Heavyweight!?

March 31st, 2010

We are pleased to announce that the newest User Industry Heavyweight will be letswasteanafternoon!  Or should I say, letswasteanafternoon!?

Most Figment players may know his Top 5 alternative band !? (pronounced Shock and Disbelief), but he’s also created the best-selling jazz band The Simulations, hard rock quintet Zurich’s Patriot, power pop quartet Diversions at the Cinema, indie rockers The Jupiter Archives and post-rock quintet Post Atomic Horror.

As diverse as his band’s are, letswasteanafternoon is also consistently talented when it comes to creating those bands.   His ability to create detailed band descriptions complete with in-depth bios on each of the band’s members as well as thought-provoking album descriptions that truly give you a feel for the content of his band’s album, make him a player to follow if you’re looking to up your game.  In addition, he created the label 8755th Street Cafe Records and has made Herbert Nickerson, the label’s in-house producer, a legendary producer in the mold of Tom Dowd.

His album covers are also well done and he continues to improve with each one.  Whether it was the letterbox format he used for many of !?’s records or the highly-stylized covers he did for Diversions at the Cinema, his covers are striking and immediately speak to the music they represent.

It’s all these things, this mix of diversity and consistency, that make him an ideal Industry Heavyweight!  So congratulations letswasteanafternoon!  We’ll be adding 500 pieces of lucre to your account to say thanks!

We’d also like to thank RevSpike for serving as our last User Industry Heavyweight.  His insightful critiques and wonderful enthusiasm was much appreciated by Figment players and admins alike!  Thanks RevSpike!

Bans, Cover Tunes, and Tips

March 29th, 2010

I thought it was about time that I addressed a few things concerning some of the rules on Figment since they seem to keep popping up.

Band & Album Bans:

The first thing is why we ban bands and albums.  Although all of this is covered in our Figment Intellectual Property Policy document, I realize most people don’t have time to read all of the documentation involved with our site.  We ban bands/albums for a variety of reasons – copyright/trademark violations, real bands posting on our site, and inappropriate, sexist or hate-based content among others.

Without a doubt the most common reason though is the use of copyright images or trademarked brands/logos.  I don’t think I need to go into a long discussion of why this isn’t allowed (suffice to say we’re not fans of receiving mail from lawyers), but before you go using an image for your next band or album consider the following:

1.  Is the image of a famous person, a real band or from a film or TV show?

2.  Does the image contain information regarding the artist or does it contain a website URL?

3.  Does the image contain a logo, character or mascot from an existing band or company?

4.  Does the image contain something that is graphic in nature – violent or sexual?

5.  Does the image contain something that promotes, glorifies or in any way supports a hate-based group or is racist in any way?  So no Nazi imagery, anti-gay or homophobic band names or songs, racial slurs, etc.

If your answer to any of the above is yes, DON’T use the image.  While there are some exceptions to this rule – by heavily manipulating the image and/or using it for satirical purposes – it really is pretty good guide to follow.  If you don’t follow our advice, chances are we’re going to ban your band or album.

You can also help us police these types of image situations by using the links at the bottom of every band/album page (located just under the song titles) that asks you if you think this band/album is offensive or a copyright violation or simply by dropping us a line using the feedback link at the bottom of every page on the site.

We also ban bands because they have the same name as a real band.  Since Figment is a site devoted to fake bands we don’t want to invite any confusion about whether the fake and real band are one in the same, and we certainly don’t want to invite any legal problems as the result of a naming issue.  So please do a google search on your band name (search on the band name plus the words “the band”) to see if anyone is using a band name before creating the band on Figment.

Every time we do ban a band or album we always send an email to the email account you’ve associated with your Figment account, so if you notice that one of your bands/albums has been banned please check your email to receive some more instruction, and if you have any questions about the ban please drop us a quick email using the feedback link at the bottom of every page on the site.

If your band or album has been banned you can easily fix it by visiting your dashboard page.  If it’s an album you released it will be back in your Albums in Development list, while banned bands will simply be in your Bands list.  Edit the band/album to fix the problem (name or image) and then click on the remove ban link under the band or album on your dashboard page.  When you request a ban removal an email is sent to our customer service department who will review the edited album, and if all is okay will remove the ban and your band or album will once again be displayed on Figment.

Again, if you have any questions on these policies please read our Intellectual Property Policy document or drop us an email using the feedback link at the bottom of any page on Figment.

Covers:

A lot of bands on Figment release albums with “covers” of songs by real bands on them.  We understand that our players do this because they love those real bands, and in most cases we have no issue with that.  However, we’ve noticed that more players are starting to release albums made up entirely of covers, and in some cases albums containing only covers by one band.  To us this is not in fitting with what Figment is all about.  After all, there’s no music involved with Figment, so it’s about creating song titles that sound as if they could be real and even more so that help create the image of a band and an album.

While we have no problem with the occasional cover tune on a Figment fake album, we have decided to ban albums made up entirely of cover tunes.  Why?  Simple, because there’s not much creativity involved in it.   While it does give us some insight into what bands might have inspired your fake band, there are plenty of other places on Figment to list those influences, including the band and album descriptions as well as on your profile page.  In the end, if we allow everyone to just write down their favorite real songs what’s next?  Copying real albums in their entirety?  This is not what Figment is all about.  If you want to create lists of songs you love, there are plenty of sites that you can do that on, we’re not one of them.  So again, if you want to have your band cover a tune by a “real” band you love – no problem.  You can even release it as a single.  All we ask is that you give the real artist the appropriate credit by listing their name in parantheses next to the song title.

Now, if you want to create a cover album containing songs by another fake band on Figment we have no issue with that as long as you once again give the proper credit and ask the Figment player who created the song for the rights to cover that song.  You can do this by leaving a message on their band page using the shout box.

As for any cover albums that have already been released, we reserve the right to delete those albums or leave them on the site as we see fit.  No lucre earned from those albums will be taken away from the player who created them as a result of their deletion.  Any new cover albums created as of this date however, will be banned and any lucre earned will be removed from the creating player’s Figment account.

We hope this post provides some valuable information that will help you navigate our rules and policies.  Again we encourage you to read our Terms & Conditions, Privacy PolicyCopyright/IP Policies and even our Lucre Program documents to understand your rights, the basic rules of the site and what we expect of our players.  We also welcome any comments or questions you might have regarding bans, our new rule concerning cover albums or any other aspect of Figment you’d like to discuss.

After the After Party

March 22nd, 2010

The 2010 Figgies did not disappoint.  We saw bands like Suicide By Papercut, Hot Flying Fragments and Fistful of Firearms each take home a Figgie, but the big winner of the evening was clearly Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls.  Zander wasn’t at the awards because he’s hard at work on his new opus, the rock opera Prime!, but he did take the time to record this acceptance/thank you speech from his Uncle Duff HQ.

Following the Figgies though, things really heated up as the after parties got underway.  The Forgotten Falling held a party at an abandoned warehouse made up to look like a steam-punk amusement park.  The band played a short set debuting songs from their new album “Albion” and then turned the stage over to a pick-up band featuring members of Stonekrank, The Nymphomaniacs and The Waiters.  Members of Fistful of Firearms joined them for the encore and they drunkenly belted out the band’s Figgie Award winning hit “Double Bacon Hate Burger”.

Across town, Fait Accompli held their own soiree and despite going home empty handed were upbeat and happy to have been nominated for so many awards.  They played tracks from their new album “Infinitum” and brought members of fellow Figgie nominees Taxine Fontaine and the Park Avenue Sluts up for an encore of that band’s “Convertible Kisses (Take the Top Down)”.

A lot of band’s couldn’t attend the awards because of tour commitments, but called this reporters cell phone to comment on their wins or lack thereof.  Barry Reese of Hot Flying Fragments called in to say, “It’s a great honor for the Fragments to receive this award.  After all those days of practicing into the wee hours of the night, this makes it all worthwhile.”   The rest of the band echoed his thoughts, but said the win is bittersweet.  Turns out founding member Jenny Moss has been lured away by her husband Richard ‘Yoko’ Moss to the sleazy underground of the Archaeological music scene, and although the rest of the Fragments wish her only the best, they are understandably angry that she’s no longer around.  Reese, the band’s electric cellist and chief spokesperson, summed it all by saying, “Oh…uh…thanks again for the award.  We’re honored.  And, as always…watch for Hot Flying Fragments!”

Riki Milligan of Eccentric Arcade checked in from Baltimore, MD where the band was playing as part of the Nothing to Prove Tour.  Said Riki, “Huge congrats to all the winners!  I have had the pleasure of collaborating with several of my fellow nominees, which has been awesome.  And now I will have the pleasure of working with Zander in Prime!  And who knows?  Maybe we’ll collaborate on other ventures down the line.  It was an incredible honor just to be nominated.  As cliche as that may sound.  Time to raise the bar and make BIG things happen for next year!”

We ended the night at the official Figment party where bands as diverse as Ernie, Mother Rage, The Damaged, Andre Darko and The Screamin’ Ohs played sets.  A clearly inebriated Phil Graspman of the band The Cosmic Stoners ended the evening by screaming “Until Next Year!” into the mic before launching into an acappella version of his band’s classic song “There’s a Party in My Pants (But I Didn’t Get An Invitation)” Security promptly removed him from the premises.

As I explained in an earlier post, The Figment Awards or “Figgies” as we like to call them recognize excellence in fake band creation and marketing.  The nominees are selected by our Figment editorial board, but the winners are selected by you and your fellow Figment players.  So thanks for taking the time to cast your votes, we appreciate it.

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Now, let’s see who won a Figgie this year!

BEST DEVELOPED BAND

Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls

BEST SINGLE

“Double Bacon Hate Burger” by Fistful of Firearms

BEST TAGLINE

Hookahs, Not Bazookas!

Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls

BEST BAND NAME

Hot Flying Fragments

ALBUM COVER OF THE YEAR

Suicide By Papercut “Chronicles”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

“Seizure Salad” by Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls

Well, there you have it!  Congratulations to all of the Figgie Award winners.  Zandergriff Miggs and his Parliament of Owls was clearly the big winner of this year’s awards taking 3 of the six awards.  So congrats Zander and the Owls!  We’ll be crediting each of the winner’s accounts with 250 pieces of lucre and placing a special Figgie Award icon on their band’s page to recognize their achievement.

We’d also like to congratulate all of the nominated bands for their great work in 2009.  It’s never easy to go home empty handed, but your work did not go unnoticed and we have every reason to believe you’ll be back next year, maybe even with a new band!?

So until next year…

As you know, we’ve been running a Children’s Album contest with kid’s music site Zooglobble over the past month.  We didn’t have a lot of entries, because let’s face it making a believable and interesting children’s album isn’t as easy as it looks, is it?  But having said that the entries we did get were all great.  In fact, it was one of the hardest contests we’ve ever had to judge!

We did finally agree though on the Top 3, so without further adieu here they are!

And the Winner Is…

“Mac & Cheese” by Mac & Cheese

Created & Designed by:  frizbee

2nd Place

“Bubblegum Stew” by Bubblegum Stew

Created & Designed by javdoc

3rd Place:

“Journey to the Land of The Strum Pets” by The Strum Pets

Created & Designed by RevSpike

We’d like to thank Stefan Shepherd of Zooglobble for working with us on this great contest.  Stefan will be sending each of the Top 3 some kids albums, and we’ll be sending them all out a Figment t-shirt and lucre rewards of 2,500, 1,500 and 1,000 pieces of lucre respectively.  So congrats to all three and thanks to everyone who participated.

And last but certainly not least, here are the nominees for the 2010 Album of the Year Figgie (in no particular order):

The Forgotten Falling “This Is Sayonara”

The Dark Immortal “Ashes to Ashes”

Minagoroshi “I Am Death Alive”

Zeroth “Tachyon”

Suicide By Papercut “Chronicles”

Amish Militia “Barn Raising From Hell”

Smug Fungus “Toke”

Fait Accompli “Malevolence”

Stonekrank “Smokin'”

Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls “Seizure Salad”

Eccentric Arcade “Eccentric Arcade”

Crimson Eye “Tenth Exodus”

Manifold Spaceport “3”


2010 Figgies – Best Single

March 13th, 2010

Aah, the Best Single Figgie, a single shot of goodness.  This category is always one of the hardest, because there are so many great song titles on Figment that we have to balance the funny ones with the more serious ones.  In the end, we try to provide a mix of nominees that are simply the best.

So take a look at this year’s nominees below and then cast your votes by clicking here.

“Careful With Those Shears Delilah!” by Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls

“Never Too Warm For Wool” by Amish Militia

“Double Bacon Hate Burger” by Fistful of Firearms

“Rust and Mildew” by Eccentric Arcade

“Walking With Spirits” by Whispers to the Fallen

“Fonzy Scheme” by Van Q

“Slash, Slash, Murder Bash!” by The Dark Immortal

“Typeface Not Font MFer” by dzinr

Time is running out!  So cast your votes now!

The Best Band Name Figgie is one of our favorites.  It recognizes a band created in the past year whose name is just downright awesome in every way – funny, clever, cool, memorable and interesting.  A band name that the minute you hear it makes you a fan without even hearing a note, which in the case of Figment is even more important since…well you know…

Take a look at each band and then cast your vote for this and the other five Figgie categories by clicking here!

So here are the nominees for this year’s Best Band Figgie (in no particular order):

Larry David Foster Wallace Shawn Marion Berry

Aqua Volvo

Dementorhosen

Hot Flying Fragments

Lutefist

Taxine Fontaine and the Park Avenue Sluts

The Bacon Grabbers

Whispers to the Fallen

Wheelie Nilsson

Colonel Abstract & The Dangers

So what are you waiting for?  Vote!

Masters of math-metal Zeroth have steadily established themselves as one of the music industry’s most compelling heavy acts, while simultaneously maintaining one of the lowest profiles.  Widely known for the intensity of their performances, both for their ability to replicate some incredibly complex music live as well as providing an immersive visual experience, even their most devoted fans would likely have a hard time identifying them on the street.  Aside from the occasional comments from drummer K [and his frequent work with other bands – Supercrusher, Manifold Spaceport, and his solo project Kaliclysm], the rest of the band has largely remained out of the public eye.  Until now….

Zeroth recently completed their Portals Tour with a fast-becoming-legendary two night stand at the Giza Necropolis, site of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx [documented by the massive box set ‘Beneath The Gaze Of Osiris: Live At The Giza Necropolis’, Long Bong Records, 2010].  Even a band as media-averse as Zeroth recognized the importance of such a unique event, and invited Figment News to join them in Egypt to cover the shows, sitting down with us for their first formal interview the day after the concerts.  Over the course of three days, we got a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the complex mechanism that is Zeroth.

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We are backstage at the Giza Necropolis, where Zeroth’s road crew is working on dismantling their extensive lighting rig.  Last night Zeroth completed their second show at the Necropolis, delivering an outstanding set highlighted by a complete start-to-finish cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ for an encore, featuring Zandergriff Miggs on keys/synths and Stalker Channing on vocals.  The first night featured an equally impressive encore selection, with a cover of Rush’s prog-rock masterpiece ‘2112’, also including Mr. Miggs and Ms. Channing.

FN: First-off, thanks for inviting us along.  Given your typical reluctance to do press, we were very pleased to be given this kind of access to the band.

K: No problem, man.  Glad you made it out.

FN: That was some show last night guys, as was the first.  You pulled out some real gems from your catalog, and of course the two outstanding encore covers.  How did you decide to use ‘Dark Side’ and ‘2112’ for encores?

K: Thanks, man, glad you liked the shows.  Well, we have a short list of albums we’ve wanted to cover, when there were appropriate opportunities.  Things that had an impact on us, individually or collectively, and inspired the direction of the group.  The first was ‘Aenima’ [Tool], which we did this past Halloween.  Then the two we did here.  We have a couple others we will break out when the time is right.

FN: Any hints?

Jason Smith: You’ll just have to wait and see.

Tom Ford: I keep suggesting ‘Asia’ [debut album of 80’s supergroup Asia], but the other guys keep voting it down. [groans around the room]

FN: That could be an interesting one.  A little “Heat Of the Moment”, eh?

K: Dude, please don’t encourage him…..

FN: Zandergriff Miggs and Stalker Channing seemed like odd choices to have team up with you guys, but in the end seemed to work out very well.  How’d that come about?

K: Well, I’ve worked with Z a number of times already and he’s done a couple remixes for us too, so that wasn’t as much of a stretch as you’d think.  He’s just a real cool cat, very laid back and up for anything.  He’s also like a walking encyclopedia of funky music, which is always good to add to the mix.  He can jam on about anything you throw at him.  Jason was the one to suggest Stalker.  That took some discussion to agree on.

FN: I can see why.  Her style of cabaret singing wouldn’t seem like a good match with prog-metal.  But, the way you worked her into the two covers was perfect.

Smith: Thanks.  I have always been a big fan of hers, and thought her voice would lend itself to rock in the right context.  She doesn’t normally sing in the high register, but you can tell she’s got the range.  Originally we were just going to do ‘Dark Side’, but when we got the recording of her demoing some of the stuff on there, it hit me she could do Geddy Lee pretty well too.  So, we decided to add ‘2112’ to the agenda with her taking the lead.  Thankfully, I will add, because I don’t think I could have ever managed that myself.

FN: I’m sure you would have done just fine, but she definitely delivered the goods.

Smith: No doubt.

FN: The music world was taken by surprise at the announcement of your gigs here.  Was that your intention?  And how did you decide to come here in the first place?

Jack Witten: We didn’t set out to shock anyone, or do something deliberately for effect, but we definitely want to try and do things that are unusual and fit into our oeuvre.  All the interesting mathematical aspects and mysteries of this place dovetail well with what we’re doing.

K: I am a closet Deadhead, and always thought their coming here was one of the coolest things they ever did [the Grateful Dead famously played 3 gigs at the Pyramids in September 1978, the first ever rock concerts at the site].  When we started discussing sites for special gigs, I tossed this out right away, and everyone else pretty much agreed it would be a great venue for us.

FN: Well, it certainly was an excellent choice.  The crowd was really into it, and it was obvious you guys were very inspired in your playing.  And the huge full moon was a nice touch as well.

K: Yeah, we lucked out with the moon.  Wish we could take credit for scheduling it purposefully, but we were just fortunate it lined up with our gig.

FN: Lunar cycles aside, there must have been some pretty substantial logistical challenges?  Any interesting stories?

Witten: Things went more smoothly than we’d hoped actually.  From getting the initial approval to bringing in all our gear, everyone locally was very supportive and bent over backwards to help us out.  No doubt, bringing our show here was a lot of work, and props to the crew for making it all happen, but things worked out pretty well.

Ford: I had three different vendors in the market offered to sell me Ramesses hand.  Of course, when I told the third about the other two, and asked how many hands Ramesses actually had, he said “those others are frauds”.  Too funny…..

FN: So, did you buy one?

Ford: Yeah, bought all three, because you never know.  I’ve got them here…. [leans down beneath the table, then pops up laughing].  Nah, I am just kidding.

FN: Nice.

Ford: I try.

FN: K, there’s a persistent rumor out there you were a bit teary-eyed at the end of the second show.  Care to comment?

K: That’s not true… I was almost full-on crying. [laughter all around] I mean, how could you not?  This was the kind of thing, when you start out playing music, you dream of this kind of event.  To actually be there, amid the Pyramids, and playing our music and some music that inspired us in the first place – there’s just nothing better than that….  And really, who could listen to Stalker just nailing the vocals on “Any Colour You Like” and “Eclipse” and not be overcome.  She really stole the show that night.  Gave me chills….

JS: Absolutely, I just sat back in awe while she went to work.  It was a thing of beauty.  I got so caught up, I almost forgot to come back in once or twice, I must admit.

FN: Tom, you’ve been pretty quiet.  Anything you’d like to add?

Tom Hughes: I’m still kinda processing the whole thing, but I’d say this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Never would have imagined we’d end up here doing something like this.  It’s mind-blowing for sure.

FN: Fair enough, thanks.  Well, after being around you guys for the last few days, for a band with such a ferocious live reputation, you all seem pretty quiet and well-adjusted.

K: That’s because we play ferociously.  If we didn’t……bad things might ensue……

Ford: Idle hands and all that….

FN: I see.  Sounds like a win all the way around.  Well, I’d like to shift gears and ask some more general questions, if you guys don’t mind.

Smith: Sure, no problem.

FN: You cover some pretty esoteric subjects on your albums.  Where do you come up with your ideas?

K: Wikipedia.

Witten: Quantum Physics For Dummies.

Smith: We’re all pretty well-read – you don’t play math-metal without being a geek to some degree.

FN: And how do you approach building songs around topics such as string theory, turbulence, and solar eclipses?  It’s certainly not “June/moon/swoon” material.

K: Most often, we’ll work out the basics of the music first, then discuss what kind of themes they may inspire and go find some concepts to match.  Once in a while, we’ll have some lyrical material first – usually based off whatever Jason might be reading about at the moment.

Smith: With ‘Portals’, everything started with the cover image that K came up with.  We started discussing all kinds of pathways through space and time and went from there.  ‘Tachyon’ was almost a further evolution of some of those discussions.  It’s really a bit different each time out though.  We definitely do not have any kind of formula.

FN: What is it about math-rock that inspires you guys?

Witten: The blues-rock thing has been done to death.  Nothing against bands like Cream, Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Black Crowes, The White Stripes, etc, they are all awesome.  We sometimes jam on that classic blues-rock stuff for fun in rehearsal.  We just wanted to do something that has very little tie to anything previously done.  Probably the closest thing to what we do is classical music.  We use the same kinds of mathematical progressions and song structures.

K: Mix in a little avant-garde jazz and away we go…..

FN: What do you say to people who think math-metal is pretentious, difficult-for-the-sake-of-being-difficult, musician’s music?

Ford: You are entitled to your opinions, idiotic as they may be. [laughs]

Smith: It’s certainly not for everyone.  We’ve never sat down and discussed it consciously, but I think we all agree we are making the music we want to hear.  However it’s received is not that important.  Having the success we’ve had has been fantastic – I don’t think any of us would have expected we’d be where we are today, both literally and figuratively – but we’d still be doing the same thing if we were only playing to a handful of people in a small club.

FN: You’ve already acknowledged some of your influences with covers you’ve done.  Any other bands you particularly like or find inspiring?

K: Well, despite everything that’s been made of a “rivalry” between us, we really enjoy Obsidian Paradox’s work.  They’ve been kinda quiet lately, I would like to see something from them soon.

Smith: In a narrow sense, Genesis.  Not the really early stuff or the later poppy Phil stuff.  Basically, ‘Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’.  [gestures with hands] Basically, not here or here, just…..here.

FN: Do I smell a future cover?

Smith: You’ll just have to wait and see.

FN: Merchants Of Metal III was recently announced for May 1 in Philadelphia.  Any chance we’ll see you guys there?  It does look like it would fit between the end of Supercrusher’s tour and the start of the Tachyon Tour.  Coincidence…?

K: Doubtful.  We would only play it if we headlined, which we’ve already done [Zeroth headlined the inaugural MOM], and there are other bands out there that deserve a chance to do that.

FN: Ah, that’s right, you have a policy of never being an opening band, correct?

Smith: There’s that, but it’s really more we have a policy of not repeating ourselves.  MOM is a great festival, and LBR has been an awesome label to be on, but we’ve already done that show.  The label actually agrees with us on this.  It wouldn’t make sense for us to keep playing MOM over and over.  We move on to the next thing.  You won’t ever see “Zeroth at Giza II: The Return”, for instance.

K: [In a dramatic movie announcer voice] “This time, it’s personal….”

FN: What will you do next?  This seems like a tough thing to top.

K: Yeah, this was pretty special.  We have some other cool ideas though, so have no fear….

Smith: When we started the band we all made a list of things we dreamed of accomplishing as a group.  This Giza gig was one.  We have some other ideas for special shows we’ve been discussing, and once we get back together for the Tachyon Tour, we’ll probably come to some decision.

Ford: We are going to leverage quantum physics to play an entire tour’s worth of shows at the same time. [laughs]

FN: That would be something.

Ford: We did go visit the big CERN particle accelerator when were in Europe.  That’s some wild stuff, man.  Creation of black holes, etc….  They are working on it for us.

FN: So, more immediately, what’s on the calendar for this year?  K, you obviously have the Supercrusher tour [The Impact Zone Tour] starting in a couple weeks.  Then the Tachyon Tour kicks off in May.  Will the rest of you work on new music in the meantime, or pursue other hobbies?

Smith: I’m doing a small club tour.  Just me and an acoustic.  I’ll be playing some classic rock and metal covers as well as a few originals.

FN: Wow, I had not heard that.  Will you put an album out?

JS: It’s actually about to come out, on Myrinx Records.  The title will be ‘Midnight Sun’.

FN: Very cool, can’t wait to hear it.  How about you other guys?

Witten: Well, I’m always writing riffs and experimenting with things, so that’s an on-going process for me.  But, with the downtime, I’ll probably go out west and snowboard for a while.  No album coming from that. [chuckles]

Hughes: Just relaxing.

FN: Nice.  You guys have certainly had a busy year, so some downtime is well-deserved.  It was great getting to spend the last few days with you guys – again, the shows were amazing – and to finally sit you all down for an actual interview.  Is this the start of a warmer, fuzzier, more accessible Zeroth?

Smith: Don’t bet on it.

Promotion is important in the real and virtual music worlds.  With so many bands trying to capture people’s attention you have to find a way to cut through the clutter to get a fan’s attention.  That’s where the tagline comes in.  It’s a way to sum up your band’s aesthetic in one line and hook a potential fan.  So when you cast your vote for the Best Tagline Figgie, make sure you pick a band whose tagline is clever, but also right on the money.

Here are the nominees for the Best Tagline Figgie 2010 (in no particular order):

Zeroth

“Because life is too short to play in 4/4”

Dementorhosen

“Bratwurst, blasphemy, and blast beats.

The Mac Daddy

dzinr

“The Mac Daddy”

It's Pennsylvania DEUTSCH, not DUTCH, you buffoons!

Amish Militia

“It’s Pennsylvania DEUTSCH, not DUTCH, you buffoons!”

Fistful of Firearms

“Speak Metal and Carry A Big F**king Gun”

Riddled With Tipos

“Stive for Clarity”

Second Bananas

“Big on craftmanship, large on deference, HUGE on potassium”

Sintera

“Indulgent Crap, Get Some”

Solomon X. Lambert

“I am the last…I will tell the audient void…”

Worship the Glitch

“Prepare to be Boarded!”

Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls

“Hookahs, Not Bazookas”

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