Musicscan: You guys have been around for some time now. What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create? And did you ever expect to become this big within this short period of time? What are the aims you’re heading for by today?
Job For A Cowboy: I love traveling the world sharing our music with as many people as possible. the feeling i get when you travel to a far away place and there are people excited to see the band play is awesome. its really motivating and definitely helps keep the passion alive. i think our goal is just to continue growing as a band and traveling to as many places as possible.
Musicscan: What's your attitude towards Job For A Cowboy in general? I noticed that you are a seriously working band, but you guys seem to have a lot of fun as well and don't take yourself too seriously.
Job For A Cowboy: We definitely like to have a lot of fun. its important for us to work hard but also just as important to have a lot of fun. we take the band seriously but not to the extent of eliminating the fun aspect of being in a band. i think its good for a band to have a good time on the road.
Musicscan: Have you been surprised by the fact, that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Job For A Cowboy? At least that's what I read in the internet and what I can experience among my friends. Is this something that matters to you?
Job For A Cowboy: I have been a little surprised by the range of audience that seems to be taking a liking to the band. we've tried to do a lot of tours where we can play in front of new groups of people that maybe have never heard of our band. i think that has absolutely helped our band grow and appeal to different groups of music fans.
Musicscan: There is a statement I would ask you to comment: Jamey Jasta once said, that the Hardcore and Metal scene are growing together nowadays and that both are respecting this development. What is your opinion on that?
Job For A Cowboy: I think that is definitely true. the scenes are growing together and i think its awesome. there have been a lot of tours where metal bands are supporting hardcore bands and hardcore bands supporting metal bands. it has helped the development of the heavy music scene tremendously. i enjoy touring with different types of heavy bands. it gives you an opportunity to perform for a new audience.
Musicscan: Ruination has been a highly expected album for the world of the extreme underground - did this effect you while writing the songs for it?
Job For A Cowboy: There was a bit of pressure on the band during the writing process. it being our sophomore release i knew it would be met with a certain amount of expectations. for the band our own expectations were really important. we really focused on writing songs that we loved and wanted to play. fortunately it seems that the new record is being received well so i hope it continues to do so.
Musicscan: Speaking about the new album: What sort of evolution has Job For A Cowboy gone through into this album? For some parts I would say it is an unexpected record. Its more straightforward and more focussed.
Job For A Cowboy: I think the evolution is mainly due to the band growing as musicians and as people. also we had some lineup changes that have allowed us to try different things. im really happy with the bands current line up.
Musicscan: What I feel about the new record is a much more coherent and in "one-style" sounding, while it stays crazy and extreme but - this time - with more memorable parts? How do you feel about it?
Job For A Cowboy: I think the new record is a little bit more melodic. i really like the fusion of intensity with melody that we achieved on the new record. i think a lot of ideas can be lost if the music is too all over the place. i feel that we have made the mistake in the past of being too scatter brained with song structure and riffs. i wanted to really focus our efforts i think it makes the album more powerful.
Musicscan: Of the albums and songs you guys have recorded, which one do you feel crosses the most borders? What other borders, musically and lyrically speaking, do you guys wanna knock down in the future?
Job For A Cowboy: I think ruination crosses the most borders. we incorporated a lot of different influences in the writing process but still tried to maintain a clear focus within the songs. lyrically speaking its a more political record and i think there are more borders to be crossed in that realm the next time around.
Musicscan: Speaking about your style of extreme music: How could you explain it to someone unfamiliar with the records of Job For A Cowboy? If I were asked to give a description I would speak of an intense, malicious and fast death metal played with a distinctive headbang-attitude and a good sense of humor…
Job For A Cowboy: I think you got it pretty much haha. i like that description a lot actually.
Musicscan: Would you agree to my statement, that the acceptance for this kind of complex, crazy and extreme music you are playing has become broader over the last few years. What would you say is the reason for this?
Job For A Cowboy: I would definitely agree. i think bands that have achieved mainstream success like killswitch engage and as i lay dying have opened a lot of doors for more extreme bands. more and more people are getting into heavy and extreme music and i think that forces bands to become heavier and more extreme. its a pretty cool time for metal.
Musicscan: The album title Ruination could lead to the conclusion that there is some lyrical concept behind the songs? What is the quintessence of the album, and which is the Ruination you are speaking about?
Job For A Cowboy: Jonny wrote the lyrics so its kind of hard for me to answer this question. the lyrics are more politically based opposed to the concentration on religious conspiracies that our previous record represented. the lyrics discuss current political situations, genocidal governments, and propaganda in the mainstream media.
Musicscan: With the direction of Job For A Cowboy heading a certain way and fans growing with you over the years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?
Job For A Cowboy: I think the connection with the band and the fans is definitely continuing to grow over the years. its really cool how perceptive people have been to what our band is all about. we're constantly changing and evolving and its really awesome to see that people have been keeping up and staying in tune with the band. we're really lucky to be where we are.
Musicscan: Final thoughts?
Job For A Cowboy: I just want to say thank you for the interview and thank you to everyone who has helped or supported the band! peace!