Adam Jackson - Twelve Tribes

July 14, 2004

Tell me a little bit about your band.

We're called Twelve Tribes from Dayton, Ohio. We've been together for seven years and we just got recently signed to Ferret Records which put out our new full length. It's called The Rebirth Of Tragedy and it just came out June 1. It's really exciting.

How's the CD doing?

It's doing really well. It's our first official release from a bigger label so for us it's really cool. We're getting really good tours off of it and the response has been really good.

You guys have released previous CDs on indie labels.

We're still on an independent label, it just happens to have major label ties. Yeah, we released a full length and an EP on Eulogy Recordings out of South Florida.

You feel that you're anonymous slaves to time, class, occupation, sex, currency, and the underlying belief that it's acceptable. Want to go into that a bit?

It's not that we feel that way. It's what we feel like society is. These kids that come to our shows, that's what people have become. You feel like you have to go to college and get a degree and get some 9 to 5 job and make money. In the ordinary world, they pass up on things that they really want to do with their lives or give up on their dreams and things like that. We're a form of opposition to that because in our own minds, we really strive to make this band our life.

How do you guys feel about the current unemployment situation and the military draft perhaps looming over these kids heads?

Yeah, that's horrible. I just saw Fahrenheit 9/11 and that was a point in the movie. About how in underprivileged areas, kids that graduate from high school are sought after to enlist in the Army and they're hyped up with thoughts of money and jobs and whatever else.

It was pretty scary watching those recruiters chasing those kids down. Practically stalking them. I feel like they need to chase after these senators kids. It was funny when Michael Moore actually approached a couple of senators with that and they looked at him like he was crazy. Like "my kid?"

Yeah, I think that someone's got to do it and I don't necessarily think that that's the right way to go about it. Coercing young kids into doing that.

Especially when they don't really understand what all is going on anyway.

Right, and then when they do get there, they're forced to get put in these situations where they might have to kill someone. They may have to be killed themselves. It's horrible.

I was in the Air Force myself and it opened my eyes to a lot of things. And that was during peace time. What do you feel makes your music stand out from everybody else's?

Honestly, I feel like we blend a lot of different influences into our music. We are definitely rooted into hardcore music but we have a really groove underground hip-hop vibe to our music and it gives us a different flavor all together. We're not a hardcore metal band that just draws off of other hardcore metal bands. You can definitely hear other influences in our sound. It really comes through when you listen to our record.

You guys have toured with bands like Poison The Well and Blood Has Been Shed. How has the touring been going?

It's going awesome. We've been together for seven years like I said and we've toured the country tons of times with tons of different bands. We're just getting to the point where we're touring with mainstream acts like Kittie and next month we're going on tour with Soulfly so it's definitely paying off. Touring definitely helps.

It's kind of funny when Kittie's considered mainstream.

To us, for a band that's used to playing in front of 50 to 100 kids a night, it's definitely mainstream.

You guys have been around for seven years. Dayton, Ohio must have a pretty good metal scene going on.

Yeah, it's really weird. There's not a whole lot else for kids to do so when a good metal show comes through, everyone's going to go see it. For us, coming from the Midwest as a band, it's harder to get out so you have to go on tours and you have to really push your music because no one's going to come to the Midwest to find you.

So what's in the future after the tour is over?

Just a lot more touring. We're really just trying to get our record out to people and get it in kids hands and see how the response is. So far it's been going really well. Like I said, we're getting bigger tours and we're getting our music out to more and more people. That's the ultimate goal is for kids to read your lyrics and listen to your music and come up and talk to you after shows.

Any overseas dates?

Yeah, we're going over in October. We're not sure of the lineup yet but it's in the works.

You guys released The Rebirth Of Tragedy. Tell me a little bit about the record.

It's 10 songs. We took the last two years to really focus on writing the record. When we were writing it, I don't know if you know much about the underground hardcore music scene, but there are a lot of bands that when you see them live it's amazing and they're going nuts and it's heavy. But if you sit down and listen to the music it's not very fluid.

It doesn't have that live vibe to it.

Yeah, it doesn't have the live vibe to it and so when we were writing our record, we really focused on writing something that could be listenable but would also make for a rad live show. It's hard to do. It's hard to write a record that can encompass both of those things. I feel like we accomplished what we wanted to do with that.

It's hard to capture that energy that you get off the audience to begin with.

Right, but it's not all that energy. It's about writing good transitions and writing good solid music. I could write 20 breakdowns right now sitting here talking to you. It could be heavy but when you sit down and listen to it, is it musical? Is it technical? Does it involve any thought to write it? That's what we really try to focus on. Making good music that is also thought out.

Any other thoughts or comments?

Come see our live show and go buy our record.

Twelve Tribes