Strung Out (15 novembre 2007)
Entrevue de Max Wingender avec Jordan
Max de PunkMeUp s’est entretenu avec un des groupes favoris de la scène punk rock, STRUNG OUT. Max a ainsi interviewé le batteur du groupe Jordan, considéré par plusieurs musiciens de la scène comme un drummer exquis.
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[Max W]: I’m with Jordan from STRUNG OUT. Nice to meet you!
[Jordan]: Good to meet you too.
[Max W]: You guys have just released your 6th full length if we don’t count your live album and the eps.
[Jordan]: Oh!! I don’t know, something like that (laughs).
[Max W]: This new album is called Blackhawks over Los Angeles. Can you tell me the signification of the title?
[Jordan]: Hum! I don’t know! You know, that’s Jason. He names all of our albums. He does all the lyrics. He created all the artwork. It’s Jason’s concept pretty much and you know, obviously it just reflects a lot of is tough and the way he’s feeling. Obviously, he’s the one that could give more details on that. You know, I’m just the drummer (laughs).
[Max W]: Almost 3 years passed between Exile in Oblivion and Blackhawks. Is there any reason for this?
[Jordan]: Yeah! There is, because we were writing music and we were touring. So, I mean, there is no reason to try to release a record every year or something like that. It’s like, you release the music when the time is right. We’re not in a rush for it.
[Max W]: What is the main difference between this new album and the others? Is there any continuity between your albums or are you guys trying to create totally brand new music each time?
[Jordan]: Oh! No. I don’t think that any of our albums are a continuity of anything. I think every album is an individual on its own. I mean, we never have wrote like thinking: “Oh we need to make a continuation with this”. And I think that’s a reason why our albums don’t sound like one another. They still sound like STRUNG OUT but it’s not like we were repeating ourselves. So you know, we have a lot of writing within the music so, yeah! It’s not a continuation of anything. It’s a continuation of our band.
[Max W]: Is it hard not to repeat yourself after being in the same band for fifteen years?
[Jordan]: Oh Yeah! I mean we’re not going to write Suburban Teenage Wated Land Blues over and over and over. I mean obviously, our fans really like that album. We try to keep elements that are from that album, you know, within some of the songs but, you know, each and everyone one of us is writing music and each and every one of us has his influences on the songs. And that helps in the creativity.
[Max W]: We can hear some touch of metal influences in most of your songs. Where does it come from? Can you name some influences?
[Jordan]: You know, we’ve definitely always had metal. I mean, everyone has some influences. We’ve been asked for our influences for almost thirteen years. You know, its like, it’s everything. The influences are endless. I mean, the influences are not down to one band, two bands or even ten bands. You know, if you are influenced by one band, or a handful of bands, you are close minded. I don’t want to be influenced by anyone. I want us to be influenced by ourselves.
[Max W]: In the same way, what do you think about labelling? For example, is STRUNG OUT a punk rock band or a metal band?
[Jordan]: You know, when it comes to a title like that, I don’t give a fuck (laughs). I’m over titles and I think that titles are stupid. Punk rock used to be just punk rock and now, that’s long gone and done with, and I don’t care. We just play music and hopefully people like it whether you want to call it punk rock or metal or metal with a punk rock heart. You know, who cares?
[Max W]: You guys have been playing together for almost fifteen years. Do you think that you guys have the same convictions that you had fifteen years ago? Do you have the same thoughts as you used to when you think or talk about STRUNG OUT?
[Jordan]: I think so because all of us still really enjoy what we’re doing. And we are also very fortunate to be able to do what we are still doing. There’s a lot of bands that have come from our time that, you know, aren’t doing as well as we have or as we still are. We keep making new fans right now, and still playing great shows and we’re still interested you know; tons of kids have tons of tattoos all over their body. Every one of us still loving doing this so, if we didn’t like doing it then I don’t think we would feel up to the task, and be able to do good music. Because, you know, music is definitely the first thing that you need to enjoy. You know, the other things that are coming along with it are secondary. You know, like the music that you going to play and being on stage every night. You know, everything else that comes along with that is awesome.
[Max W]: During this tour, some shitty things happened to you guys. Someone stole you van and trailer, and one of your technician got hurt. Could you talk about those things and tell us your reaction when something like that happens on tour?
[Jordan]: Well, I don’t know. I mean, you think about someone you know getting very injured or dying or something. You don’t think it could happen to you or to someone you know. And then, when it does, like it was happening to us, it’s unbelievable. You don’t want to believe that happened. We actually saw the video footage of our van from the hotel that we were staying in. You see the guy entering quietly into our van. It’s just like hard ransom. You know, we had everything we owned in that thing. It’s a bummer. We lost so much, but you know what? It didn’t fucking bring us down because we played the show that night and we’re still on tour. I mean, we were riding around with EVERGREEN TERRASSE for a while and I AM GHOST have been helping us out. We’ve been playing on all those guys equipment. You know, you have to adjust to new equipment. I don’t know, I guess, no one cares. I mean obviously we cared about the lost but never had a thought of cancelling. So, we ended up buying a van in Boston. And Jake had a van registered in Massachusetts. You know, we just try to keep going on. It just kind of fun you know. We are a punk rock band right now. We’re nine dudes traveling around in a handicap van. And hum! Its cool man you know. I mean, you deal with what you got to deal with and live on. I mean, I’m glad we are still on tour because if we were at home, I think we’d be sitting around and thinking about the lost. We are happy that we are on tour, we are happy that so many people are coming out to support the band.
[Max W]: I saw on STRUNG OUT’s website that you consider Montreal like a great city for shows. So what do you think of Montreal and what do you think that you are going to do during your stay?
[Jordan]: I don’t know, nothing (laughs).
[Max W]: Just chilling?
[Jordan]: I’m hanging out. We are playing a rock show and whatever happens happens. I mean, we’ve been coming to Montreal since, you know, early 1995. So it’s always been a great city for us to come to as well as most of Canada. You know, everywhere in Canada has been great for us, so we will keep on coming.
[Max W]: You guys have a video for the song Calling. Do you plan to make a new video for that album or…?
[Jordan]: Not really. I don’t know. Maybe we will or maybe we won’t. You know, it’s not something that we are constantly thinking of. You know, we’re not a band that does tons of videos. I did hear that Much Music was playing the video quite of bit and that Musique Plus was doing the same as well, I think so. That’s cool. All that type of stuff helps but, it’s definitely something that is not on my mind right now.
[Max W]: So you guys prefer making music and doing shows rather than the other stuffs that comes along with this?
[Jordan]: Yeah! I mean, if we check out our career, we made three videos in our thirteen, fourteen years or whatever. So, you know, we have a video for Mind of my Own, we have a video for Analog and we have a video for Calling. That’s all, three videos in fourteen years (laughs). That’s not much, mean to us.
[Max W]: That was interesting. So thanks for your time.
[Jordan]: Ok, thanks