Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage has spoken with Rick Florino over at PureVolume.com, and the singer and GSA columnist said working with Adam Dutkiewicz in Times of Grace was the perfect primer for his return to the band he left all those years ago.
“I think it definitely helped get me back in the swing of things and on the road,” Jesse explains.
“Touring with Joel [Stroetzel] and Adam in that band definitely answered any question I had in my mind about how we would tour or how I’d feel about it,” says Leach.
“It made me want to live in the whole process of writing, recording, and touring.”
But “at the same time, I don’t think it was a direct catalyst. It wasn’t like I was sitting there on the tour bus plotting and scheming, ‘Now that we’re doing this, let’s move on to Killswitch.’ I was all about Times of Grace. The fact that I knew Killswitch were going through some issues, it made me want to put all of my eggs in one basket and go with Times of Grace.
“I thought it was going to last longer, when it didn’t, long story short, it just sort of happened. It was natural. I wouldn’t say Times of Grace was a direct catalyst, but it warmed me up and got me road-ready and studio-ready.”
I sure do hope there’s a new Times of Grace record in all of our futures. That first one was flawless — just a straight-up hard rock record with lots of standout moments.
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