(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (in this case, bassist George Pond of rock band: Disciples of Verity) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains).
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
George Pond: The album is called Pragmatic Sanctions; it’s a decree of primary importance. The writing was basically done between me, a few friends, and Corey Glover. At first, we were just trying to compile a bunch of songs with no real intention on what we were going to do with them – just trying to write material that we loved. After a few songs were completed, I happened to be in California at the NAMM show with Corey Glover. We both had our flights canceled due to a large snowstorm on the east coast. Obviously, we had lots of time to kill. I started showing him some tracks that we were working on and asked if he would do a song with us because I think the world of Corey. He, in my opinion, is one of the best singers of all time; he is so underrated. He said, “Hell yeah!”. He liked what he was hearing. We got together at my house where I have a home studio and it turned into an entire album. We just hit a stride and kept going. Especially after the recruitment of my good buddy Corey Pierce jumped aboard – things really got rolling. The producers on this record are me, Charlie Berezansky, Corey Pierce, and additional engineering by Corey Lowery. So many great special guests on this record that people will recognize and some you won’t, but everyone absolutely killed it!
What are you working on right now?
George Pond: We are working on tour dates and promoting this record. And of course, always writing.
Which voice in your head is the craziest?
George Pond: The one that tells me to do music for a living! [laughs]
How often do you work on your music?
George Pond: Four to five days a week, but I am always working – it’s a curse! [chuckles]
What is your philosophy? Motto?
George Pond: “It’s not where you are from; it’s where you are at!”
What is an extravaganza? And why is having an extra “vaganza” so special?
George Pond: It is a part of the women’s anatomy that shouldn’t be talked about in public. Let’s just say: they do have corrective surgery for such things. I looked this up on the google machine as all my facts.
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
George Pond: [laughs] It has got to be Ozzy. For one, I know I can beat him and secondly, I want to hear his banter. I mean that would be entertaining as hell; you know that shit would be fun as hell.
Which band member are you positive is an extraterrestrial and what does their planet look like? Details!
George Pond: It’s got to be Glover. His singing is definitely out of this world. I mean, he hits some notes that are not humanly possible. His planet has to look like the ultimate landscape. Kinda like if you were to mix the northern lights with the most beautiful beach on earth with the grand canyon in the background with the coliseum in Rome where everyone always goes for a show and there is no internet. The only social media is people interacting with one another; not their phones. I mean, maybe this is the planet I want. [laughs]
What master musicians would you like to study with?
George Pond: Well, this is tough. There are so many that are great out there, but I will say JD Deservio from Black Label Society. Mainly because he is my friend; a super chill dude and he is multi-talented. He does everything: including recording and producing. Don’t tell him I said so, but I look up to this guy even though I am a foot taller [laughs]. Also, he is a NY Rangers fan and that’s always a plus!
How long could you live without money?
George Pond: Um, yeah, one week maybe.
Worst thing ever eaten?
George Pond: Boogers. As an adult, I have lost my taste for them. As a kid, they were so good.
What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
George Pond: “I Am Above In Flames”.
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