Graham Reid | | 2 min read
Devilskin bassist Paul Martin has some serious prior form in the noise stakes: He played in the legendary (not a word we use lightly here) Kiwi hard rock bands Knightshade and Blackjack, and more recently was lead guitarist/lead singer for World War Four.
But with Hamilton's Devilskin it seems it has all come to a higher plane.
The band -- fronted by the nailhard vocals of Jennie Skulander and with the guitar of The Nail (there's that reference again) alongside the drumming of Paul's son Nick -- have really hit their stride.
Witness the fact their debut album We Rise went straight to the top of the New Zealand charts and scored them mainstream media coverage right across the country.
This is bigtime stuff for a hard rock band, so it was time to invite The Axeman -- so called because he hosts a radio show called Axe Attack -- to answer the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire as the band continue their tour (dates below).
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
Louis Armstrong “What A Wonderful World”
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon! Ramones! Neither. Neither.
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
The three songs (of mine) I would love everyone to hear are . . .
Devilskin “Burning Tree” Blackjack “Now You Fly” Paul Martin “Loser”
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?
Lots....Paul Stanley's guitar neck. Rob Halford's teaspoon. A twig from the tree Marc Bolan hit.
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Conversations With Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Black Sabbath “War Pigs”
The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Clockwork Orange 3x
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Judas Priest –Redeemer Of Souls, Suede Arcade
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
A Goetic Sigil
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
The beach with my loved ones.
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
Because everyone has told us so . . . but mostly we believe it in our hearts