Interview: Job For A Cowboy

Job for a Cowboy was formed in 2003 by young musicians no older than 16, and by 2004 the band’s MySpace was connecting with fans across the globe. Since then, JFAC have been actively releasing records and tearing up the metal scene. The lineup has changed a few times, but the music has grown organically with the band members. Their new album, entitled Demonocracy, was released April 10th of this year via Metal Blade Records, and it puts forth a culmination of everything the band has learned. With songs based around political topics, the band is making music that matters to them. This is definitely their most diverse album to date and JFAC have further cemented their place at the forefront of the metal music industry. Guitarist Tony Sannicandro has taken the time to speak to about the band’s most recent album, tour, and what they have next in store. 


The artwork for your latest effort, Demonocracy, done by Brent Elliot White is truly striking. What statement do you believe this cover image is making?

I think the artwork is pretty badass, and it’s kind of self explanatory. White did his thing after reading some lyrics and concepts, and tied it together with the chick crying oil and the dead doves.


With the death metal genre rapidly growing, does making politically driven songs help JFAC stand out?

I think it does to an extent. It’s not all about Satan and chopping up chicks. Although those are both cool. The message is basically there’s enough real evil to explore, as opposed to ghosts and demons and murder all the time.


Demonocracy is JFAC’s most technical album to date. How long did it take to make those songs concert-ready?

Uhhh, the writing was pretty fast. Few months or so. The recording process took a month, and that’s where we really put all the shit together and made it work.


With various lineup changes JFAC has emerged improved each time. Has a new level of stability been found within this current lineup?

I’m one of the new shmucks, so I don’t know what was going on before member-wise, but I’d say we get along pretty swimmingly.


Off the new album, “Tarnished Gluttony” is longer and more diverse than the other tracks; was there a different approach to writing this song?

Bobby, the old guitar player, wrote 95% of the song. He is a great musician and a good friend of ours still. I wrote the solo, and the approach was to just kick back and hit it. Feel the viiiiibbbbe maaaan.


Just out of curiosity: there is a strange sample at the end of “Imperium Wolves”, can you tell us a little bit about that, and why you decided to include it?

It’s a clip of a kid in Iraq being shot, and pleading to the police to take him to the hospital. They don’t. It ties in with the lyrics about police brutality and entitlement.


In December JFAC is embarking on the End of the World Tour. How does it feel to be back on the road as the headlining band?

It’s going to be fun as fuck. Good friends and some new motherfuckers coming to hang. Hitting some cool places and hoping to make every show a big party with little regard for the rules, haha.

If you could choose any band to tour with, active or not, who would it be?

I’d love to tour with Pantera. Shame it will never happen, but it’s definitely a band I think we would get along with and would be the greatest shit to watch every night.


JFAC has been referred to as “poster boys of the MySpace boon”. How do you react to that title?

Blow me. That’s how I react, haha.


Anything else you would like to say to your fans?

Thanks so much for the support and for following us on all the social media outlets. It means a lot to us to see people supporting the metal community and supporting us. Thrash.


Canadian fans can catch Job For A Cowboy on tour in December!

12.09 Toronto, ON @ Annex Wreckroom

12.10 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques

12.11 Quebec City, QC @ Union Commerciele


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