A few weeks ago I was asked to interview a band that I really dig: Lord Mantis. I didn’t hesitate in taking the gig. It was an email interview, so I sent my questions to their PR guy and was looking forward to their responses.
I am going to slightly sway from the story here: I want to recommend to everyone that if you have a trace of doubt in your mind, listen to it. On the surface, I was stoked to do the interview, but a couple of months beforehand one of my Facebook friends who is Trans, had posted some leaked artwork of the band’s cover, depicting a woman with a penis, bound with lash marks and a noose. A couple of other Facebook friends had responded that the artwork was incredibly offensive to Trans people and swore to boycott the album and the band. I agreed that the cover could be construed as offensive, and added that the artist, musician Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Twilight) might not have been the best choice, as he had just gotten out of some serious legal charges involving accusations of sexual assault.
(Full discloure: A good friend of mine interviewed Whitehead for Decibel Magazine when the charges first materialized in the press. I talked to him privately as in the interview the charges were not mentioned by him, but Whitehead did allude to them himself. In a roundabout, passive / agressive way I accused him of purposefully omitting the charges, which were later dismissed).