Heart of Steel: Interviews


Interview with guitarist Mark Briody

Interviewed in February 2004 by EvilG

Thanks to Nick for the transcription

Live Jag Panzer pictures by by Ice Maiden except Muscle car pic
and live pic of Chris Broderick courtesy of Century Media.

 

First I want to talk about your new 2-CD album, Decade of the nail spiked bat. The obvious question, and the one that youīve no doubt been asked a lot, is: why the title? Where'd it come from?

Well, its comes from the lyrics to the song "Licensed to kill", which was the opening track for Ample destruction. Actually, it was the only old song that we consistently played all the time live throughout the whole bandīs career. I think itīs in the first or second verse that Harry says "Feel the nails of my baseball bat"… feel the nails or the spikes or something! So we thought that would be a cool title.

And why "decade"? Itīs been more than a decade for the band, right!?

Well, all the songs were written within a decade. Thatīs the part that confuses everybody.

 

 

I assume the primary impetus for doing this has been the ongoing problem with being able to re-release Ample destruction. Or am I not assuming correctly?

Yeah, youīre assuming totally correctly. Had we been able to re-release it, we probably wouldnīt have come out with this. I donīt wanna lessen the quality of it by saying this, Iīm just being honest. Had we been able to come out with that, we would never have done this.

 

 

Can you tell me a little bit about the song selection beyond the songs from Ample destruction?

That was kinda a lot tougher than I thought it was gonna be. We actually asked all the band members to pick the setlist. So we got everybodyīs lists and we all agreed on about 15 of them. The final five though was kinda tough though. We basically couldnīt agree among the band members so we asked anybody I could think of, fans or journalists or road crew, we even asked people at the record company, "what songs do you wanna hear"? So we finally got a consensus of all those people and then we were able to come up with the last five. But we didnīt necessarily pick our favorite songs. Thereīs a few songs there that I donīt like at all but they have historical significance within the band so we thought they should be on there.

So did the band have a bit of a vote, like every member said ok and come to an agreement?

I told everybody to e-mail me their lists. Then I started asking people "What do you think about doing this song?" because thatīs something I want to do and I started to get a feel about what people thought about some of these other tracks. But the first 15 were easy, you know, there was a definite agreement on the first 15.

 

 

Was everybody, the band and your label, into doing this project from the very beginning?

Yeah, I think the label were more into doing it than us. You know, it was fun recording it and everything but itīs sort of a step backwards creative wise to play something that you wrote that long ago. But once we got into it, it was fun, so we didnīt regret it or anything. But itīs certainly not like doing a new studio album.

 

 

What was it like to go back to some of the songs, was there any re-leaning like "How did we play this?"

I ended up being pretty disappointed by how poorly we played back then. I thought it would be pretty easy figuring out these songs. I though "Iīll put the album on and weīll just play along". What I found was a lot of mistakes on the old songs, terrible timing. Some of them were so bad that I had to dig out old rehearsal tapes to refer to them and try to figure out our intent. Like "Was it really supposed to be hitting that note there, because itīs NOT the right note?" And sometimes it ended up being a mistake on the album and at other times we were playing the wrong note all the time.

So the wrong way became the right way?

Yeah!

 

 

In places in your liner notes of the album, you mention how something about the original recording might have bothered you and that now youīve been able to fix ( for lack of a better word) some of the things and mistakes or whatever. You mention for example a harmony guitar part for one of the songs...

Yeah.

So when you listen back to the originals now, do you cringe and want to listen to your new re-recorder versions?

Yeah, some of the originals just have… Thereīs just a few parts of them where I just go "What were we thinking?" or "How did we possibly let that slide?" or "Why did we think that was cool?". We fixed everything that really annoyed me.

 

 

Are you the type of person who actually can listen to your own music? Or is it like once a year you can put it on out of interest?

Very few things I can listen to. I can really listen to Thane to the throne. I can listen to that a LOT and I can really enjoy that. Sometimes Mechanized warfare. And most of the other material, no not really. Maybe one or two songs off The fourth judgement. I canīt really get into listening to The age of mastery at all and I donīt really listen to a lot of the older material. I donīt really listen to the new one, "Spiked bat", much either.

Youīve heard enough already?

Yeah. I try to listen as a fan and try to detach myself from the musician and if I was a fan, I think I would enjoy Thane to the throne much more than any of the other ones.

 

 

Sound and production values for recordings have changed a lot since some of this material has been recorded, obviously. So with that in mind, did you try to capture somewhat of a retro or nostalgic feel on the album overall?

Yeah, definitely. You know, the first thing we did initially was, we thought "OK, letīs make these songs like new Jag Panzer songs". But when we tried that, we really ended up changing almost the whole song so really it was pointless. So plan B was trying to make it sound like an 80īs recording, which was hard to do, because analogue recording is really really expensive nowadays. Itīs this little niche market and itīs way too expensive for us. So we had to use digital technology to try and make it sound like an 80īs analogue recording. That took a lot of trial and error to try and go for that.

And even the artwork, everything about it is nostalgic, I guess you could say.

Yeah, yeah, we wanted every detail, even the way we did the photo, you know, letīs do it with a classic muscle car because that was much more common in the 80īs than it is now. The cover WAS done in the 80īs as well.

Is the car owned by one of you guys?

No, thatīs owned by a friend of ours. Actually, he puts that car in car shows and itīs worth a lot of money. I was really surprised that he let us lean all around it for some photos.

 

The vocals on here seem to be a little lower in the mix than on some of your recent studio albums. Was that deliberate or does that,  to you, represent what an older sounding record might be like?

Harry wanted to go in a little different direction with the mix. He wanted it too be a little quieter and almost no effects, which is not the way I would personally like to mix the vocals. But I think itīs really cool that a vocalist would have enough confidence in his voice to go for that, because that really makes your voice sound bare. Thatīs what he wanted and it is different for us, so we thought "OK, letīs give it a try". His voice will not be mixed that way on the next studio record though.

 

 

How about the lead guitar situation? Did you  tell Chris (Broderick) to play it like it was originally or did you just say "Do what you want"?

Definitely "Do what you want", because I looked back at the leads Joey (Tafolla) was doing back then. Joey was really working to push the limit and he was really working hard on doing some intense leads. That was definitely the spirit of the lead guitar playing back then. It was going all out and trying to do some cool impressive leads, so thatīs what I told Chris to do, "Why donīt you just go all out and play whatever you want? Play it really fast and just go for it!"

So he didnīt bother to try to learn any of the parts?

Naaah!

And in reference to that, has there been any feedback from Joey regarding this recording?

I havenīt heard any really. We didnīt leave on anything close to good terms so… I havenīt heard from him. Iīm not sure I would pick up the phone if I saw his name on the caller ID. I really donīt have anything to say to him.

 

 

Since "Decade" marks the 20th anniversary of the band, how do you feel about how the music industry has changed over these 20 years, specifically with metal's place in the industry and how it is now as opposed to when you guys were a young band?

The industry always sucks. The industry is about so much more than the music, which is unfortunate. Iīm not a big fan of the music industry…AT ALL. I think the Internet is a big change, but thatīs more of a change I think from a fan point of view. From a fan point of view, itīs HUGE. I can download songs and listen to any band I want, so thatīs great. But from a performing musician's point of view I guess itīs kind of a pain in the ass that people can just download your songs and burn copies of your album. I guess I'm straying from the question! The actual music industry still sucks. It sucked back then, it sucks today.

Does it suck as much today or does it suck a little less today?

I think it sucks MORE today. I donīt know, it might be because Iīm in more of a position to see things and I know that "wow, if someone would just motivate five percent more it would help me immensely" and then you donīt see it happening. So my frustration level now is much higher than it was back then.

 

 

What plans exist so far for the next album. Do you have any ideas on what direction it might take or anything else to share about it?

Weīre scheduled to go in the studio at the and of April now, with a September release in mind. The direction it takes, I think… I havenīt heard what Chris is working on yet, but I talk to him every week or so and heīs told me his material is quite a bit faster, which is cool. Mine is… I guess the stuff Iīve been writing is a lot like the Mechanized warfare material. Itīs sort of in the same vein.

 

Do you and Chris ever write together or doe you just do your songs and bring them to the band and go over them together like that?

Yeah, we do it separately and bring it to the band. I donīt work well writing with people, because I write my music in layers so I might have a part where itīs just one guitar chord held for four bars while the bass is doing something cool underneath or thereīs a vocal build up or something. I have it all in my head, but when Iīm writing with somebody and I say "OK, hereīs what Iīm doing there: one chord" and like "WHAT? Youīre just gonna play one chord there? Letīs do something different." So my song ideas, they tend not to… You canīt really grasp them unless I do everything and I demo everything myself. Then I present the whole demo and them people get what's going on.

Do you demo with like drums and bass yourself?

Yeah, my initial songwriting is I demo everything. Then Iīll get Harry involved and then it'll be us two and then we usually do another demo with everybody before the final recording.

Do you use a drum machine for your own demo recordings?

Yeah. I can just do a basic beat, thatīs probably all Iīll ever really need.

 

 

How many songs have you put together so far or has it gotten that far yet?

It hasnīt gotten that far yet. I have a bunch of riffs down in the computer. Iīll just plug my guitar in and lay anything down thatīs been going through my head. Iīve got to put them together and sorta piece them into songs and work on that. Iīm still really busy on the Iced Earth DVD so thatīs definitely taking up a lot of my time.

 

 

As for Jag Panzer, are the any plans for a live album or even better yet, a pro-shot live DVD?

You know, I wanna do that. Itīs really totally in Century Mediaīs court. I mean, weīre gonna be in Europe in September. Weīre gonna be headlining. Weīre gonna go places where we draw fairly large crowds. So I sent them a proposal thing, "Can we do a live album in Europe? We should film it professionally." You know, I havenīt heard back, which is not a good sign.

This September tour will be for the next album then?

Yeah, the next album will come. I think the idea is for the album to come out right when the tour starts.

 

 

Will there by any other touring or just some festival things for "The decade…" album?

Yeah, just some festival type things. We have the… I think itīs called Sun N' Steel… I donīt know what itīs called, we have that Florida festival next month.

Yeah, I saw the news item with that. Any other big things coming up in terms of playing gigs?

No, I think thatīs it. Some of my other band mates are doing some gigs with Ballistic. I donīt know if Chris might be doing things with other people too, I donīt know.

 

 

 

In terms of all your albums, which one has been the most successful commercially, and which one do you consider artistically to be the greatest achievement?

The most commercially successful is Mechanized warfare. In fact, every album weīve done has been the most successful. Except for this one, except for "The decade…", but we knew thatīs more of a limited appeal thing. But among the studio releases, "Mechanized…" is absolutely the biggest seller. Artistically I gotta go with Thane to the throne I think. We did a lot of really creative things there. I think theyīre real subtle, a lot of people donīt pick up on that they are there. I really like that record a lot.

 

 

What happened to the live EP? There was some talk about it earlier...King Fowley has a label and he was supposed to release a live EP?!

Yeah we wanted to. King asked "You guys wanna do a live ep?" and I said "Sure", but I told him I didnīt think Century Media would go for it. I asked Century Media and they said "Yeah, thatīll be no problem, you can do it". And then some people changed at the label and you get new people in and new ideas. Then Century Media backed out of that and said "You gotta do a record on the label youīre signed to."

And you canīt dictate that you want your next album to be live as opposed to a studio album can you?

No, I wish I could. I donīt have that kinda pull.

 

 

You just mentioned a second ago about Ballistic. It was just recently reported that Harry has actually joined the band. Iīm just wondering how you feel about that and do you think it will have any impact on what Jag Panzer is able to do or anything?

I actually try to really push my band members to do as much stuff like that as possible. Like Rikardīs (Stjernquist) double bass which was really good to begin with I think, is just outstanding now from doing Ballistic, which is like double bass all the time. And just any experience for Harry… Iīve noticed that Harryīs a different singer with Jag Panzer. Heīs gotten stronger just because he was doing his Iron Maiden tribute band. So he could do it in a tribute band, so I kept trying to push him to do something else just so he can keep singing all the time. So I think this will be really good for him. He really needs to sing a lot, it really helps his voice.

 

 

Approximately how much downtime do you think the band has for a year, when youīre not either writing or thinking about the next album or tour for Jag Panzer?

Oh, itīs probably a ton. Ten months. Cause weīre usually in the studio a month and we tour a month and the rest of the time… I need the rest of the time to write songs and to do things. So if the other guys are doing side projects, thatīs great. I mean, theyīre not calling me up saying "Whatīs going on? How come nothing is going on? When are we gonna hear a song? Complain, complain, complain!"

 

 

What is up - or what is NOT up - with jagpanzer.com? That site hasnīt been updated a whole lot.

Thereīs actually a whole new site that was done by a guy named Zac Schaffer. Heīs no relation to Jon Schaffer, just has the same last name really. A very talented artist out of Los Angeles. Heīs about 95 percent done with the completely new version of the website. Iīve got to send him a few more things and then heīll get it up. So itīs actually my fault that itīs not up now. Thereīs a few pieces of art so once I get him that, and heīs certainly getting it this week, then that will be up and you will be able to buy Jag Panzer shirts from our website then.

Will you be selling the longsleeve with the JP symbol on it?!?

Thereīs actually a new version of that. Itīs really, really… Itīs the same kinda shirt but… Itīs hard to describe, itīs better looking. Itīs really close to the same thing but itīs better looking now.

Is it still white on black or is it full colour?

Itīs black with white. Itīs got the sickle but itīs sorta in a circle now and itīs log the logo around in the circle. We also did red shirts like that but Iīm still not sure if I can sell them because the colour scheme is a little Third Reich looking. I know a lot of musicians and bands so Iīve been asking a lot of people "What do you think about these shirts?" They look really cool and itīs tough because Iīm getting half and half responses. Some people tell me, you know, "You canīt sell a shirt like that! Itīs black, white and red and itīs got the insignia. You canīt do it!" And other people tell me, "Thatīs a JP sickle, thatīs not a swastika. Who cares if the colour scheme's the same?" So I donīt know. Iīve got a box of those in my basement that hasn't gone anywhere.

 

 

Have you ever gotten any flak as a result of… You brought up the shirts looking kinda Third Reich, and I know Jag Panzer is from the name of the German tank used in WWII... So has anyone ever said you guys, you know…

Yeah, actually I get about one a month. Sometimes I get letters from guys going "Are you a skinhead band?" and "Are you this kinda band?" No, weīre not. And sometimes I get the opposite one, I get "How can you guys name your name after a Nazi tank?" Itīs a tank, I donīt think itīs like a Nazi tank, itīs just a tank!

The tank itself isnīt a Nazi?

Yeah. I mean if Al-Qaida gets some AK-47:s they donīt all of a sudden become Al-Qaida rifles. I mean, itīs just a tank!

Are you a bit of a history buff or anything?

Yeah, actually Iīm really into that.

World War II or any specific period?

Any period. I just find it really interesting. I thought it was interesting in school but they didnīt teach enough of it so I tried to keep up a little bit on it. I mean, I know some people who are just experts on it. Iīm nowhere near that but I know basic amounts of it I guess. I do enjoy it.

Iīm a bit of a WWII history nut. I love movies and books about that stuff. The European version of world war II anyway. I donīt read so much about the Pacific and the Japanese.

Yeah, it almost seems like a different war.

Yeah, in a way it is....so what else do I have here? You were talking about the DVD, I want to ask you a couple of questions about that. Youīre working on the Iced Earth DVD. Do you have your own company now for doing DVDs or something?

Well, I sort of do I guess. Itīs weird because the past few years my nameīs been getting around here in Colorado and companies have been calling me and having me do video stuff without me having an ad or a business card or anything. Iīll just get a call like "I saw this presentation that you put together for this company and we want this. Can you do something else?" So itīs been sort of growing and getting more elaborate in all the work Iīve been doing. But at the same time my wife decided she wanted to stay home since we got the two young twins. So she decided she didnīt want to work anymore. Well, that lasted for a little while, a month, and then "I wanna do something" and I said, "Ok, why donīt YOU start in the videography business?" She said, "I donīt wanna do that kinda stuff you do." She said, "Iīd like to do weddings and stuff like that." I said, "OK, you do weddings." She actually has a wedding videography company with a full website and business cards and promotional material, I mean, sheīs got all that stuff. So sheīs busier than I am with that, sheīs doing weddings every weekend and everything. But I do my own thing, like the Iced Earth DVD, using all the same equipment and everything. Itīs just… I hope Iīm making sense, since it really confuses ME sometimes!

 

Yeah, so the Iced Earth DVD, I know this is not an Iced Earth interview, but youīre the guy working on it, so perhaps just for the people who do like Iced Earth, which is probably many a Jag Panzer fan… How far along is it and what kinda stuff are you putting into it?

Itīs real historical.

Itīs called "Gettysburg" is it?

Yeah. The beginning of the piece is sort of a lead up to Gettysburg, as is the song on The glorious burden. Itīs in three parts and the initial part is the lead up. Jon wanted the whole piece to be lots of history and lots of things so the viewers increase their interest in Gettysburg and want to learn about it. So thatīs the direction the videoīs going. You know, youīre not gonna see the band playing live for 20 minutes and the whole thing. Itīs a lot of maps and documents and old photos. But it has a metal edge to it, it doesnīt quite look like something on the History Channel. Itīs a LOT of work though. Iīve got seven computers networked to handle this stuff. Iīve got 1.5 terabytes of video going on for the Iced Earth.

Are you able to back that up?

I have backups of the stuff that makes the final cut. Iīve just been working on the stainless banner, the white version of the Confederate flag. Iīll do like 20 minutes of it from different angles and just the whole look and everything and ten seconds might make the final video. So those ten seconds will be backed up.

 

How are you able to swing working with Jag Panzer and the DVD? How many hours are in your day?

I work from 5 AM to 10 PM. Every day.

Wow, brutal! You gonna be burnt out in a few years or what?

Probably. Yeah, I havenīt been to a movie theater in a year with the exception of "Return of the King". Other than that I havenīt been to a theater, I donīt really go out to eat, I donīt really do anything fun… Doing "Gettysburg" was fun, that was really cool, but thatīs work too. I wonīt keep this pace up once the DVDīs done. Really itīs a double DVD set, so thereīs a lot to it.

Do you know how much the running time will be roughly?

Itīs gonna be close to four hours. Thereīs a guided tour where Jon Schaffer takes you all around Gettysburg and talks about his experiences on the whole tour there. Thereīs also and interview with Jon with some tough questions and he gives a straight answer to everything. Thereīs the "Gettysburg" video and the other videos are gonna be on there.

 

 

I also noticed that you were working on some guitar instructional DVDs.

Yes.

Can you tell me a bit about it, like who decided the content and are you filming it and doing editing and are you releasing this yourself...etcetera?

It comes out of sort of a need I had myself. I bought all the guitar instructional videos in the 80īs. And almost all of them sucked! Theyīre great players, I mean, the musicianship is fantastic, but so many of them were like "Look at me now! Look at this fast lick!" Either that or they would say, you know, "Here, Iīm gonna teach you how to play this song I wrote." And it was useless for someone like me, who knew how to play the guitar already. I wasnīt a beginner by any stretch, but I wanted to get better. I didnīt really like any of those.

So I just had in my head for years that all these instructional things suck. And one day I actually had a client for a video that had taken lessons from Chris. And this guy was a good musician, heīs a good guitar player and heīs telling me that his playing just got taken to the next level just from lessons with Chris. Coincidentally I ran into this other guy a week later. "I was taking guitar lessons from one of your old guitar players, Christian, and my playing just got so much better." So I talked to both, I talked to Chris in the band and I talked to Christian Lesegue and I asked them about their teaching techniques and what they teach and it was really impressive. These guys are both full time teachers. Theyīre very knowledgeable about music and it sounded like they really had a lot to off so after I did the Jag Panzer DVD I had a handle on how much it costs to do a DVD since I was involved with the production and everything. I talked to both those guys and said "Do you want to do an instructional DVD?" I did some market research just to see. I just cared that I wasnīt gonna LOSE any money and it doesnīt look like I will. I think we film the first one next month. Itīs gonna be good though!

Which one is the first one?

Chris Broderickīs. Your playing will get better from this DVD. Total instruction!

Are you gonna be selling them just through the Jag Panzer site or though Century Media?

Century Media probably will not be interested in this. Iīll sell it on the Jag Panzer site and Iīll probably set up another site. I think Chris has reserved chrisbroderick.com. I think so, he just left a message saying "I reserved a website." Itīs just an assumption that itīs chrisbroderick.com. But itīll be available as an online order.

Some of the sections on your DVD showed Chris playing guitar if I remember correctly.

Yeah, that was actually pretty popular. I got a lot of e-mail from people who really liked that.

I remember watching it and just saying "wow!" You sometimes donīt realize how good someone is sometimes until you hear them alone, whether it be singing, guitar playing, etc.

Yeah, and that was just setting up the camera and having him play.

It wasnīt an instructional…

No!

That would have been like the ones from the 80īs that you mentioned earlier…

Yeah, actually it wouldda been.

 

 

Have you worked with any other bands or people for recording or producing? Or is that something you want to get into, or I guess maybe itīs a better question to ask: Do you even have the time?

I would actually probably suck at that. My whole vision of the way a song should sound and everything, itīs pretty much exactly what Jag Panzer does. Even other peopleīs music that I like, that Iīm really into and I really like the song, thereīs always parts where Iīm going "Nah, I donīt think I would of done that there!" or "I would of changed that". But if all those changes were there, it would have ended up sounding like a Jag Panzer song. Thatīs really a bad trait to have as a producer, so I would be terrible. So if youīre reading this, bands, donīt you ask me, it would be bad!

 

 

Do you guys use Protools and do you think they have allowed some bands who perhaps donīt have the talent to properly record an album now be able to? Or has Protools got a bad rap? Because I know a lot of people have a lot of negative things to say about it but it seems to be a way to get to the end point a lot quicker.

Iīd say itīs a great tool. I personally donīt have it, because I got spoiled by Jim Morrisīs Protools setup, which is just a totally maxed out, completely high-end Proverse and Protools which costs like 50,000 bucks. Iīve played around with more of the regular versions and I keep wanting the really expensive one that I canīt afford. So I donīt have it, but we use it. The last few albums weīve done with Protools. Yeah I think itīs… a lot of bands use Protools probably the wrong way. You can certainly cheat with it, cut and paste your bass drums and make it sound like youīve got monster double bass chops. Thatīs probably not right. That was the cool thing in the 80īs, you really had to get your chops out to get an album out. Because it was so expensive to record, there was really no way to cheat on the drums. So your really had to practice and you really had to have it together before you even attempt an album. Thatīs less today, today it you get something, you can edit it and piece it together to make a record.

Sometimes a band might not be able to play their technical riff more than one time through without screwing it up so now thanks to a program like that I guess they can get it down once and repeat it ten times.

Yeah, Iīve seen bands where - I donīt mean this as a general statement, but I really have seen bands where three fourths of the song is prerecorded. I donīt know, the only thing that comes to my mind is "You canīt play that part." You know, "Why do you have a keyboard player on stage when that really cool and fast keyboard part on the album is prerecorded?" So there are examples of bands who are using the technology wrong, at least in my opinion. But they probably sell more records than Jag Panzer, so theyīd probably tell me Iīm wrong.

Well you know, if you want to go by albums sales then you could say that Britney Spears is very right. It isnīt always what sells.

Thatīs true. I donīt even like it when any bands at any level use their sales to make any kind of point. Itīs totally meaningless to me.

 

 

In terms of people who inspired you to… Can you, like a lot of guitar players, say, itīs a bit of a cliché, "Thanks to Ace Frehley Iīm in a metal band", you hear that a hundred times. Is there anyone you can point out yourself and say "Thanks to this guy or this band, Iīm still doing this today"?

When I was really really young it was definitely Jimmy Page, because he had that whole guitar hero image and Zeppelin with that dark mysterious side to them. When I started playing guitar and going to shows a lot it was probably Ted Nugent because his attitude and everything on stage was so cool. It was so wild and he was just getting off at the wild noises out of his guitar and the feedback… I just went crazy, I was just shocked.

So those would be the main to that got you started?

Yeah, I think so. I saw Ted when I was like 16 at a big festival and I was right up front, I just went "yeeeeah!"

Was that how old you were when you got into the guitar, around 16?

Yeah, I picked it up when I was like 15 and a half. It got serious when I was 16.

And you never tried or bothered to play much lead, you mainly wanted to stick with rhythms?

I played lead on four of the Ample destruction songs and all the "Tyrantīs EP" songs. It just takes so much time to get to that level and Iīd rather spend the time writing songs.

Do you practice leads at all or when you do practice itīs writing riffs or something like that?

Yeah, I donīt practice it at all. Itīs a different mindset and a different approach. I think I could become probably a respectable average metal lead guitarist in about a year if I really tried to. Thereīs no way I could get to be like Chris, but I donīt think Iīd embarrass myself by any means. I think I could play, but itīs just so far down my list of things to do.

Sitting there and playing a scale for three hours straight to get it fast is not your idea of fun or a lot of peopleīs, I guess.

Right.

 

 

I guess my last question would be: What do you think Colorado Avalacheīs chances are of winning the Stanley Cup this year? And if they do win, will you be recording another tribute?

Their chances are pretty much a hundred percent. At any time they lose a game, I usually just chalk it up as extreme luck by the other team. Iīm like the most optimistic Avalanche fan in the whole world. I really see no problems winning the Stanley Cup. Doing another song is probably not gonna happen because the timing is so bad. Weīve got the new studio album coming up so itīs not like weīre gonna have any free time to do that. When we do something like that, I gotta drive the project almost a hundred percent, because no one else is into this. I guess they think itīs cool if thereīs a parade in Denver and they can go check it out or something, but I donīt think any of them could name five guys on the Avalanche. Rikard maybe, but no one else.

Youīre a die-hard follower of the team!?

Oh yeah! I think itīs cool. But I would have to do everything and probably drag everybody into it, so I donīt think itīs gonna happen.

I know that youīve done a couple of songs like that, that youīve released online. You also did a really cool cover of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Is there any other things coming up that youīve been hoping to do or hoping to find time to do?

Yeah, "A Badtime story" from Skyclad, I love that song and I really really think we could do a killer version. Not that their version… Their version is fantastic, I mean, thereīs nothing wrong with their version, itīs great. The violin in that song and the whole approach to the song is really similar to what we do even though that song sounds nothing like Jag Panzer. It just has some elements that I can really identify with. I wanted to do it on the next album but everyone else in the band is not really into that idea. I can go with that. So maybe in the future when we get some more time, thatīs something weīll do.

 

What have you been listening to lately? Any new bands or have you been listening a lot to the staples?

Itīs almost all been The glorious burden. I think itīs a fantastic album so itīs like Iīm listening to it half for my enjoyment and the other half because itīs a project that Iīm working on. Thatīs probably just it, just "The glorious burden".

There hasnīt been any new bands in the past year or so that you heard and has really caught your ear?

Well, Rikard gave me a CD with one of the older Lullacry albums, "Be my god", and I love it. I think itīs really really cool. Except I donīt have it, I have a burned copy of it. Seriously, thatīs the only burned copy of an album that I own. I told century that, I talked to him last week. I said, "Can you, like, get me this album? Because I have a burned copy and I feel kinda creepy having that, because itīs the only one I have." I havenīt seen it yet in the mail. I tried buying it from them before and they kept trying to push the new Lullacry on me and I said "I donīt know if I like the new one, I wanna buy this old one." "You donīt have to buy it." "But I want it, how can I get it?" So itīs like a catch 22. They tell you you donīt have to buy it, then that means you have to wait till they give it to you and they never get around to giving it to you. Then you never get it.


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