doing?

“We’ve never had this much time off touring before. Normally we’ll just take two months off to write and record but this time we took a whole year. I bought a bunch of microphones and we got an eight-track recorder for our rehearsal space and we started plugging away riffs and writing skeleton songs with drums and guitars. We even started adding some vocals. We’ve never done stuff like that before.”

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Why My Chemical Romance fans really don’t like the Daily Mail

May 31st, 2008

Thrash Hits .com talked to a few My Chemical Romance fans, who were at Marble Arch peacefully protesting against the Daily Mail, about exactly what they’re protesting about.

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Yasmin Malik, 16, Romford & Hannah Malik, 14, Horsham
Yasmin: “I’m here to support my favourite band. I think it’s absolutely awful that the newspapers have blamed MCR for the suicide especially as all the time the band is saying that you should absolutely never do that to yourself and throw away your life.”
Hannah: “I’m proud of the fans and I hope the band is proud of us too. MCR have the best fans.”
Favourite MCR Song: (Yasmin) I love ‘Kill Your Friends’ but I think that’ a bad song to say today! (Hannah) ‘Famous Last Words’
Favourite MCR Member: (Yasmin) All of them. (Hannah) Ray

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Lauren, 22, Portsmouth
“I got up at 5am! I’ve been running events for the Sophie Lancaster Memorial Fund. I really don’t believe the national press should be discriminating against sub-cultures or should actually be encouraging the kind of mentality that is causing people to be murdered or beaten up when they’re walking home. Discrimination is not OK.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Demolition Lovers’
Favourite MCR Member: Gerard Way is so inspirational.

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Toby Lynch, 19, West London
“I’m here to support MCR because the Daily Mail have done this three times now and it’s just getting ridiculous. Emo’s not about suicide. MCR don’t like suicide.”
Favourite MCR Song: All of them
Favourite MCR Member: Gerard Way

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Sam Crosby, 20, West London
“I’m here to support MCR and show the public that it’s not what the Daily Mail says it’s about. It’s about good music and enjoying yourself.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Desert Song’
Favourite MCR Member: He loves them all

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Hayley Kennedy, 18, Eastcote
“I don’t believe it’s right that people can stereotype that people commit suicide because of music when the music actually promotes the opposite.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Vampires Will Never Hurt You’
Favourite MCR Member: Mikey Way

Check out the first photos of the protest right here on Thrash Hits .com as well as the following montage video. Are you in it?

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