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
only three members are listed with no guitarist. Are there still only
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
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
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.