I recently got to interview Jimmy Bower, the drummer for Superjoint. We sat down to talk about the band’s new album, side projects, and what’s in store for the future of Superjoint.
Shockwave Magazine: There has been a big gap between recording albums, about 13 years. Why was there such a long period of time?
Jimmy Bower: In 2004, we put the band on hold. In 2014, the Housecore Horror fest came about, and the main coordinator of the event, Corey Mitchell and Kate, wanted to do something special for Housecore. They thought why not have Superjoint play? I talked to Phil about it, we called Kevin about it, and it seemed like the right thing to do. Ever since we did that show we had so much fun that we wanted to continue with it. So, we decided to make a record.
I know since the last record there’s been a lineup change in the band. What brought about getting new members?
Joey Gonzalez and Steve Taylor both played with Phil in Phil and the Illegals and it just made sense, because Sheldon couldn’t do it and Phil said he had a real good time jamming with them, so we decided to bring them in.
How do you think the new album differs from the previous albums?
We tried to go for the sound of the first record, Use Once and Destroy, not sound but song writing style. What I think we got with this record is a little of both from the first two albums. It was interesting having new people in the band and getting a new writing style and I think the record really reflects that. We were going for an in-your-face, angry, three-chord punk kind of feel.
With the new members in the band, how’s the camaraderie with the band?
It’s very solid. We call Joey “Blue.” Blue and Steve really fit the band. We’re a lot older now, but we have a lot more fun with the band. It was a really good choice to pick those two guys. It really matters who you pick for a band, especially when it comes to creativity.
What’s the future of the band and what side projects are coming up?
We’re going on tour in January and start playing live shows again. We’re looking forward to it. Phil is working on a new Illegals record. I’m working on a solo project. I’ve been working on it for a long time. I’m a little apprehensive about doing vocals. I’ve been playing bass, guitar, and drums for years, but this is my first time singing. It’s definitely a challenge. This project will be a mix of blues and country; it’s not metal at all. This has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. My true passion is outlaw country and blues. I’m still in the mist of trying to finish it, so I’m not sure when it will be released.
Thank you for your time Jimmy.
Thanks a lot of this opportunity for this interview, and you have a good one!
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