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Interviews: Spitfire

Spitfire

By: Mr. Christopher

Interview with Jimmy of Spitfire


Spitfire are a band that come at you with such a fury that you don't have much time to react, but once you get the sonic, you pay attention to the message and spirit resonant in every note, every beat, every lyrical burst. I recently had the pleasure of getting an interview with Jimmy Spitfire and here is what came about...

Smother: I read the bio you guys sent me (pretty humorous), but in your OWN words, how did Spitfire begin?

Jimmy - Spitfire was started by Matt (our old guitarist/singer) and Chris. Pretty soon after that I joined the band. We were all friends and had a common interest in heavy music.

Smother: I noticed in the bio and liner notes of The Dead Next Door that only three members are listed with no guitarist. Are there still only three members?

Jimmy - Nope, we are now a four piece. We have a new singer, John, and new guitarist, Randy. Matt is not playing with us anymore.

Smother: What does Spitfire hope to accomplish with its music and particular message?

Jimmy - For the most part we don't have an agenda as a band, but personally for me I want to be the best example of Christ that I can be. I think we all have different things that fuel our desire to play, and the collaboration is what makes our band.

Smother: I can't imagine what it must have been like trying to write the songs that are on The Dead Next Door! What was it like writing those songs?

Jimmy - Thanks, the song writing on The Dead Next Door was a really fun process. Of course its always somewhat frustrating, but for the most part it was done with a really open minded view of how a song should be structured. Matt was responsible for most of the old material, and we contributed our ideas to create the songs.

Smother: What have been the best and worst parts about being a band?

Jimmy - The only negative aspect from my perspective is some of the sacrifices I've had to make. The greatest part of our band is the friends I've made, traveling, and just getting to perform. Heres a bad story...we were driving at night in the rocky mountains this summer and one of our back tires exploded. Luckily we didn't get hurt, but we lost lots of sleep and lots of money.

Smother: It seems to me that a lot of Christian Hardcore bands have strayed from the "Christian" label and such. Do you notice this and if so, why do you think this is?

Jimmy - I agree, and I think to an extent we have strayed from being considered a stereotypical "Christian band". I think that bands who are ministry orientated are awesome, but that comes with a lot of responsibility, and I think a lot of people don't want that responsibility. You also can't force God to work through your band, he does things on his terms not ours, so I think he uses different people in different ways and thats crossed over into the music scene too. I hope that makes sense...

Smother: Well, to wrap things up, what is in store for Spitfire next. Any touring, album recording?

Jimmy - We are currently writing for our new record, and we plan to record with Brian McTernan over the Christmas break.


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