RADIATION SICKNESS (U.S.) Interview by The Wizard of Noz


by The Wizard of Noz

By Noswal Nevik

1. Start off by introducing yourself and what is your role in your band?

Hard  one  to  start  out  with.  I  am  Doug  Palmer  I  do  vocals  for  Radiation  Sickness  and  co-founded the  band  with  Ryan Rollins (RIP  brother)  in  1987.

2. I have read that you took an extented break from the Metal world, how has it been since you have returned. Is it business as usual or have things drastically changed?

It has been  as fun as smack head winning a lifetime supply. Just great having the time of my life. For Radiation Sickness it is about fun that is it. If it ain’t fun. I ain’t doing it.

3. Tell me a little about the other members of the band? And do any of you play in other bands?

Byron Holton – Bass no other bands he has like 17 kids.

Kevin Gibson – Drums plays in all kinds of stuff.

Tom Ball – Guitar Same as Kevin.

I (Doug Palmer) do not have time to play in any other bands. I would like to do a super  satanic black  metal band.

4. Tell me a little about the releases you have and where they are available for purchase?

The first CD in 20 plus years “Reflections of a psychotic past” it also includes the 1990 LP  “The other  me, a journey into insanity”.  You can pick this gem up from: www.officialabyssrecords.com/ plus shirts, patches, hoodies, thongs, you name it.

We als  released The first two demo tapes re-mastered a complete live set on CD and DVD.  This is on Negative Reaction Records. You can find it at:   http://negativereactionrecords.blogspot.com/p/radiation-sickness_27.html.

5. Are you a touring band or are you a studio only band? If you are a touring band list some of your best shows so far, or if you are a studio only band explain why that is?

We play a lot but like Friday and Saturday night. We drive a lot to play. I wish we could play more on the  road, but all have kids and  jobs. Best shows pre-break up A Day of Death 1990 the first death fest ever.  Doing all we did with Repulsion and Impetigo. Playing a garage show with Macabre. After 2010 any and all shows have ruled.

6. Do you have any amusing stories from when you recorded your album or when you where on the road?

Sex stories, Drug and over dose stories? Getting kicked out of hotels because of pot smell stories.  Fighting stage hands. We spent a lot of time on the road under 21. Drunk and on drugs. There is all kinds of stories. I would not trade it for anything. Well some of the nasty stuff.

7. Name some of the bands that have influenced your playing style and then name some of the bands that people think influenced you but didn’t?

Deviated Instinct, Discharge, Napalm Death, Jim Jones and the Kool Ade Kids, Electro Hippies, Dr. Know (This Island Earth). Bands that people think that influenced us but did not. The Jackson  Five, Napalm after Lee, Crumbsuckers, Agnostic Front, love all those bands but not a major influence.

8. What are some of your all time favorite albums?

Cryptic Slaughter – Money Talks, GBH anything they released, Slayer – Hell  Awaits, Deviated Instinct anything, Electro Hippies – Play Fast or Die, Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness, The  Accused – Grinning like an Undertaker, Napalm Death – Scum, Autopsy – Mental Funeral, Macabre – Gloom, Impulse -Manslaughter, He who laughs last…… There are so many.

9. Name some of the all time worst or overated Metal albums in your opinion?

Anything Metallica did after Cliff Burton died. Anything by 7 seconds.

10. Let everyone know what the band has planned for the future.

Reflections on wax, Reflections just the new songs on a split cassette and three split seven inches this year. I do not want to do a new CD just yet. We need to get “Reflections of a psychotic past” into a second pressing in three more months that is my goal.

Reach us for booking and just to bullshit at: www.facebook.com/RadiationDoug

Thanks for reading this mess.

Interview link: http://thewizardofnozblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/radiation-sickness-interview-02-10-2013/

Radiation Sickness links:

Booking Agent: indycardoug38@yahoo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RadiationDoug

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/radiationdoug

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Radiation+Sickness

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase RADIATION SICKNESS “Reflections of a Psychotic Past” CD and other RADIATION SICKNESS merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=radiation+sickness


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