Hi there. Congratulations to your new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
Thankyou. So far the few reviews i have found have been very good. Many people are just hearing about us for the first time and have not heard the previous cds so there have been very few comparisons with the older material.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
If not for the fans and the critics, i dont think we ever would have recorded another cd after our demo. we had no idea it would be as popular as it was and as everyy cd has been since. We set out to record some songs just in an effort to see if anyone still appreciated good music, and the answer was YES!
What happened to David Taylor?
David worked tirelessly for many years without a break to keep playing shows and writing and recording new music, however after the 9-11 attacks he decided it was time to devote himself completely to his family. It was a decision that we whol heartedly support him in. We remain good freinds and see one another often.
And how did you come in contact with Chaz Bond?
Chaz is from the band Biogenesis. I have a freind who ran a small record label and she was interested in his band. She played their demo for me and i encouraged her to sign therm. This led to a mutual freindship with our bands and folowed with a short topur in the summer of 01. Later4 after david left and Biogenesis was having trouble with their lineup as well, we asked Chaz to come and try out for our vocal slot. He was very happy to try out and really impressed us.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
1989, Jon Gary James and I begin rehearsing and writing. We worked as a 4 piece for about a year till a freind of our met David and reccomended that we hear him sing. The band conitinued for about3 more years with original members leaving one at a time till the mid 90s when only Gary and David remained. Gary and david wanted to record some songs they wrote and called Jon and i and a few old friends to get together and rehearse and prepare to record. after the demo was recorded the bass player left and was replaced by original member James.
The demo was picked up by an independent music distributer. Soon we were receiveing calls and letters from European magazines and radio stations asking for interviews. We also caught the attention of several record labels. Eventually signing with Metalblade. We releaesd a self titled CD in 2000, followed by Theater of war in 01 and now Drama of the ages.
What are the differences between "Drama of the ages" and "Theater of War" in your opinion?
The biggest difference for me was working with another guitar player on the writing and recording. On ToW, I wrote most of the guitar parts and recorded almost all of the guitars as well. On Drama each song has Jons inspration woven thoroughout. If i had to record the songs without him the album would have sounded very different. The fact that there was really only one guitarist on theater of war probabl;y lends to the stripped down feeling of the cd.
What are the reasons for these differences?
Jon has his own perspectives on how he should apprach playing the guitar and it is very different than mine. Which is good. It makes for a distinctive two guitar sound to the band.
Is there a message in "Drama of the ages"?
Drama speaks to the fact that we could be living in the last days of mankind on earth and that a day will come when we will have to answer for how we lived aour lives.
My favourite is "Victory". Can you tell us something about this song and it's history?
Vicotory was the second song we wrote for the cd, right after Drama of the ages. I wanted to write a song that clerarly expressed the purpose and vision of Jacobs dream.
And what about "Drowning man"?
Drowning man was written while my wife and i were helping a family member break away from alcohol and cocaine adcition. It was a very difficult time. It led me to examine my self and how i dealt with addiction in my own life.
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
I have several favorites, the first would be Forever Winter though. I am a fan of C.S. Lewis writing and have often used his imagry in songs. This is no exception .
How and why did you choose the album cover?
The art depicts the band logo in a state of resurection or new birth. This cd is like a new birth for Jacobs Dream.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
I think Drowning man is the most personal song i have ever written. It was hard to reveal parts of my soul that are usually hidden and somewhat painful but for the purpose of giving hope to someone else who might be suffering.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
Everyone one and everything!
What about the recording process of your new album? Any stories or curiosities to report?
We learned alot very quickly.We not anly recorded in our own studio but we built the studio as well. I learned that when installing wiring you should always buy for more than you can imagine you will ever need, in that case you might have barely enough to finish the job!
How would you describe your own music?
Its hard to think of a way withiut resorting to cliches and other people words. Perhaps, Emotions and dreams set to music.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
There are so many bands that have played good hard rock and metal of the past years that i repect but very few new bands seem to have the zeal or vision or even a clue what real metal is anymore.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
6 degrees of inner turbulnece by Dream theater, The new Fates warning. And an acoustic guitar duo called Moments of Inertria. I have met the guys from moments fo inertia and they are as wonderful people as they are musicians.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
I haven seen any national acts play for some time but i see local bands play almost evey week. Ususally only punk or new metal bands though. Not much to see in the vein of true metal in my town.
What makes the difference between Jacobs Dream and other US Metal bands?
Uncomprimising dedication to our art as we see it. We give 100% when writing, recording and preforming. Sometimes we dont always measure up to the best we have done in the past but sometimes we exceed as well.
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: Where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like?
I am very much into the underground scene, I book shows quite often and am always looking for melodic and heavy bands who take music serioulsy. One of my favorite local bands is a young band called the Pledge, they are cross of metal and punk and have one of the best live shows i have ever seen from high school aged guys.
What about the US Metal Scene in general? Do you know some bands, and if so, is there friendship, rivalry or more or less nothing special?
There is a lot more comradery and networking among bands now than 10 or 20 years ago. I still find some bands who consider themselves rockstars and worthy of some special treatment but most young bands are humble, helpful and grateful.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
Playing live is the only way we can reall see how our music will effect people. When somone buys a cd and takes it home and listens, they may or may not enjoy it, and we may never know. But when we perform live, it is immediately visible how the people react.
Any last words?
Thanks for the chance to talk with you. Stay True!