2019 Christmas Roundtable

December 24, 2019 0 By Bryan Swann

Welcome to our 4th annual Christmas Roundtable!

Christmas is here! We sat down with a bunch of bands and artists to discuss this special time of year! Take a look and see what everyone had to say! Hope everyone has a great Christmas and holiday time this year!

Art by Ron Swann and Joseph Arnold

Jaclyn Kenyon

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

JC: My favorite thing about the holiday season is spending the holidays with my family & friends. I also love looking at all the decorations and attending as many holiday events and parties as possible to get myself in the Christmas spirit!

BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?

JC: Every year on Christmas Eve my family and my cousins would go over to my grandparents for dinner. We would all wear matching PJ’s, make our favorite holiday treats and open our presents all together. It was something I would look so forward to every year!

BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

JC: My favorite holiday move would have to be “Elf” I love Will Ferrell and I find him hilarious in that movie ! I know way to many lines from that movie! haha.

BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

JC: I would wanna be Rudolph because he’s the one that gets to guide the sleigh and who doesn’t want a nose that lights up! LOL

BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?

JC: Oh Holy Night  – I always used to sing this song in my church when I was younger and I loved it so much.

Katie Burke (KB & The Idyllwilde)

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
KB: My favorite thing about the holiday season, is these things we call ‘crabbies’ in my family. They consist of cheez whiz, imitation crab meat, garlic powder, baked on english muffins. This may sound odd or downright unappealing to you, but these are little rounds of heaven. Its our favorite thing to make together and it makes everything a little more special having this tradition.
BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?
KB: I don’t have a specific memory that comes to mind as especially momentous, I just have a feeling about holidays of warmth and peace and safety that kind of wash over the whole season for me. We have these old VHS tapes we watch every once in a while as a family, Mom, Dad, sister & bro, and these tapes make us all cry and laugh. Anytime we watch times of old Chirstmases long ago we just kind of bask in gratitude. We have a lot of gratitude cause a lot of us are in recovery for one thing or another. I have the best family in the world and I think that’s what makes up the holidays for me, just remembering that.
BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
KB: My favorite Christmas movie is the clay-mation Rudolph with heatmeiser & snowmeiser!  Goddamnit that music is so good! Also when Rudolph saves the New Year’s Baby.
BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
KB: If I could be a holiday character I would be Jack Frost.  He gets all the girls, he’s super fast, he’s got a super set of skills in freezing things.  Control. He’s got control. I think It’d be too much pressure having a Santa or even Head Elf role.  Jack is off the radar but making big moves. Yeah, he’s my guy.
BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?
KB: My favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night”. It is the most intense and anthemic Christmas song there is! Its CRAZY!  My favorite version is Nat King Cole’s. We listened to it every Christmas growing up.

Autopilot

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

Autopilot: We always get back from tour around the beginning of December. All the hotels have Christmas trees lit up in the lobby and it makes you miss home. So the best part is getting home and seeing the people we love and spend our lives with. The second best part is the Eggnog Paralyzer: 40% spiced rum, 30% Vanilla Coke, 30% eggnog. Make sure to start with lots of ice. Try it – it’s going to make your Christmas better.
BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?
Autopilot: A few years back around Christmastime, I took a vacation down to NYC with my wife. I asked her to marry me on that trip. At the airport, I had to tell security not to take ring out of my bag and give away the surprise. We did all the touristy stuff that the band and I never have time to do. It was good being in New York without the craziness of tour and playing every day. I’m kind of a Christmas guy. Oh yeah, and I really love New York too.
BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Autopilot: A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens was really a great writer and struggled like most. I can relate to a lot of what he was up against.
BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
Autopilot: Jesus. He saved a lot of people. He also has the best birthday parties.
BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Autopilot: Well I can’t just have one. Here’s 5 I wish I wrote:
Tom Waits – Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis

Pogues – Fairytale of New York
LCD Soundsystem – Christmas Will Break Your Heart
The Killers – A Great Big Sled
The Jins – Jack Skellington
Zaragoza

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

Zaragoza: That is gives people a chance to be happy for no reason other than to be happy. That underneath the commercialism there is a message of world peace in this Holiday.
BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?
Zaragoza: One of my earliest childhood memories is my aunt dressing up as Santa and surprising us. We then opened presents and “Santa” told me my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt (I loved TMNT) was from my favorite dog. My aunt had around 5 dogs and for what ever reason I was really drawn to this little shabby one. Something inside of me was confused and filled with love that an animal got me a present. Now knowing what I know about animals and how they communicate, maybe he had a bigger role in it than we know. Kind of like how your dog knows exactly when you are going to take them out on a walk or if you are leaving the house with out them before you even grab the leash.
BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Zaragoza: The Nightmare Before Christmas.
BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
Zaragoza: If you asked me when I was a child I’d say Jack from Nightmare Before. Today I would say Santa Claus. No one to bug you way up in the North Pole, got awesome pet reindeers and a good wife and dedicated and loyal worker elfs. Then once a year I get to fly around the world and bring happiness to people? I’m game!
BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Zaragoza: Gypsy Christmas and Silent Night
James Branton and Christopher Blake (Ashes to Omens)

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
James: Getting together with good friends and family.
Christopher: Stealing my little cousin’s toys and playing with them.
BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?
Christopher: 3 different occasions when Santa brought me dirtbikes.
BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
James: Probably Christmas Vacation or Christmas Story.
Christopher: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original).
BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?
James: I have no clue.
Christopher: Turbo Man from Jingle All the Way so I could fly with that awesome jetpack.
BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?
James: I’m leaning towards Carol of the Bells.
Christopher: Mr. Grinch

Jenny Teator

Daughter of the Devil single art

BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season? 
JT: Downtime. I don’t get a lot of it, but the industry tends to kind of shut down during the holidays and I’m okay with it! Gotta recharge every now and then 🙂
BS: What is the best holiday memory you have? 
JT: Spending Thanksgiving with three of my close friends in Mexico. That was such an amazing trip, we had the beach to ourselves in Mazunte, Mexico and a nice dinner on the beach too!
BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie? 
JT: Elf!!
BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why? 
JT: Santas wife. His job is to literally make everyone happy with gifts, happy wife happy life right??? LOL
BS: What is your favorite Christmas song? 
JT: Run, run Rudolph!
Josh Cambell (Dark Below)

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season? 

JC: Just getting to spend time with my family and friends. I was never really into the family stuff when I was younger and I honestly regret that now that I’ve gotten older and have been through some things that make me realize just how important those people are and that they should never be taken for granted.

BS: What is the best holiday memory you have? 

JC: I woke up at like 3 am once on Christmas and knew that one of the items under the tree was a video game, so I just went ahead and opened it and started playing because my parents were in bed. My mom woke up and caught me in the act and gave me the whole, “Wait until I tell your dad” routine. She left the room and told him and all I heard was him laughing, so pretty much nothing happened.

BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie? 

JC: Well, that depends, does Die Hard count as a Christmas movie? If I had to pick one I’d probably say A Christmas Story. I’ve seen it at least 50 times.

BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why? 

JC: Probably the guy from A Nightmare Before Christmas because that whole forest with the doors to other worlds thing was awesome and I’d like to check that out.

BS: What is your favorite Christmas song? 

JC: Working at Home Depot during college pretty much made me despise Christmas music due to their awful 10 song holiday loop, but if I had to pick one I’d say Jingle Bell Rock.

Emma Garrell

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

EG: Nothing, I’m a grinch. No really the smell of the trees!

BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?

EG:  Driving cross country with my family.

BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

EG: Elf and Home Alone and the live-action Grinch

BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

EG: Jack Frost, that seems like me. Nippin’ at your nose.

BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?

EG: Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas is You”

Until the Storm

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season? 

Stacy Mccullar: Well to be honest I really hate holidays. I do enjoy the colder weather and taking a trip to the higher elevations to snowboard

Sado Rabaudi: Digging through my old box of Elvis and costumes and zombie makeup for Halloween.

Eric Lamb: Spending quality time with you 😉

Greg Carrillo: Early nights, and twinkling lights. Throw in some spiked egg-nog, and I’m good for a month.

BS: What is the best holiday memory you have? 

Stacy Mccullar: My Uncle used to rob houses for a living and he actually broke into someone’s home and stole their gifts right out from under their tree and scored a brand new Nintendo 64 for me and my sis!! Best Christmas ever!!

Eric Lamb: I used to do a lot of psychedelics during the holidays when I was younger, hard to choose just one memory they’re all so fantastic. I also got a guitar for christmas when I was 13 or 14, so there’s that too. There’s also this upcoming christmas, where I’m looking forward to spending quality time with you 😉
BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Stacy Mccullar: I love the shining.. and also that cartoon Rudolph movie

Eric Lamb: Fargo
Greg Carrillo: Christmas Vacation by a landslide. Cousin Eddie is an American Icon.  “Shitter Was Full” and Clark’s meltdown…I can relate on both fronts.

BS: If you could be any holiday character, who would it be and why?

Stacy Mccullar: Krampus!! So I can scare the shit out of little Asshole kids!!!

Eric Lamb: Mr. Hankey, he’s a real piece of shit but he always has a smile on his face and a song in his heart, and I can identify with that. I watch his xmas special every year on xmas, usually alone and crying and swimming in booze.

Sado Rabaudi: The Turkey from the movie “Thankskilling”, because he has a great sense of humor.
Greg Carrillo: Bumble (the abominable snowman) from Rudolph, because my teeth suck too.

BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Stacy Mccullar: “No presents for Christmas” King Diamond

“ X-M@$” Corey Taylor

“Black x-mas” Venom

I don’t have one favorite ANYTHING! Don’t try to make me choose!

Sado Rabaudi: “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” from “Nightmare Before Christmas”

Eric Lamb: Black Sabbath – Solitude
Greg Carrillo: Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley. My brother hated it, and it was hilarious when he would sing along. RIP Elvis, RIP Eddie.

Jake Ward (Watch Me Breathe)

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

JAW: Seeing family, for sure! Food is a close second.

BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?

JAW: It’s a tough question! I think I’ll have to go with Christmas morning when I was 6 years old. I don’t know why I have such a vivid memory of what that particular year/age was like, but I do, and it was pure magical childhood joy. I got this Superman action figure and I couldn’t believe how stoked I was.

BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

JAW: That’s easy. “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

JAW: Wow, ANY holiday character? Maybe the Grinch after his heart operation?

BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?

JAW: You know, I wasn’t sure for the longest time, but I’ve decided recently that it is The Christmas Song by Mel Torme. I love the melody, it’s really nice!

N.a.s.H.

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BS: What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

Bryan Nash: It’s easier in the cold.

Dylan Johnson: Just family being together and the overall spirit of it all. Strangers saying Merry Christmas to strangers and being a lil better to each other.

Jim Bobbi Nash: I enjoy doing all my Christmas shopping on December 24.

BS: What is the best holiday memory you have?

Bryan Nash: Christmas time spent in New York City is the only way to fly in my opinion. No year in particular, but when were in NYC, and it’s Christmas…there’s just nothing like it.

Dylan Johnson: My dad and I once got flipped off by Santa in Newburgh. My dad was pointing at something, I forget what it was, and we were laughing and apparently Saint Nick thought we were making fun of him. It was hysterical.

Jim Bobbi Nash: There was this one time, I dressed up as Santa and had my friend drive up and down the street while I hung out the sunroof, trying to impress this girl I knew in high school.

BS: What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Bryan Nash: Die Hard

Dylan Johnson: Just Friends

Jim Bobbi Nash: Not Die Hard

BS: If you could be any holiday character who would it be and why?

Bryan Nash: oh DEFINITELY John McClane

Dylan Johnson: Jack Skellington. What a badass.

Jim Bobbi Nash: Dominick the Donkey

BS: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Bryan Nash: “Christmas Time is Here” from the Charlie Brown Christmas movie. Vince Guaraldi is awesome.

Dylan Johnson: O Holy Night

Jim Bobbi Nash: Christmas Shoes

Check out 2018’s Roundtable