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Sean Michael Coale: How's the tours been going?
Adam Jackson: "Fucking awesome
man, it's been totally different crowds for us,
totally different scene. Like the first tour we went
out on with Kittie and Candiria. We got to play in
front of like NuMetal crowd or a mainstream crowd.
It's crazy cause these kids have never heard hardcore
before or they've never seen like a show like that.
So, it's pretty cool. The Soulfly crowd is totally
open to what we're doing, and they really except us.
For us, 3 years ago hardcore bands wouldn't be on
tours like this. I mean hardcore bands are on fucking
Ozzfest. I think it's cool in a lot of ways and you
know I enjoy it."
SMC: Yeah the first time I saw
you was at Hellfest 01, so it was cool to see you
guys made it thru all that time.
AJ: "Yeah, we took a long time
get our heads together and write a record we could
be proud of, and that we'd wanna take on the road.
You know we did that got our shit together, got
signed to Ferret. When we started the new record
we brought back some original members to the band,
and whenever you swap line ups, it's like a completely
new relationship, as far as writing and even just
hanging out, it changes everything. So a lot of bands
are usually like 'fuck it, let's rush in and write a
new record.', when they switch members and you can
hear it in the music. So what we did was write a
fuck load of songs, see what we like and jam out
and really chemistry without forcing it. So it
SMC: How was it attempting to
stay away from the Killswitch Engage sound?
AJ: "That's funny, 'cause a lot
of people...I'll read a review and Twelve Tribes
sound like KSE. No Way! That's one of things we
concentrated on doing, every band is doing that
throwback 80's Swedish metal thing. You know I like
Iron Maiden, I do not wanna be them, and a lot of
bands are just like hmm it sells, it's cool and
whatever but I don't know those kinda trends. When
you're in a scene like hardcore music is I feel like
it's totally going against what hardcore is about,
hardcore is about self expression and artistic
expression and to kinda mimic another band it
doesn't really make sense to me. When you're sitting
in a basement writing music, it's good to have
influences but it's not good to be an imitation. We
have tons of influences but it goes back further
than what's going on now. I mean sure Killswitch is
in there but we've got like Bloodlet and Helmet,
old Pantera stuff. I would hate for someone to put
on my record and say that these guys sound like
such and such. That's how you wanna be identified,
you wanna be your own. I mean it's cool if you're
a hardcore band or a metalcore band or you're into
this. It's good to have a foundation."
SMC: Well, while we're on it,
how do you feel about Metalcore?
AJ: "It kinda falls into what
we've been talking about. Same just mess. I think
it's cool, that there is a scene for it out there,
but the moment MTV gets a hold of something it's no
longer a scene."
SMC: We'll ok, let's go with
Soulfly. I know Max likes to have his free form jam
towards the end of his show. I saw you up there, are
you gonna try to do any free stylin' or just play
AJ: "Yeah, we talked about, well
not free stylin' but we talked about doing a Bad
Brains cover, which would be really cool. I think
we're gonna do 'I Against I'. Like Crisis drops off
the tour in a couple of days and after they do that
we're gonna do a Bad Brains song together. That will
be fucking great, I mean I love those guys, I think
they're fucking awesome. I appreciate him taking
SMC: So, how has the year in
total been for you guys. I think you played here at
Metalfest and then didn't you play Hellfest too?
AJ: "No, we didn't do Hellfest,
we were on tour with Kittie. We played Metalfest and
then came back here with Kittie when they combined
with the Machine Head tour, which was awesome.
We didn't do Hellfest, but this year been amazing,
we did the Ferret tour with Zao which was awesome.
and we got to hang out with a lot of Ferret bands
like Misery Signal, Remembering Never, Scarlet,
and it's cool getting to tour with bands on your
label, you all have a mutual respect it's not
competitive, it's not anything. You really feel
like a family vibe for those kinda guys. The Kittie
tour, going on tour with a band like Candiria is an
educational experience. I mean those guys are cool,
36 Crazyfists and Kittie were fucking amazing and
here we are now."
SMC: How many more dates do you
have with Soulfly, and do you have anything else
planned for after this?
AJ: "We got 10 more dates and
then we're working on a couple of things, like going
out with E Town Concrete, Diecast, and All Else Fails,
and then were going to Europe later in the year."
TOP 5 Albums
1. Bloodlet - "Entheogen"
2. Bob Marley - "Burnin'"
3. LP - "Fantastic Damage"
4. Sizzla - "Story Unfolds"
5. Twelve Tribes - "Rebirth of Tragedy"