The thing that’s always struck me about Jesse Leach is how genuine he is. Not only does that come through in his lyrics, his columns for this site, and his emails with me, the dude has been real and down-to-Earth every time I’ve had the chance to hang out with him.
Jesse seems to rise above it all, and doesn’t hold back. He doesn’t let the limits of the heavy metal genre or the bone-headed mindset of the majority of metal fans bind him.
Leach was recently in Australia for a month or something, where he did some spoken word and DJing gigs, and talked to tons of media.
He tells Hysteria, an Aussia mag, that he’d be down to release a reggae record. Yes, a reggae record. Because guess what? The dude doesn’t just scream really well, he’s got a voice. On top of that, Jesse doesn’t listen to just one style of music. It’s unhealthy to do that, really.
“I hate terms of segregation and genre. They are necessary for people to sort of understand in a language to describe what you’re hearing. For me, I grow very weary and extremely bored with genres. And the fact that Killswitch is the kind of band that it is, it kind of forced us, in a sense, to write within specific parameters, because people expect that of us, and that’s fine. I get it. At the end of the day, it’s what keeps the beast moving and keeps the fans happy. But that’s why I do so many things on the side. Even stuff that doesn’t see the light of day. I just can’t stick to one style.”
“I’m a huge reggae lover. I’m huge punk rock lover. Jazz/classical, you name it, I like it! It about knowing your strengths and weaknesses. I’m pretty decent at what I do with Killswitch, and I tend to stick to that. But my true loves and what I’d rather be spending my time doing, I don’t think it would jive with most of my fans.”
He went on to say that if he “could put out a reggae record, I would.”
Killswitch are supposed to get together soon to start tinkering with ides for their next record. Rad.
In related news, one of Leach’s other projects, a kick-ass not-reggae band called The Empire Shall Fall, has announced some shows for this month.
The band, fresh from opening for Overcast, will be playing the following gigs:
2/19: Endicott, NY @ The Downtown Quarterback
2/20: Dover, NH @ The Dover Brickhouse
2/21: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
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