Countdown to The Metal Suckfest



The Inaugural Metal Suckfest is almost here!!!! Twenty bands will DESTROY The Gramercy Theatre on November 4 and 5, PLUS there’s an awesome, five-band pre-party at the venue the night before, making this THE can’t-miss hang of the year.

Tickets are on sale now right here, and you can hit up the fest’s official website for more info on the shows, including the complete line-up. In the meantime, we’re counting down to this weekend of chaos and debauchery by speaking to one member from each band on the bill. We begin today with guitarist/vocalist Andrew Fidler of Black Tusk, whose new album, Set the Dial, comes out October 25 on Relapse Records.

Read our chat after the jump. And don’t forget to check back in the coming days and weeks for interviews with more of the musicians participating in this awesome event!!!

What other festivals have you played before, if any?

We have done SXSW three times, we have played the Fest three times, we have played Devilneck fest three times, and we played MACRoCk.

What was your best and worst festival experience (as a performer, not as a fan)? You don’t have to name the specific fest if you don’t want, we’re not trying to get you to burn bridges.

So far every festival we have played has been great!

Any tips to fans for having the best possible festival experience?

Hydrate, be it with beer or water! Get a festival guide so you don’t miss any shows and you can schedule hoping around venues. [Lucky for everyone, the entirety of The Metal Suckfest takes place in one venue! -Ed.] Bring friends and have a good time!

For people who are too stupid to read the poster, which day is your band playing Suckfest?

We are playing Friday, November 4th.

Can you tell us anything about the set your band is planning for Suckfest?

We are going to be playing new material from our upcoming album Set the Dial. It comes out October 25th on Relapse Records.

Which band or bands (besides your own, duh) are you most stoked are gonna be at Suckfest?

We are stoked to see our buddies in Howl, Ramming Speed, Municipal Waste, and Fight Amp.

When you were first contacted about appearing at something called “Suckfest,” were you at all concerned that you were being propositioned to appear in a porno movie?

Nah, we were familiar with MetalSucks, so we knew what the fest was for.

Is it awesome or weird that Axl Rosenberg’s parents are coming to Suckfest?

No way.  Our parents have come to our shows before, it’s awesome when your parents show support!

On a scale of one to ten, one being a freshly douched vagina and ten being your balls at the end of a performance, how badly will the Gramercy Theater reek of B.O. by the end Suckfest?

Well, we do have the benefit of it being fall, so the potential for absolute sweaty balls will be somewhat decreased. But it still won’t be pleasant smelling!

Finally, how bad is Suckfest gonna suck?

It’s gonna suck! See y’all there!

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