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A little while back, I tore into the new Jungle Rot album, Terror Regime, and shot over some questions for the band for a potential e-mail interview. Of course, they happened to be on tour at the time, but they’re not now. I check the inbox, and there are the answers from James Genenz. Check out what he had to say below about the tour, a bit about the tour he just concluded, as well as addresses those who think their signing to Victory Records caused the band to change their music.


How’s everything going on your end? Has it been pretty busy lately?

James:
ust got home from tour. We had a great run during April with our buddies in Suffocation and Exhumed across the US and Canada. We had some cool bands with us, Rings Of Saturn and Adimiron who were both awesome guys. Shows were great and we met some awesome people. Looking forward to hitting the road again soon.

Terror Regime just dropped on March 19th. How have your fans been responding to it so far?

James:
Extremely positive. Everyone has had nothing but good things to say. Of course some critics aren’t too fond of us, but they probably never were anyway. People knew the new songs live and they went over well.

This is your second album through Victory Records. Is Jungle Rot locked in with a multi-album deal, or did you have to demo new material to them and sign a new contract?

James:
We have a multi-album contract with Victory. We’ve known Tony, the owner of Victory, for many, many years and were actually going to sign with him in 1997, but ended up not happening. Anyway, we wrote and recorded Kill On Command and produced the whole thing with our own money, and Tony caught wind and said he wanted to hear it. We went down to the office and hung with the staff and listening to the album and he signed us on the spot. The label has been nothing but great so far, everything they said they were gonna do, was done.

I do admit that, like many others, I’ve heard a change in the music since you signed to Victory Records. Do you feel it has? If so, what brought it on? (NOTE: I was hinting to a technical aspect, not a literal change simply due to label)

James:
We do not hear it at all. We don’t even listen to Victory bands. Maybe older Victory bands but that old school hardcore influence has been there forever. I think it’s goofy that anyone would even say that. If anything the THRASH influence is more evident than the hardcore one. The only change is that we’ve become heavier, faster, and more ferocious. This evolution is evident to anyone who has followed the last four albums. I don’t get it, like we sound like A Day To Remember? Just doesn’t make sense. Immediately, because we’re on a different label, we changed our sound? That’s in your head.

Many of the songs on Terror Regime seemed rather simple this time around, but seem like they were meant more for the pit than the studio. Was that the band’s goal this time around, or no?

James:
We write our songs for the stage. We write what we’d want to play live and what will get the crowd moving. We usually write simple songs, again, that’s our thing, nothing new. Our music is definitely meant for the live audience.

Towards the end of the album, there’s a cover of the song “I Don’t Need Society” by D.R.I. Why did you guys decide to cover this track? Does it have a special meaning to anyone in particular?

James:
The older guys in the band grew up with DRI. We listen to a lot of music on the road, and we were listening to DRI and Dave suggested we try playing it, it would be fun. It’s a killer song and I think we did a good job of keeping its integrity yet making it sound like Jungle Rot.

Were there any other songs you guys talked about covering instead of “I Don’t Need Society” for this album, or perhaps just in general or live shows?

James:
We talk about covering songs all the time. We fuck around with songs at the jam spot, Celtic Frost, Sepultura, Kreator, GBH. Etc. Covers are fun, it’s gotta be fun or else why do it right?

Was there anything different you guys wanted to try on this album that either happened or didn’t?

James:
Not really because we started writing this album immediately after the last one so the momentum was there, we just wanted to make another solid album. I don’t know what else we could try and do to be different, we have a formula, if it aint broke don’t fix it.

What kind of gear were you or the others working with in the studio? Mind giving us a rundown?

James:
We recorded at Chris Wisco’s Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin. Chris has recorded everything by Jungle Rot. He has recorded our last four albums on Pro-Tools. There is very little to do in the studio with us. Our tone is natural and Chris is completely familiar with our sound. As far as the instruments we played, we played our normal instruments. We don’t have a budget for anything special, and really don’t need it. I played my Ibanez SR-800 bass straight into the board through a SansAmp and Chris dialed in a great tone. It really is all rather simple to record these days. There isn’t much exciting to talk about.

You guys will be out on tour starting April 4th. Are you guys about ready to hit the road, or is there anything still holding anyone up?

James:
We just got home from said tour, hence the reason this interview is rather late. *laughs* The tour was a smashing success and we had a blast. Nothing held us up, except for a little shitty weather but we mustered right through it!

Mind giving some details about your setlist, such as what songs fans should expect off Terror Regime or other past albums?

James:
Our setlist from the tour was as follows: Voice Your Disgust, Terror Regime, Worst Case Scenario, Their Finest Hour, Face Down, Strong Shall Survive, I Am Hatred, Utter Chaos, Gorebag, Demon Souls, Psychotic Cremation, Strangulation Mutilation,

So, what’s next for Jungle Rot after this North American tour? You guys planning to head over seas at some point, or do you or Victory have other plans to help push the album here in the States first?

James:
We are heading to Europe in August for sure. We are doing a few festivals over there like Getaway Festival in Sweden, Into The Grave Fest in Holland, Meh Suff Metal Fest in Switzerland, and Brutal Assault in Czech Republic. We are working on other club dates around these festivals with Decrepit Birth.

Is there anything else you would like to mention before I let you go?

James:
(Visit) www.jungle-rot.com.

Hey thanks for the time, I really appreciate it! Hope you guys have a blast on tour! Take care!

James:
Thank you man! Cheers to you!

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Interview conducted thanks to Victory Records.