Michael Senft of The Arizona Republic recently conducted an interview with JOB FOR A COWBOY singer Jonny Davy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On winning Metal Hammer magazine's Best Underground Band award in June:
"That was wild. The awards show was broadcast live on TV in England, it was cool seeing metal bands being honored on national TV. And we got to meet so many cool bands, like MEGADETH. That was really special for me, since my mom and dad were fans and I grew up listening to them."
On the band's early years:
"We all met in high school when we were about 15 or 16. We just got together in the garage, just the usual high school band. And it just grew from there. Originally we just wanted to play shows for our friends, but we took it a lot further than that."
On getting word out via MySpace:
"MySpace has let bands gain popularity worldwide without even having to tour. But that's a two-edged sword. When we were starting to get all these hits, we were pretty undeveloped. That was the problem — it pushed us a little too far too fast. We developed tremendously between our first EP and 'Genesis'. The sound on the new album turned off some fans."
On touring England while still in their teens:
"We did our own tour last summer, a few weeks, playing to about 300 people a night in clubs. I was going crazy — if I hadn't been in the band I probably never would've gotten to visit London."
On the band's former drummer, Elliott Sellers, who left the band shortly before the group started recording "Genesis" last year (but because they weren't able to find a replacement in time, he stuck around to play on the album):
"That was the most stressful time of my life. The deadline was fast approaching and we were under a lot of pressure to get the album finished. But I think all the stress just focused us more, and made the album better."
On Sounds of the Underground:
"We get in around 2 p.m., play the festival and leave around 10 p.m. for the next show. This whole past year has been a blur. Everything seems to come in lumps and surprises. It's hard to believe — I still tend to think of us as that (expletive) local band back in Glendale."