Long John Silver’s, Jaws, and Deadringer have one thing in common, a nefarious use of fish hooks. Clear the beach because the fellas are coming.
Brad Van Norman (Guitar), Thomas Jon (Guitar), Marshall Barnett (Bass), Jason Arnold (Drums), and Gabe Allen (Vocals) make up this hellion of the seas five-piece from Flint, MI.
Deadringer started in 2005, and these Â beer drinking seamen have caused trouble with the likes of Hatebreed and Machinehead. Tom had a few minutes to sit down and go over their interview time with us. Pay close attention to the final guest answer by Gabe at the end, ladies. Let’s go “fishin’!”
NRR: You guys are from the Flint area and have been around since 2005. What’s been going on with the band in the last year?
Thomas Jon: We have been working diligently on our third album set to be released this fall 2015. It promises to be our best yet.
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Dirt Fest 2015?
Thomas Jon: Playing the main stage has always been a goal. So, to be doing that along with one of our biggest influences, Down, we are stoked to be apart of it.
NRR: Since you guys are beer aficionados, what case (brand) of beer would have to show up on the tour bus/van for you guys to do a Backstreet Boys cover at Dirt Fest this year, (laughing)?
Thomas Jon: If you are talking covering a boy band, you better come far more loaded with something other than beer. (Laughing) EFF THAT! If we cover anything it will be far more obscure and far more fun, such as “Dope Fiend” by Acid Bath. Gabe loves that one.
NRR: What kind of rush did you guys have playing with bands like Hatebreed and Machinehead? Will it be able to compare with Dirt Fest, you think?
Thomas Jon: Playing a national show always brings anxiety, intensity, and our A game, playing Dirt Fest will be no different, we tend to perform as if every show has thousands of people out front.
NRR: You guys have a video up about thieves and stage equipment being stolen if you’re not careful. Have you guys been victimized by something like this before or is it just something you have to keep in mind coming from Flint?
Thomas Jon: Being from Flint really has nothing to do with it though we did experience theft once in a practice space years ago. It was our way of doing a PSA to those who travel a lot because this isn’t a first time happening sort of thing. Bands that have their vans/trailers all sticker-ed up and band name on side are begging to get hit, so be smart with your shit. Lock it down.
NRR: What can we expect from Deadringer in the coming days after Dirt Fest is again eagerly awaited to come around in 2016?
Thomas Jon: Release the album, hopefully followed by a music video or two, and shows.
NRR: Is there a band or bands on this year’s Dirt Fest line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Thomas Jon: The mighty Down is foremost, Coal Chamber because we grew up on ’em, Child Bite because its Child Bite, and Beast in the Field because come on! Our friends King 810, all those guys used to come to every single show for my old band Eyes of Dominance and I watched them grow from screaming every word, traveling with us to New Jersey, to their various bands to what they are now. Nothing but love for David Gunn and crew.
Fear Factory for the power, Hellyeah for the groove, Autumn Coma because we share a drummer, man soooo many to list these are just the tip of the iceberg. The whole thing is gonna be bad ass.
NRR: How important is selling merch for a band like Deadringer at a festival like this, and if there are any thongs, who has to model them from the band, (laughing)?
Thomas Jon: Merch is essential especially with a new album coming out we will have two song Cd’s as a preview available at Dirt Fest along with a slew of new shirts, stickers, and posters. Gotta go all out. Haven’t done thongs yet however it’s looking like we will have custom tank tops on hand.
NRR: For anyone that might not have heard your music before, what can they expect to get from your sound on stage.
Thomas Jon: A melting pot of great metal, something for everyone, and something to get “Hooked” on. Our album is centered around our song “Fishhook” and our chorus goes something like “fishhook a bitch,” (laughing).
NRR: What’s the most bizarre thing you guys have witnessed so far while be up on stage?
Thomas Jon: We have had people get up on stage with us and dance around and what not. Nothing to usual, though some of our band bros have come up and tried to mess with us during our last song. (Laughing), had panties thrown on to my guitar, nice little thongs since you were asking about them earlier, (laughing).
NRR: A woman, a guitar, and an endless supply of bacon are floating with you in the ocean headed for a deserted isle. You can have one the entire time you are stranded, one goes away after a day, and one never makes it to the island with you. What goes where?
Gabe Asher: The guitar stays on the island forever, the chick has a nice float back home to “selfie”-ville after one day and the bacon… well, since it IS an ENDLESS supply it goes first, but it NEVER LEAVES… Why you ask? because it’s an endless supply!
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