You know that saying “you’re as young as you feel?” Probably not, because as an AP reader, you’re likely to be actually young, and that’s the kind of thing only old people say. Well, I’m old. Really fucking old. Almost as old as Jason Pettigrew. But I feel pretty young, except when I stand up from the couch too fast and have to sit back down again. And it’s all because of AP.
I’ve been writing for Alternative Press since 1998. I’d been pestering Pettigrew to give me a shot, c’mon, man, I’m really good, gimme something, anything, and one day he called me up and asked, “Will you interview Godsmack so I don’t have to?” Of course I would. And that was how it all began. In the AP oral history, particularly Part Two (which can be read in issue 267), the staff members all seem to regard the late ’90s and early 2000s as a years-long death march, but to me, they were glorious times. See, back then, they were covering metal, but doing so with great reluctance. But I loved the stuff, and still do. So I quickly became “the metal guy,” and got story assignments by the fistful.
So that’s who I am. An aging headbanger who loves the current wave of bands on Rise, Equal Vision, Victory, Metal Blade, Prosthetic, Century Media and Sumerian (and probably a few labels I’ve forgotten to mention). Metalcore, deathcore, screamo – if it’s got loud guitars and blast beats, count me in. You might even see me at a show; I’ll be the old guy leaning against the back wall, making fun of your haircut and checking out your girlfriend’s ass.
TOP TEN ALBUMS FROM THE YEAR I WAS BORN
Miles Davis - A Tribute To Jack Johnson
Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
Alice Cooper - Killer
Grand Funk Railroad - Survival
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
Sly And The Family Stone - There’s A Riot Goin’ On
Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts
Can - Tago Mago