Musicscan: How does your band feel about the viability of having post-hardcore,
and metalcore become the 'new' things/trends within heavy music?
Norma Jean: I don't think we have thought about it alot. We are pleased that heavy
music getrs more and more noticed, but we aren't really concerned
"trends" we just like playin heavy music
Musicscan: As a musician, why do you think the marriage of emo, hardcore and metal
so popular with young people?
Norma Jean: That is another question that will boggle the mind, but I mean kids
are just into music. there are alot of other music stlyes that have
just as big of following.
Musicscan: Was it different writing this album, now that you are more skilled with
instruments and have been toured a lot?
Norma Jean: It is always different when writting new songs, because we are always
learning more about our instruments and learing more about music.
Musicscan: "Redeemer" was considered to be a anticipated release and Solid State
to put a lot of expectation on your band. What are your thoughts on
Norma Jean: This record didn't bother us in that aspect as much as O god did. with
redeemer we did what we wanted without a regard for what anyone
thought. We wanted to make an album we are proud of, and something we
Musicscan: Where do you see the line drawn between progressiong on what you do
and completely offering a new direction or sound? I'm asking, cause
there're lots of changes between your new album and "O God The Aftermath"...
Norma Jean: a progression is when you build off what you have had before. I feel
we totally did that on redeemer. There are elements of BTMKTC and O
god, plus alot of new stuff.
Musicscan: This new album seems to be a little more groovy, in some waya less speed
agression oriented. Is it just me or is there any truth to this?
Norma Jean: I feel it has way more agression than the last record. It is less
Violent then O god, but its heavier and there is way more feeling on
Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on
Norma Jean: Making the best Norma Jean record ever! we made something we are all
so proud of.
Musicscan: Do you feel that the record is a pretty good representation of Norma
sounding as of right now?
Norma Jean: its a perfect representartion.
Musicscan: And do you feel that Norma Jean has found its "own" sound, or is it
Norma Jean: we will always be growing musically. There will always be those
elements in our music that make us Norma Jean, but We won't be soundin
exactly like this on the next record.
Musicscan: Every band has a vision of how their album should sound like after the
recording it. Listening to "Redeemer" right now. Would you say that this
a successful mission or would you even say that the band was able to
surprise itself? If this is the case - in how far?
Norma Jean: We are totally in love with this album. I feel like we will always
surprise ourselves cause there are always little things that when you
record sound different when you get the finished product.
Musicscan: Is it a challenge to you to continually write and record new songs and
Norma Jean: Actually not really. we love writting new music. I mean we push
ourselves but its never a struggle
Musicscan: What did you guys do differently on "Redeemer" that you hadn't done
previously to keep things progressing?
Norma Jean: one thing we wanted to record it with a more raw sound. and we wrote
this record like it was our first and last record. puttin everything
on it we have wanted to do, and we just went ahead and did it not
caring what people thought.
Musicscan: Were all songs for "Redeemer" already written and ready for recording
entering the studio or did you rearrange or improvise some parts?
Norma Jean: All the songs were written but we always change things around once in
the studio, thats just the way it goes with us. we would still be
changing songs if they weren't recorded.
Musicscan: The songs on "Redeemer" cover a lot of bases musically - there's
for everyone within the extreme underground from hardcore to
and even metal or rock. Were you going for a more inclusive approach
time or did this happen by accident?
Norma Jean: we just wrote songs we liked, Norma jean has never written a song that
wasn't first and formost for us
Musicscan: When you strip Norma Jean down to its core, what would you say is the
message of your band?
Norma Jean: A message of faith and hope in this world. And that is our God and
savior Jesus Christ.
Musicscan: What happens when you go back home, any jobs to keep up with or does
Jean already pay your bills?
Norma Jean: Norma jean pays the bills. Most people don't realize but its a full
time job being in a band like this.
Musicscan: Would you say a band of your size makes more money touring or selling
Norma Jean: Its not making records for sure ha ha
Musicscan: Due to downloading music a lot of people already had "Redeemer" before
actual streetdate I guess. How do you feel about that and downloading
Norma Jean: records leaking is something that you can't avoid. so we let it not get
And downloading music. I mean everyone has downloaded music before so
its kinda hard to point a finger
Musicscan: Would you agree to say Norma Jean is still an underrated band in Europe?
Norma Jean: I dunno actually I guess we will see after this next tour.
Musicscan: How much attention you put on Europe in general and how do you remember
German shows you played so far?
Norma Jean: we try to get to Europe when we can and Germany is always a good time.
I am stoked to get back there in Jan
Musicscan: Anything left you want to say?
Norma Jean: Europe needs to find out about real BBQ and get lots of it everywhere