Sunday, July 29, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway with Andrea Speed

You know all those games you can play with your iPod and MP3 players? You know, the “soundtrack of your life” and all that? I've decided to play that game with my characters, although I've limited it to three songs, supposedly designating past, present and future. And then they comment on the songs. Feel free to Google the songs and listen along, although I warn you – Roan's is not for the faint of ears. Especially those last two.

Roan's (of the Infected series, Dreamspinner Press)

Past: Pansy Division – The Best Revenge
Present: Mr. Bungle – Goodbye Sober Day
Future : These Arms Are Snakes – Subtle Body

Roan – Look, I know you're supposed to listen to mellower music as you get older, but I'm just not that kind of person. I still like noise. It speaks to me in a way little else does. And if Holden says that makes me the one old sad guy at the concert, tell him fuck him too.

Holden's (of the Infected series, Dreamspinner Press)

Past : My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Sex On Wheels
Present : Fall Out Boy – Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?
Future : The Good Natured - Wolves

Holden – I bet Roan's was all noise, wasn't it? I don't think he actually likes listening to it, I think he just says he likes it to be contrary and difficult, his usual modus operandi. What's the over/ under on him secretly listening to Fleet Foxes? Oh, and tell Roan he can't afford me.

Dylan's (of the Infected series, Dreamspinner Press)

Past: Elliott Smith – Last Call
Present: Sun Kil Moon – Dramamine
Future: Blitzen Trapper – Sci-Fi Kid

Dylan – I guess I've always liked the mellower stuff, although I did go through a Goth phase, and I still enjoy Sisters of Mercy, which is probably as noisy as I get. But for a while, Roan and I shared iTunes, until I accidentally downloaded one of his Skinny Puppy songs to my iPod. I'm sure they're very nice people, but the music was so angry and sinister, I couldn't imagine what kind of mood you'd have to be in to listen to that. (Interviewer suggests a Roan mood.) That's why we have separate iTunes accounts now.

Josh's  (of Josh of the Damned, Riptide)

Past : Beck – Loser
Present : Metric – Combat Baby
Future : El-P – Up All Night

Josh - I tried very hard to listen to only cool bands in high school, but I never knew what those were. By the time I figured it out, they weren't cool anymore, or to like them made you a follower. So eventually I gave up. I was never gonna be the cool kid anyways. I was somewhere between band geek and AV club, so the best I could hope for was to get ignored. Which I generally managed to pull off. I guess I'm still that way, although really I'm too tired to keep up. I think you need a day shift job for that sort of thing.

Colin's (of Josh of the Damned, Riptide)

Past: The Clash – London Calling
Present: Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities In Dust
Future: Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant

Colin - I really like old punk, but I like to excuse this with the fact that I'm three hundred years old. Us old fogies cling to our music. I don't get young poeple with their auto-tunes and whipped cream bras and YouTubes ... (Interviewer points out Colin was well into his two hundreds when punk came along.)  Yeah, well, it was pretty much the last time I gave a damn about music. I don't spend all that much time on Earth. You know, where I'm from, the band I like most is Unquiet Dead. (Interview admits having never heard of them.) Oh, they're an all vampire band. I don't expect our music gets to your world. Which is a pity, 'cause they're awesome. Although they do talk about killing humans a lot ...

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  1. Love this post! I was just thinking about Pansy Division the other day...a former member was an acquaintance I'd see at concerts, and he was always very kind to me. Love Roan and Holden's repartee, they sound like they'll be fun to get to know!


  2. Music is such a big part of my day to day and I can't imagine not having it around. Interesting to see the guys tastes and how varied they are (although not surprising!).


  3. I can relate to Roan...I don't listen (or act) my age either :)
    chellebee66 at gmail dot com

  4. Please include me in the drawing

  5. Thanks for the choices! And the giveaway!
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  6. I can relate to Roan. I listen to some of the same music my 21 year old son likes. My iPod is almost full thanks to him. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard lots of good things about the Infected series. Now would be a great time to get started on it!


  7. Love the Infected series and totally relate to Roan's taste in music. If music doesn't speak to you then why listen to it :)


  8. Hiya!
    I have GOT to catch up on my reading! Had to take a break after "Life After Death", but I'm ready to continue. Thanks for being so "awesome"!


  9. Count me in please :)


  10. Andrea Speed's "Infected Series" sounds like very intriguing reads, I'll definitely have to add them to my "to read" list.

    Thank you for the Giveaway, I'd very much appreciate being considered in your drawing for this genrrous Gift of a Book from Andrea's Backlist. Thank You.

    Take Care, Stay Naughty & Keep Those Pants Off ;)
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  11. Great post. Count me in please.

    darose28 at gmail dot com

  12. Please include me too. Thanks for the giveaway!

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

  13. Ehehe... loved the post!!
    Hmm... I already own everything... so I won't be entering.. LOL.. ;) Just wanted to comment anyways. XD

  14. Count me in!!

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  15. Why listen your age, I say? There is no age immune to music!

    But, really, auto-tune's a joke now, right? No one does that seriously anymore, do they?

  16. I love music...but what I listen to depends on my mood!

  17. I'm embarrassed to say, but I've actually looked up a few of Roan's favorite bands and now they are mine as well!

    Since I won Infected: Shift recently don't count me in for the contest please :D

  18. Wow I don't know many of these bands. Hope to try them soon especially if these lovely men like them ;)

    Please enter me for the competition


  19. Count me in!

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  20. Thanks for the comments. Oh, and yes, feel free to look up the bands - most of them have stuff on YouTube and Spotify. (Although some more than others.)


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