John Dayton - Age Of Distrust
This year marked the second year of the Warriors of Metal summer festival in Ross County, Ohio. Despite the strange weather, I braved the stifling heat inside the accommodations provided to speak with my good friend, John Fucking Dayton: percussion powerhouse of Chillicothe, Ohio's thrash metal miscreants Age of Distrust. Admired by his local peers and wise beyond his eighteen years, he and I discussed the perils-and possibilities-of pioneering a metal festival in such inhospitable territory, and his band's plans to bring the brothers of metal back from beyond the grave.
Nate: Well, here we are at Warriors of Metal, in this ninety-degree trailer! It's great to talk to you, as always!
Nate: So, you guys are playing tomorrow, right?
Nate: Cool. How are you guys approaching this particular gig?
Nate: I know what you mean!
Nate: Yeah, oceans of people waiting on the metal!
Nate: Definitely. Do you think this will be a high point, or is it just another gig for you guys?
Nate: How so?
Nate: No kidding! He's a real miracle worker when it comes to this sort of thing
Nate: And knowing Jar, I don't imagine he will. It's always interesting to see something like this festival come together, especially on such short notice.
Nate: So how do you feel about the lineup for this festival?
Nate: Yeah, I know. I was disappointed when Lunarium's show at Nightmare Music II fell through, because I really wanted to see Aska
Nate: And we get to see them rock out! Also, how familiar are you with Twisted Tower Dire?
Nate: Definitely. The older I get the more I appreciate old-fashioned, no-frills headbanging music.
Nate: No kidding. It's going to be great to finally see a true metal festival in the southern Ohio area, it's definitely needed it!---
Nate: I agree. I mean, the metalheads in this area just didn't have anywhere to go.
Nate: Going to concerts these days can be difficult at times with the economy the way it is.
Nate: Even the older fans have trouble from time to time. That's why I hope this festival is a success.
Nate: Absolutely! So tell me a bit more about this MetalX festival you guys played in Cincinnati.
Nate: Nice. It's always good to see a crowd. I've watched you guys a lot, and I know you really feed off of crowds. Particularly Matt (Harper, Bass/Vocals), if the crowd's on, he's on.
Nate: So, looking beyond today-and I've been curious for some time--Where do you see the future of Age Of Distrust?
Nate: And that's probably the noblest way to go about it
Nate: Indeed. You work your ass off and try to do the best you can. And honestly, a life focused upon service will benefit us all in the long run, particularly you guys, if you offer your music to the fans and don't expect anything in return. I know you and I share similar Wiccan spiritual beliefs, and Karma is definitely an important force to consider when you have something you want to share with the world.
Nate: Well, it's hot in here, and there's work to be done on the stage, so I'll end with this: Do you have one final thought for all the people who will be reading this interview?
Nate: But the latter of those is the best advice I've heard all day!