Interview - Jimmy Bower
The AbsolutMetal staff finds Bower hangin' out
on the sidewalk at MA Metalfest
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Jimmy: "Ok, first
off, where's the Zanax?"
Sam: Hey Steve, that's your department
Steve: Ahhh, that's back home
Jimmy: "Oh, come on.."
Sean: Actually, I've got something
a little better than that
(Editor's note: The next few seconds aren't being printed
to protect...um...our asses)
Sean: What's going on with Down right
Jimmy: "We're workin' on a DVD, we're
gonna be gettin' the internet site to where all our fans
are able to buy merchendise off the site, we're constantly
working on trying to get that better. Just kinda takin' a
break with it (Down) right now man, we did alot of work
with Down last year and Superjoint, I think this year is
the year of the Joint, you know? Superjoint deserves a
good year worth of touring ya know? It's basically what
Sean: I just wanted to know, there's
all this crap printed about the different projects with
Jimmy: "Oh man, the media...I mean,
no offense to you guys I mean, but the major magazines..."
Sean: Haha, I know, but we don't make
any money off it so we're not really the media yet...
Jimmy: "The major media, the major
magazines, and stuff you know, I do interviews with them
and they wanna know 'what's up with Pantera breaking up?'
It's like dude, I'm not Phil man, you know? You're asking
the wrong dude. They think 'cause I'm his friend that I
know or something, I don't know."
Sean: They need to schedule interviews
with him and find out what's going on
Sam: Everybody misquotes him too...
Jimmy: "But I mean, man, alot of us
have gone through some pretty big personal changes in the
past year, personal changes that'll all work out towards
the better. Fuckin' you can't deny that, you know? And
man, we're ready to rock right now dude, we sound tight
right now man, we're gonna fuckin' stroll on in there..."
Sean: How much heavier is the new
Jimmy: "Disgusting, it's killer man"
Sean: You still got the Black Flag..
Sean: Slayer-type groove goin'?
Jimmy: "Phil even goes way more off
on the vocals, he's talkin' n' shit, all kinda Bin Laden
shit man, dude, he went all out, it's awesome."
Sean: Nice, he still has his regimine
of drinking heavily before every show?
Jimmy: "Ah, a little bit"
Sean: You've gotta love the rants
Jimmy: "Oh yeah, ah, I love his
rants man, I mean, gives me a good time to smoke a joint
inbetween fuckin' songs n'shit"
Sean: We've got one bootleg of you
guys and you're all goin' off while he's trying to rant
and he's like...
Jimmy: (Phil voice) "Shut the fuck
Sean: 'Ok, Bonham'
Jimmy: "Right, right..."
Sam: All givin' you shit
Jimmy: "Oh, he throws sticks at me,
he's thrown microphones at my drumset and shit, like
'shut up!'. He likes it to be quiet so he can talk you
know? and I just get bored and I go (makes drum noises)
or something you know? it's all in good fun."
Sam: You guys still have a whole
bunch of songs writen for Down...?
Jimmy: "We've got alot of tapes
with some pretty good fuckin' ideas on 'um. We've got
a couple of acousical things that we've done, we did
a 'Stone The Crow' acoustic thing. We still want to do
this acoustic record you know, which to me would be
Sean: Actually, you were telling me
something at Ozzfest about a solo project?
Jimmy: "I'm gonna do it, yeah, I'm
just trying to find the time to do it. I wanna do like
(hums 'Doob Interlude' off Down II) on the record."
Sean: Yeah, what was the name of
the song, you told me one of the names from the Down
album, that you wanted to go in that direction
Sam: That jam thing, the 60's 70's
Jimmy: "That thing that I did on a
4 track? Yeah, I did that on a 4 track, I played
Sam: Yeah, it sounds like it's
coming out of a car radio
Jimmy: "Right, right, right, yeah,
so I mean, that's the kind of 4 track stuff I do. I
forget what I wanted to call it, I don't even remember
now, I don't even know what it's called on the record,
I think it's called...is it like a break or something?
Something to do with a break and a thing or something..."
Sam: It's like 'Doob something'
Jimmy: "'Doob Interlude'"
Sam: Yeah, that's it
Jimmy: "But if I end up with a
record that I'm gonna do it's gonna be alot like that,
'cause I can't sing and I might talk some shit or
Sean: Speaking of 'Doob Interlude'
who did drink Pepper's Koolaid?
Jimmy: "Oh, I don't know, he pulled
that shit out of his ass at the last minute, I had no
idea what he was saying...threw my bass drum in the
fuckin' swimming pool...crazy dude, crazy"
Sean: How's the planning going for
the Danzig 'Blackest Of The Black' fest?
Jimmy: "Oh, you mean future dates?"
Sean: Yeah, yeah
Jimmy: "We talked to him about doing
it, Superjoint and Danzig"
Sean: Is it gonna be a full tour?
Jimmy: "I would hope so, he was
talking to us about doing a world tour, and we were like
dude, let's do it man. Superjoint and Danzig, we'll
fuckin' kill 'um man, we'll kill 'um, destroy everybody,
fuck, let's do it. So if that can happen, it would be
very cool, if not, fuckin' we'll figure something else
out. We just try and stay busy, that's our main focus."
Sean: You're a busy motherfucker
Jimmy: "Hey, you die sooner or
later, so...live fast, die young. I don't know what
could happen to me man, I could contract something
Sam: So Eyehategod is still going
on, you're just takin' a break from it?
Jimmy: "Yeah man, I mean Eyehategod
is a band plauged with rumors ya know? It's stupid, and
it's like man, I mean they were upset with me because I
was touring alot and couldn't really squeeze any
Eyehategod shit in, but I mean, we've also talked about
that personally at home, you know. Like when people take
that wrong you know and you can be stupid with it and
stuff like that. The bond between the guys in Eyehategod
are closer than the fuckin' Congress and Senate ya know?
You can't break it, you can't break us up...you can't
break that shit up."
Sean: Are there any bands that you're
really lookin forward to seeing here?
Jimmy: "Meshuggah, 'cause I spent
alot of time with them at Ozzfest, I wanna see DRI
tonight, Bongzilla in a couple minutes, Lamb Of God
tomorrow night. I've known Randy for 10 years and I've
never seen his band"
Sean: oh, they're great live
Sam: yeah, sick...Opeth?
Jimmy: "Yeah, I've never really
heard much of Opeth but I wanna check them out, Shadows