Paws, Pets & Metal is Metal Insider’s newest column on bands with pets, discovering who watches them on the road, and more. Get to know more about these metal furbabies. We caught up with Eternal Closure’s Olivier Boitel as he revealed the band are big cat lovers.
Tell us more about your pet(s) and their names?
We’re all big cat lovers here. Naming all the cats would make for a pretty long sentence, especially since Kat is taking care of many babies at the moment. Phil is supposed to get one of them, and he’s the last member of the band to not have a cat, so that problem will be solved haha. We love these little guys and have made it part of our brand through the years. As far as other pets go, Marine has a dog and I will probably have one soon. I also have a bearded dragon, which people tend to be surprised by. He’s super sweet though I swear!
Have you ever taken your pet on tour?
We’ve never had a big tour yet. But I feel like we would never do that. It’s not an environment for them. We’d be stressed enough already.
Who looks after your pet while on the road?
We would let someone close watch over them at home for sure if we ever go on tour for many weeks or a few months. Hopefully, they don’t miss us as much as we miss them.
What’s your pet’s favorite song or album?
I have spent so many times writing music in my room with my cat Poutine sleeping beside me. She’s not bothered by any of it. So I guess I’ll say our new album, At The Center of It All, has been her soundtrack for the last few years. She’s heard the first note of the first demo right until reviewing the final mix for it.
How did you introduce your pet to metal?
She didn’t need anything special to get used to it. I got her very young and I’ve always listened to heavy music out loud. It’s just part of the routine for her after 6 years. She actively comes to sleep beside me when I work on music in my room, so I’d say she has good music tastes!
What animal charity means most to you?
To be completely honest, I am not very familiar with many animal charities. I know that SPCA here in Quebec doesn’t have the best reputation all the time so I can’t really say. However, I am quickly becoming an advocate for veganism in my day-to-day life. It’s my way of pushing for help for animals that aren’t just the cute cats and dogs.