It’s quite clear where we all know Joey Jordison from. As one of the original founders of the nine-piece metal legends Slipknot, he has now moved onto fresher and stimulating opportunities with his new full time project Sinsaenum taking full effect in touring after the release of two full-length records. Now with them just having gigs of theirs booked now, they’ve already got Australia locked in for a visit in November in support of their latest LP “Repulsion For Humanity”. We spoke with Jordison about the incarnation of the album, its titular conception, his friendship with Frederic Leclercq and of course, the band’s debut in Australia later this year.
“The fact that we have a fan base there and that we’re actually getting to Australia this quick is very exciting” he begins. “I remember going there back in the beginning of 2000 with Slipknot, and it was just mind-blowing to be able to travel so far away, and have the music that you created in a certain area of the world with all of these other people completely unmerged with what you’re doing. It’s a true blessing, and it’s really weird because we’re just now starting a tour, and to be able to get to Australia already is fucking killer. Right there, that just shows the power of music and what we’re doing. I look at it as a privilege to come down there so quickly. We don’t know when we’ll get back, so it’s not to be missed for sure now that we’ve got our new record out. The set we’re going through right now is going to showcase the best tracks from both the records. The set’s flowing really good, and everyone’s in really great spirits, so we’re looking forward to grind!”
Jordison states that he couldn’t be happier with the very people that have made Sinsaenum what is today. But what he’s even more grateful for is the fact that this project managed to take lift off. For Jordison, his method of time and opportunity fell into the right place at the right time with the right people for him to schedule to birth of Sinsaenum.
“I love playing with these guys and I’ve been friends with Fred for a long time. When you come up with this idea, a lot of people get together and they’re like “One day, we’re gonna form a band or something like that”, but we were dead serious about it. When the opportunity finally came, we couldn’t pass it up. If we hadn’t have got together right when we could’ve, it could’ve passed by. So, there was no getting out of it, and it needed to be done that was absolutely necessary. It’s something that I needed to do since 1991. Things happen for a reason; you get connected to people for a reason and you don’t ignore it. I could’ve said “I’m too busy with something”, but I just knew that I had to do Sinsaenum and I’m glad that the stars aligned and it was meant to be.”
As Jordison stated, every member of Sinsaenum comes from a different part of the world, despite being a group based in the heart of France. But, despite travelling distances between everyone, how songwriting would go down was no concern to anyone, thanks to modern day technology. However, when it actually came to recording, instead of producing his own parts back in Des Moines, Jordison made the effort to travel to France and record with Leclercq and Buriez, so the fellowship would help break the mould in the creative process.
“Fred would send the template with a demo and a drum machine – the construction of the song, what the song was like, and if any of us had an idea, we’d throw it back to each other. I’m all the way across in another place and Sean (Zatorsky) is in Atlanta, so thank god for emails these days. You can just exchange files on computers, write riffs and you’ve got your Skypes and such. You can write a song just by getting on a computer while having a band chat with everyone, and you can just start from there if there’s something that needs to be changed or you have an idea. That’s kinda how it was constructed, but as Fred being the primary songwriter of the band, the main thing I had to concentrate on was being in shape and construct the parts that would do the most justice. I would come up with five different ways to play the song than when I would track them. The first record, I recorded on my own, and the new one was really cool, because I was recording with the guys, and bounce some ideas back and forth really made a difference.”
While many can determine the meaning behind “Repulsion For Humanity” quite easily, Jordison’s perspective on the album is put in a more positive light. While it may seem like there’s a lot of disgust and pessimism revolving around the globe and other peoples’ lives, like any other musician, the catharsis that’s implemented by Jordison and co. stays strong and healthy.
“I love life” he says. “I don’t hate it, but everyone has anger, and at the same time, we are put on this earth for some reason and something was born into us to construct. You can’t just learn to play something if you don’t have some sort of hatred or ferocity in you and things that you really need to get outta your brain, your heart and your soul, otherwise, it will dwell and it will kill you. When you play music like this and actually execute everything that you’re doing, listening to the lyrics and riffs, play at massive speeds and all this stuff, it’s like an exorcism for anger. Everyone’s got hate and anger, and the thing is, we were put on this earth to play this style of music and you find these people and you just know that it gels.”
When it comes to supergroups, many tend to assume that these projects come as a one-off experiment phase. However, Jordison knew from the very beginning that he wanted Sinsaenum to be a regular occurrence to the metal community. With another full length two years after “Echoes of the Tortured”, as well as their “Ashes” EP, it seems Sinsaenum are here to stay with more records in the future. With Jordison breaking the ‘one album supergroup’ myth, he states that Sinsaenum has been highly effective in therapy to his life, and that it only builds the excitement to go around the world with it.
“No matter what, we were gonna make another record. It wasn’t like we were just trying to see what other people think because, whether we’re playing this style of music and being a part of this business for as long as I have, it really doesn’t matter what anyone says. It’s something I need to play and get this type of ferocity and angst out so I can move healthy in my life. It’s the same thing for every band I’ve ever been in and why I play drums. It’s a way to keep my head straight, my mind clear and probably keeps me from doing something bad” he laughs. “This band is the perfect punching bag for me and we just can’t wait for the tour and get everything out live.”
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