At this weekend’s Knotfest LA, Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg revealed his terrifying new mask to the world. Both evocative of the mask worn by late Slipknot bassist Paul Grey and uniquely unsettling in its own right, the mask has met with widespread approval from Slipknot’s fans. But now, Jay has shared a reaction video in which he introduces his new face to its harshest critic: his dog Papaya.
For those interested in knowing more about her, Papaya is a Smooth Coat Brussels Griffon owned by Jay and his wife Chloe, and has her own Instagram page. She has the adorable face of certain large bats from Spanish-speaking nations, and spends most of her time shooting her loving owners the stink eye as they put her in adorable outfits.
As you can see in the video Jay posted to his Twitter, Papaya isn’t exactly a fan of Jay’s mask. This might be because, being a dog, she thinks it’s some sort of animal, or maybe that it’s a human face looking up at her from the floor, which would upset anyone. She gives the mask a few barks, and then when Jay holds it up, she straight-up loses it. Check it out:
— Jay Weinberg (@jayweinbergdrum) November 8, 2021
This shouldn’t make you think Papaya is frightened of all masks — she knows her human when she sees him, no matter what face she’s wearing:
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Jay’s mask wasn’t the only new thing to be revealed at Knotfest LA — the band also gave their new single, “The Chapeltown Rag,” its live debut. For those of you who haven’t heard it yet, the track is gnarly and overflowing with bile, the song channeling the fucked-up Slipknot of old rather than the hooky, more polished incarnation of the band we know today.
“It’s classic Slipknot,” says Taylor of the track. “And it’s frenetic. But lyrically, it’s coming from a point of talking about the various manipulations that can happen when social media meets media itself. And the different ways that these manipulations can try to pull us in different directions, in the fact that we’re all becoming addicts to it, which is very, very dangerous.”
Check out the live debut of “The Chapeltown Rag” below:
Words by Chris Krovatin