- Hello, thank you so much for answering to our questions. You will soon unleash your new opus, “Demonocracy”, what does this name refer to? It seems like a mix between “demon”and “democracy”, which at the same time seems to fit with your later lyrics…
Yes, yes. It is a very political album. You know, a lot of bands in our genre continue to write about the same old stereotypical topics. Gore, death, murder and so forth. I’ve always been much more inspired by bands with a more punk rock attitude like Napalm Death, Misery Index, Dying fetus and At the Gates. Bands that speak of the true evils of the world that lie deep with corruption. World politics can be scarier than anything else if you dig deep enough into it.
- For this album you have, once more, new members: bass player Nick Schendzielos and guitar player Tony Sannicandro. How’s everything going with them so far? What could you say have they brought to the band?
Before we got Nick and Tony things were rough in the band. Our old guitar player left to start a family life and our old bassist had to leave due to a serious drug addiction problem. We were at the verge of throwing in the towel because of it. Luckily due to perfect timing, Nick and Tony were floating around. With them, they’ve brought a great deal of technicality and story telling musicianship. Pretty noticeable difference if you listen to Demonocracy in contrast to our older albums.
- In fact for this “Demonocracy” I noticed the bass has a really strong presence; was this just because of Nick or was something you were striving for?
Nick is just so good of a bass player we just decided we had to make him MUCH louder in the mix. He is honestly a huge step up from our previous bassist, as is Tony on guitar playing. With every new member we have ever found we have always made a conscious effort to make sure that they are a much better musician.
- The huge bass helps getting the really heavy overall sound the album, could you say this had something to do with the production or was you wanted this album to be?
All the production goes thanks to Jason who produced the record. We went into the studio with intentions to get a more organic sound than anything we’ve really had in the past.
- Talking about this, Jason Suecof took production duties; are you satisfied with his work?
Yes of course, this is our third time working with him. We’ve become very comfortable working with him and we really respect his opinion a lot. He’s done a lot of amazing albums in the past, including with his own bands CrotchDuster and Capharnum. He keeps us on our toes and helps us become a tighter band.
- I could also say this “Demonocracy” is your most brutal and aggressive opus so far. Did you have clear since the beginning how did you want this record to sound like?
We had absolutely no idea what this album was going to sound like. We were originally making a conscious effort to make this our slowest paced album to date, but obviously… It turned into our fastest and most aggressive. Once Tony was stamped in the band we simply told ourselves to do whatever we wanted and to have fun with it. We didn’t want anything to feel forced and I think you can tell by listening to the album you can tell we had a great time writing it.
- On the other hand, the songwriting seems to be really well-cared. Did something change during the writing process? I think this gives the album a more enjoyable final output.
You know, just growing older with age we’ve become better song writers. It was simply a natural progression.
- Lyric-wise you are following the path you started with “Ruination”, covering some political issues but, what are some of the subjects will we find on “Demonocracy”?
The military industrial complex and how its the strongest entity making money for the United States, the world wide shunning of whistle blowers who attempt to rule out corruption, the monopoly of drinkable water, the common re-occurrence of FBI entrapment of innocent US citizens, America’s trillion dollar debt and so forth.
- Your covers have always been a huge trademark of JOB FOR A COWBOY, and this time is just as great as always. How did you work with Brent Elliott White for it? What does it represent?
I simply gave Brent Elliott White a brief rundown of what lyrics were about. He amazingly came up with that on his first attempt. In a nutshell it is lady liberty crying oil and holding a scale where violence out-weighs peace.
- That’s all, thanks once more for taking your time. If you want to add some final words before we wrap this interview up; feel free to do it.
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