Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage is currently in Australia doing a run of spoken word and DJing gigs down under.
While hanging with the Aussies, Jesse took some time to do an interview, and discussed both the new Killswitch song the band wrote for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as well as the upcoming documentary chronicling Leach’s return to the band.
Jesse tells Dave “Higgo” Higgins of Australian rock station Triple M that he wasn’t familiar with the show before producers approached the band, looking for a song.
“When we got asked to do it, I started doing my research and watching some of the stuff. And while I was writing the song, I didn’t really know what I was talking about. But [the show producers] give you a concept, they give you key words that you should use and sort of give you a storyline. And it was fun for me to work in that capacity, ’cause I’m used to just coming up with stuff on my own off the spot. And they had a lot of cool trigger words, so it was interesting to see that come together. And then start to watch the show, and then have it turn into… like, once we were done with the song, and it was all said and done, I watch the entire four seasons in, like, a week. [Laughs] I became completely addicted and enthralled in it.”
“So we are all really stoked on it, and I think it’s one of our better songs. And that should be seeing the light of day through the show, I think, in April. And then we’re gonna start playing it out live, I think, ’cause we’re all pretty stoked on it.”
Sounds good, dude.
The upcoming documentary will feature footage shot by Leach.
“I film everything. I’m actually gonna be filming [my upcoming solo DJ and spoken-word tour of Australia] too, so… Whether it’s a segment of the DJ set or my spoken word. I’ve got a camera on me at all times, because I figure it can’t hurt. We may not use the footage, but I just document as much as I can.
“Yeah, I’ve been doing that for about a year now, on and off, with the band. And we came around to… The label finally was, like, ‘Hey, you guys wanna tell your story?’ How I came back to the band and what it’s been like touring the world. So we’re piecing together footage from all over the world that I’ve taken, footage from different festivals that we’ve played, and then sort of getting some interviews with people and some behind-the-scenes [footage] and then I think we’re gonna be putting together a pretty interesting documentary to tell our story of the band and myself and the reunion and all that. And we’ve actually footage of our first show back together in its entirety, so we’re going through that and trying to figure out what to show and what not to show. It’s a massive undertaking, but the wheels are finally starting to turn.”
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