AR: The original Misfits.
JZ: Ah that’s a great one.
AR: That would be a dream.
JZ: I think it would be great for this band to play with Soundgarden.
JS: YESSSSSS. One of my favorite bands.
JZ: I think we would work really well with them. Think both bands would go really well together. Misfits would be great cuz that was our favorite band growing up.
JS: Soundgarden is working on new material and touring. So it will be cool to see what Chris and Kim come up with. Now before you guys hit the stage, do you guys have any pre rituals before you go on stage or do you have any warm up music you listen to get psyched up?
JZ: It depends. Like in Europe, we find ourselves in the dressing room listening to music. It depends on the room too. If we’re in a room like this, there’s not much vibe. So probably try another room. Or decent place thats comfortable with couches and we will listen to a Soundgarden, or a Sabbath, or throw on some music to get those musical juices flowing.
JS: So what are you listening to right now? Like in the car or gym.
JZ: “A Place Where There’s No More Pain” (Laughter) It’s in my CD player in my car.
JS: Hey I cranked it all the way here. I love it. So let’s get into it right now. It’s been years since “Broken Valley”… what was it like to finally get back in the studio again? Was it different?
AZ: It was completely different from any other record we’ve made. For the better. We were more focused. We were very concentrated on the performances. To get the best from each other. It was awesome.
JZ: Almost like isolated performances. We worked with Matt Brown.
JS: I know Matt Brown.
JZ: He plays with Pale Horse Named Death (Sal Abruscato’s other band)
JS: That’s how I met him.
JZ: We did it like Alan said, more each person had a focus. And Matt took the time to work each person on their own to mix it.
JS: The mixing is FANTASTIC by the way.
AR: He would love to hear that.
JZ: He’s gunna hear it. So yea Matt was an integral part on how the record turned out. The way it sounds, the way it turned out, the performances on us, Matt pushed all that to get that done. I give him a lot of credit for this.
JS: I think it’s cool that you guys decided to stay in house with Matt instead of getting a Rick Rubin, or a Brendan O’Brien. You guys stuck in house, and say this is the guy we want, this is the guy who knows us best. I find that an awesome approach.
AR: We almost did the exact opposite of what we did with “Broken Valley” every step of the way.
JS: Like major label.
AR: We did the major label, big time producer. Greg Fidelman fantastic, he worked with Metallica, Slipknot, worked in big studios, sunset sound, where they did Led Zeppelin drum tracks. We totally went stripped down on this record.
JZ: This record is different. We really utilized all of our assets around us. All the studios where we know and we’re comfortable with. And it worked out cuz hey listen, there’s more than one way to skin a cat and get it done. We were actually able to turn out and make a great record with our own little chemistry on how we were gunna do it.