Job For A Cowboy will be releasing their new album, “Demonocracy”, on April 10th via Metal Blade Records. I am not alone in saying that it’s the best CD ever from the band and I’m excited to hear the fans response next month. “Demonocracy” brings togeter everything that the band has to offer and I can’t wait to hear the new stuff live! Last week I got to speak with vocalist Jonny Davy about the new record, the writing process, touring, the new members and more!
Check out the interview below and be sure to pre-order “Demonocracy” now!
“Demonocracy” is coming out on April 10th and everything about this album is exceptional! From songwriting to lyrics to the musicianship, it’s without a doubt the most complete and diverse record that Job For A Cowboy has ever written. Do you agree with that?
I would definitely agree with that statement. Thank you for saying that. That’s awesome to hear. But yea, we are super stoked and proud of this record man. With the amount of time we had to put this CD together, we are really happy with how it came out and glad that other people are enjoying it as well.
The thing that jumps out to me with this record is the guitar work on each song. It’s definitely more guitar based than anything Job For A Cowboy has ever done. Was that the plan in writing the new material or did it just happen that way?
No, that wasn’t the plan at all actually. We are just kind of going with the flow when writing the record. We never sat down and said we need to write a more technical record, a heavier record, or anything like that. We kind of just told each other that we should write whatever we want to write and let if flow, and that’s just how it turned out ya know. It did turn out to be a super technical record, but with more story telling than anything we’ve ever done before, so I think all around it’s a great record and we love it.
You worked with Jason Seucof at Audiohammer Studios again, as you did with “Ruination” and the “Gloom” EP. Why did you choose to work with him again? Why do you two work so well together?
Jason is just a badass man. It’s really fun working with him in the studio and he always seems to get the best out of us. When we go out there we have the mindset that’s he the sixth member of the band ya know, because we respect his opinion so much. We just click with Jason, more than with anyone else we’ve ever worked with before, so that’s why we continue to go back there.
You released “Nourishment Through Bloodshed” and “Black Discharge” already to the world, and like I said before, there isn’t a bad song on this record. So was there any specific reasoning on why you released those songs first?
Thanks man, yea there was a lot of arguing involved on what songs should be released first. We all have our favorites so it was definitely a difficult choice. Those two songs were “collectively” the closest to our agreed favorites, so that was the main reason behind releasing them first to everyone. It was a tough choice for sure though.
I wanted to ask you about the last song, “Tarnished Gluttony”, because usually your songs have been 3-5 minutes long and this one is over six minutes and features basically every style of metal in one track. Are you guys trying to make a statement with this track because it’s definitely a more diverse sounding track than you’ve ever done? How did that song come about?
We always like to throw one song on a record that is a little different, but I agree with you, this is a more diverse song than we’ve ever done. I don’t really considering it making a statement, but more of showing our progression as a band. It’s funny, after Bobby quit the band, he actually offered to help write that song, so it is kind of Bobby’s last input for the band as a whole, so that was really cool. I’m glad you dig that song because that’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s pretty awesome and I’m really proud of it!
Right now you are on the Metal Alliance tour and you’ll be heading out on the Summer Slaughter tour in a few months. Having never been on this tour before, what are you most looking forward to with the Summer Slaughter run?
I just can’t wait to hang out with old friends man. We are great friends with Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, pretty much all of the bands (laughs). It’s going to be a blast. It’ll be like a summer camp full of metal and we can’t wait to start that tour. It’s just going to be one big party and we are stoked that we are going to be part of it.
As with the Metal Alliance Tour, the Summer Slaughter tour will feature a shorter set from you guys than you are used to, so how many new tracks can we expect to hear on the summer tours?
Who knows man! It really depends on how good the reaction is from the fans ya know. So far it’s been super positive, so I can definitely see us playing more than two new songs. I wish I could give you a definite answer, but if it were up to me, we would definitely play more of the newer stuff because I love playing it.
Next year marks ten years since you started this band. With the recent additions to the band, do you feel you finally got the lineup you always wanted and envisioned for the band?
Absolutely. I’m not even going to lie. This is exactly what I’ve always wanted. I think at this point with the new members, if any one of them leaves, then it’ll be the end of Job For A Cowboy.
Why is that?
It just feels really good to be in this band right now. When Brent and Bobby were in the band, the morale was not that high and the vibe wasn’t as positive as I wanted it to be. Right now, everything is just so positive with the band and I can’t imagine playing with any other guys. We’re having a lot of fun right now, we got a killer record coming out, and we got some huge tours lined up so I couldn’t be happier than I am right now.
That’s really great to hear man. I’ll let ya go get ready for the show, but do you have anything left you’d like to say to the fans out there?
Yea, just thanks for all the support throughout the years. Go pick up “Demonocracy” next month, because like I said, we are super proud of the record and really think that everyone will enjoy it. Thanks as always and we will see you out on the road.