This interview took place on: 7/15/10.
I never thought about it in terms of easy or difficult. It was just what needed to done. Iíd put too much effort and money into it to let a line-up change stop me. Now, you could call that tenacity or stupidity. Iím not sure which is more fitting, but I think the new record has been worth all the stress caused by the change. I think Corpus Christi is, by FAR, a better band now than itís ever been before.
Jarrod: It was similar in the sense that it was myself and the other guitar player writing everything. But the writing dynamic is different with Derek and I on A Feast For Crows, than it was between Jon and I on The Darker Shades Of White. Jon and I were never happy with the heaviness of the first record but we did as best we could, given the limitations we had due to the other former members. This time around, there were no limitations. Derek and I had free reign to run with whatever we wanted to, wherever we wanted. Thereís also the issue of finding a common ground among collaborators. That common ground was different for Jon and I, than it is for Derek and I, the results of which can easily be heard on AFFC.
Jarrod: Recording this record was the most enjoyable studio experience Iíve ever had, on any project Iíve ever worked on. Every day in the studio was a blast as well as productive. When you can have a lot of fun and still get the work done, then you know youíre onto something good. Different people, different place, different vibe, all of it was better. The last time around was, for no good reason, a fairly dismal experience. I donít want to go into it too much because I canít without sounding like Iím throwing all the old guys under the bus. But it was what it was and Corpus Christi has advanced beyond it, so I have no misgivings about it.
Jarrod: Not at all. I compare these two records like this:
The Darker Shades Of White is a bicycle with training wheels. A nice shiny bike that all the younger kids think is really cool, a good place to start, and pretty fun for a beginner. But youíre not really waking up the neighbors at 3am with all your friends in your garage, cranking the pedals of bicycle.
A Feast For Crows is like a real biker's first Harley. Heís just taken the stock pipes off, slapped a set of Sampson short straights on it, bolted on all the extra chrome he can find, got new 24 spoke rims, a sweet custom paint job, and called all his buddies over to rev it up in his drive way Ďtil the neighbors call the cops.
So for us, itís like a first record all over again. Just wait Ďtil the next one!
Jarrod: Nope! As long as we continue to progress as songwriters each new offering will be better than the last. I welcome the expectations of the fansÖ it makes choosing a live set list a lot easier. Hahahahahahaha
Iíve always done what appealed to me in this band and its gotten Corpus Christi this far, so that has to mean that my tastes and fan tastes are somewhat the same. I thinkÖ of course I could be way off too. Who knows, really? But our own opinions and that of the fans are the only ones that concern me, so with any luck those two stay somewhat aligned.
Jarrod: Our influences are all over the map. The shortest way to demonstrate this is by our individual favorites. My favorite band of all time is In Flames. Derekís (guitar) is Creed. So right there youíve got an enormous gap in style. Maxís (lead vocals) favorite band is Oh Sleeper and Calebís (bass) favorite is Slayer. And Andy (drums) is the weirdest of all of 5 of us when it comes to his tastes and influences, so it's no surprise that he has no all-time favorite band. Somehow, out of all this diversity we landed on a sound weíre all really into.
Jarrod: The video for ďMonumentsĒ is shot and will be released soon. If the record does well, weíll probably do another official video and then weíre going to do a parody video for "Little Miss Letyouknow" this fall.
Jarrod: Weíre doing a 6 week run with A Hero A Fake in mid-August and some of those dates are with To Speak Of Wolves. Thereís a few other things being ďproposedĒ for the rest of the year but we havenít committed to anything yet. We lost our shirts on some TERRIBLE tours last year and we have to be really cautious about what we sign on for this year.
Jarrod: Just like anyone elseís job. Christians go to work everyday with people who possess different or opposing beliefs. The only difference is, sometimes on stage people can be a bit more pretentious and vocal about their beliefs, but thatís about it.
Jarrod: Hope. There is a hope found in Jesus that cannot be found anywhere else. At the end of everything that sucks in this life, there is refuge and healing in Jesus.
Jarrod: If you heard the first record and think you know Corpus Christi; youíre dead wrong. Go get A Feast For Crows and then come hang out with us tour.
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