Paws, Pets & Metal is Metal Insider’s newest column on bands with pets, who watches them on the road, and more. Get to know more about these metal furbabies. We caught up with Graveshadow vocalist Rachl “Raxx” Quinn as she revealed her three cats aren’t too fond of metal.
Tell us more about your pet(s) and their names?
I have three cats. They have names that reflect our nerdy interests. I have a tabby named Kakarot, a black cat named Jet, and a gray tabby named Geralt. They’re all pretty loveable and are about twenty pounds each. I adore them.
Have you ever taken your pet on tour?
I have not taken them on tour. The reason is that they’re pretty sensitive little creatures. I don’t think they’d fare well seeing new sights and sounds. They’re pretty happy chilling at home and being lazy there.
Who looks after your pet while on the road?
When I’m on the road my partner looks after them, mostly. There are instances where we’re both gone, as he’s a part of the road crew for other larger acts. When we’re both gone, it’s whoever is close to us that would like to live free in our house and give cat scratches. You can imagine that we don’t have too many people that say “no” to that offer.
What’s your pet’s favorite song or album?
My cats are heartbreaking little traitors because they don’t like heavy metal. They love bebop jazz and lofi. It’s just like a cat to do the exact opposite of what you want them to.
How did you introduce your pet to metal?
When they were kittens I put Krokus on the record player to see their reaction. It wasn’t positive. I think something about the musical frequencies isn’t really for them. However, they do love watching the record spin around, so it’s a give and take.
What animal charity means most to you?
I really have a lot of respect for our local Gem City Catfe. They run Gem City Kitties that seek to improve the lives of cats in the Dayton area. I love the idea of cat cafes where you can meet and adopt cats. I’ve seen a lot of stray cats on the streets of Dayton, Ohio, so it’s really nice to see a charity trying to make a difference.