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The Black Dahlia Murder, Revocation, Etc. Members Speak Of Their Most Memorable Moments With Overzealous Fans


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Those in successful bands are probably all too familiar with punishers—those super fans who manage to turn up at the most inconvenient time with a laundry list of questions or perhaps wears out their welcome quickly thanks to drunken antics or an overwhelming sense of self-entitlement.

Kerrang! had members of The Black Dahlia Murder, Revocation, Khemmis, Inter Arma and more share stories of their most memorable encounters with punishers, while also coming clean with their embarrassing moments as a punisher themselves.

Speaking of the latter, The Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad said of a past encounter he had with Billy Graziadei of Biohazard, Powerflo, BillyBio, etc.:

“I definitely fall into the Drunken Mess territory. I also believe this to be the worst kind of Punisher. Irony? Anyway. The Black Dahlia Murder was out on Soundwave, a massive outdoor touring music festival that traveled across Australia for a few weeks. Backstage at these things would get pretty sloppy… lots of ‘wild guy’ personalities in one place. As a punisher, the festival backstage is a great way to run into bands you look up to.

They are often stuck in the same tent world maze that you are, and are sitting ducks for Punishment. After one legendary evening of partying that including my repeatedly trying to do the splits (there were bikini babes pouring Monster Energy vodka bombs and I had infinity of them) I was hungover and sweating my face off at lunch when I saw Billy Graziadei of Biohazard fame out of the corner of my eye.

I figured it was my chance to go in for the ‘Hey I love your band!’ move so I waddled over to his table and began to introduce myself. ‘Hey man! I love ‘Urban Discipline‘…I’m Trevor!’ I said, extending my hand. He looked me square in the face and said ‘Yeah I know who you are, you told me last night!’ Shamed, scolded and defeated, I promptly did a legitimate face-palm turned around and scurried off in my embarrassment. I can only hope I didn’t do my Evan Seinfeld impression for him, but deep in my heart, I know that I did. Sorry for the Punishment, Billy!”

Meanwhile, speaking of being punished himself, Revocation‘s Dave Davidson commented:

“One of my most awkward tour encounters happened back in 2013 when we were out with 3 Inches Of Blood. We had finished playing our show and were looking for somewhere to crash for the night, thankfully a fan had offered his place so he hoped in the van with us as we headed out.

As he’s giving us directions he mentions multiple times how much of a fan he is and how we’re one of his favorite bands of all time, we were all very flattered until we pulled up to his residence and he exclaims ‘Man, I can’t believe 3 Inches Of Blood are staying at my place tonight!!!’

I remember Dan doing his best Cam Pipes impersonation from the back of the van as he belt out the first few lines of the Deadly Sinners chorus as a joke… But it was clear immediately afterwards that the gentleman we were staying with was in fact not joking and had completely mistaken us for a band who we do not resemble even in the slightest.

I remember the van getting silent for a moment, each of us counting the seconds that felt like an eternity tick away. ‘Surely someone will speak up and correct this gentleman in this embarrassing situation,’ I thought to myself, but around the 10-second mark of silence I knew at that point we had to commit: We were 3 Inches Of Blood now.

I entered his home with so many thoughts going through my mind, namely, ‘If we were his favorite band how does he not know what any of the members look like? He was at the show after all, or was he? What the hell is going on here and why is he showing me his collection of “chupacabra” skulls, dear God I just want to go to sleep…’

I ended up crashing out in a spare bedroom to try and escape the secondhand embarrassment, but my other bandmates were not so lucky. He had stayed up asking them detailed questions about what it’s like to be in 3 Inches, how the band got started etc. etc.

Everyone was curling up in their sleeping bags feigning fatigue or pretending to be asleep outright and then it happened… His girlfriend who was also excited to meet the band had arrived home. However, she quickly realized that the dudes sleeping on the floor were not in fact 3 Inches, but instead a group of strangers who she did not recognize at all.

I was asleep by this point but apparently the couple got into a heated argument that culminated with our mistaken innkeeper looking for answers from us.

I remember waking up to a shadowy figure standing in the doorway of the room I was staying in. ‘You’re not 3 Inches Of Blood’ the shadow man said coldly. ‘Dude… are you serious,’ I tiredly replied. He then proceeded to chastise me and my other bandmates for ‘lying’ about who we were, as if the ol’ 3 Inches Of Blood grift was a commonplace scheme for us.

After he had exposed us as swindlers he must have felt satisfied because he still let us stay but I definitely slept with 1 eye open the rest of the night. As the morning dawned we hightailed it out of there and of course told the 3 Inches guys the next day at the show. We all got a laugh out of it, and luckily our heads didn’t wind up next to his chupacabra skull collection.”

You can find the whole feature over at Kerrang.com.

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