Friday, June 23, 2006
The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:
Ask Will Jackson and he’ll tell you that the forthcoming sophomore LP by metal extremists FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW isn’t a concept album it’s more of a musical piece that a single word helped inspire.
That would be delenda, a Latin term that means “the promise to destroy everything,” the frontman said. “The Greeks used the delenda campaign when they were destroying Carthage.”
FASSW were so intrigued by the term that they’re using it as the name of their new album.
“It’s an inspiring word, because the promise to destroy everything means you understand there is an end to everything,” he elaborated. “That’s ultimately what this record is about: It’s about the human understanding of an end and all the emotional stuff that goes along with that understanding. So each song is written from an emotional human standpoint, through some sort of scripted dialogue. This album delves into the idea that as humans we’re all living everything day to day, but that we’re all going to face a sudden end. A lot of people choose not to deal with that.”
But not FASSW, who’re on the road with CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX, ANIMOSITY and JOB FOR A COWBOY through the end of next month. Delenda, the follow-up to 2004’s Not One Word Has Been Omitted, lands in stores July 11.
“I would say it’s the most accomplished thing we’ve put together,” Jackson said. “It’s leaps and bounds beyond the last record they’d done [Jackson joined the band in 2005 following the departure of Sean Vandegrift]. We put our minds together and we put everything we have into this record. We want to create music that will leave a lasting message and impact the music scene in general. The music that we’ve tackled on this new record is more approachable, more listenable than the last record, and we’re trying to take this more extreme approach to music and apply it to the masses and make it to where everyone can get into it. The scene we’re a part of has always been super-underground, and if we can do anything that’s going to take it to more people … that’s what we’re trying to do with this record.”
But at the same time, Jackson said FASSW want to push the boundaries of musical experimentation and ingenuity because, “if you’re not bringing something new to the table, you are just imitating or repeating,” he said. “Taking ideas or being inspired by something is a lot different than regurgitating. Nowadays, it doesn’t seem like a lot of people are thinking about the music they make, they just want to write songs with breakdowns, because kids are addicted to breakdowns. It’s like we can’t overcome that at all as a genre. Breakdowns are the new solo. But this record’s one kids will have to read the lyrics to and sit down and listen to instead of just waiting for the breakdown.”
In late August, FASSW will hit the road in Seattle with DARKEST HOUR, MISERY SIGNALS and VERSUS THE MIRROR for a string of dates that’ll keep them busy through September 8 in Baltimore. Jackson said the band’s got several irons in the proverbial fire for the fall but nothing’s concrete yet. Within the next year, Jackson‘s hoping the band can elevate its profile enough to where it’s fielding even bigger touring offers.
“We’d been approached for [this year’s] Sounds of the Underground, but it was all booked up,” Jackson said. “We’ve been very close to landing a lot of giant package tours, and I think that is definitely something that’s going to happen for us more in the future.”