This Haste The DayÃ‚ interview was conducted at Alley Katz in Richmond, Virginia on the third floor. I’ll like to thank Jason for being such a nice guy and taking the time out to do this unscheduled interview. Make sure to pick up their new record Pressure The Hinges coming out in March.
– State your name and position in the band.
I’m Jason, I play guitar.
– Give a brief history of the band and the origin of the band name.
Well, brief history. We formed about, well it was a five piece about five years ago. And the origin of the name is from a hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”, and it’s just a line from that song.
– In your opinion, what is the entire purpose behind the band?
Our purpose as a band is pretty ministry oriented. Our faith in God is the forefront of the band and that’s what we intend to keep it as.
– If you had to sum up the band in one sentence, what would it be?
Um, rock and roll.
– How has this tour been different then other tours?
This is a really short tour, it’s only like a week and a half long. We just got out of the studio and we are doing this, like a kind of wrap-up-the-year type of thing. And we just took a few of our friends’ bands out, like Calico and Flee the Seen and stuff.
– What has been the worst tour experience of any tour?
Well, when we first started touring, we were all completely broke and sleeping in the van, and on people’s dirty floors..
other member of Haste The Day: Places like this.
Haha, yeah. Just not being able to make ends meet and playing for like ten kids a night. Just the whole getting started is pretty rough.
– What elements do you try to bring to each show?
A lot of energy and a positive attitude. A positive message as opposed to angry and negativity.
– Are there any plans to record a record? If so, will the band be taking a new direction?
Yeah, well we just got done recording the new album called Pressure the Hinges and it’s by far a step up from anything that we’ve done. It’s really heavy, it’s really melodic, it brings out all of our strong points, musically and vocally. We tried to perfect what we’re best at. And I think we accomplished that with producers that we worked with, are really smart and had the same vision as we did. We spent a lot of time writing and recording this record. It’s a lot more well thought out than any of our other albums.
– How much do you think the lineup change affected the band?
Well I think it has definitely affected us for the better. As much as we all love Jimmy, Stephen brings a lot to the table. His diversity and the way he can scream and his range in screaming and singing, he’s a talented vocalist. We were able to work a lot with that on this new record. It’s not as much just screaming every verse, singing every chorus, but we mixed it up a lot more. Our lead vocalist was involved pretty much all the time.
– What is the general idea you are trying to get across with your lyrics?
Um, with the lyrics it’s pretty much whatever happen to be weighing on us at the time, or what happens to be going on in our lives. I know a lot of bands say that but it’s true. Our lyrics are always very faith based and that’s part of what makes us feel very passionate about whatever we write. Brennan, Stephan, and Mike write most of the lyrics, so it comes straight from their heart and what they are feeling at the time. That’s all I could say.
– What has been the biggest accomplishment in the band’s history?
Um,that’s a hard question. I mean, there’s getting signed in the first place, there’s kids coming up to us after shows and asking us to pray with them, just little stuff like that. I guess that could be considered the best thing that we’ve done, serving purposes like that.
– If you could make a split record with another band, who would it be and why?
I would love to do a split record with Def Leppard. They are one of my favorite bands.
– Where do you see the band going in 2007 and what would you like to focus on?
Well we are just going to be hitting the road nonstop, focusing on pushing this new record, it comes out March 20th. So we are just going to be doing a lot of touring, doing a co-headliner and than we have stuff lined up for the summer. We’re just going to try and support as many new bands as we can. And push this album because we feel very proud of it and strong about it.
– What were some of the best and worst new bands from 2006?
Um, it’s hard to say. Our friends in Destroy The Runner, they were on our last headlining tour, their record came out this year. They are awesome guys, we love them. I’m trying to think of other bands that put out records this year. For some reason, I’m drawing a blank.
– If you had to give advice to a group of people, what would you tell them?
Stay true to what you believe in, regardless of what it is. A lot of times people start off really, you know, fired up about one thing and than through time, they kind of get either jaded towards it or they get distracted from it. I would say just don’t lose focus on what is most important to you.
– If a movie was being made about the band, who would you want to direct and star in it?
I would want Clint Eastwood to direct it and want him to play my part.
– What is the biggest misconception about the band?
Um, I don’t know. It could correlate with the fact that we are Christians and people might think that we are really close-minded and you know, not able to relate with normal people, which is quite the opposite from who we actually are. If you could look at our tour history, you’ll see that. We prefer to tour with all sorts of different bands, bands of different beliefs and non-beliefs or whatever. You know, we just love meeting new people and interacting with people and we just love people in general.
– In your opinion, what is the biggest issue society is overlooking and that needs the most attention?
Man, that is a good question. We try not to be too political with the band, you know, that isn’t one of our main focuses. There is a lot of overseas poverty, I guess would be one.
– Anything else you want the readers to know?
Just that you can expect the best, heaviest, most awesome Haste The Day record coming out this year. And the only change has been for the better.
haste the day rules says
hey, what’s up.. umm why did jimmy leave the band, he was an awesome vocalist with a talented scream. i’ve heard one of the new songs off of purevolume.com and i have to say that its ok but personally the songs on Burning Bridges and When Everything Falls i find to be better.
jimmy left beause he felt like God had called him to pursue other things in his life. no hard feelings WHAT so ever…he still loves the others in the band and they are actually closer than ever… he just wanted to get married and pursue other things. 🙂
normally my parents are muslims…but i hate religion, and i love haste the day. i love there lyrics and i’ll buy their new album.
I thought he left b/c he got a job with the record label thats what i heard
i to like the old stuff better but the new stuff is great
Long Way Down is one of the best songs ever!!!!!
Manuel Garcia says
I’m not sure the reason why he left, whether it was b/c he got married, felt it was time ot move on, or got a job with Solid State Records. He is indeed working for Solid State Records but he is also in a a new band called Trenches. I’ve talked to Jimmy and he is down for an interview for Trenches. Check out their myspace for some songs.