Sixty Seconds 

with Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage

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Indy: Your guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz, had a big hand in writing your previous CD, The End of Heartache. But your latest disc, As Daylight Dies, was more of a collaboration between the whole band. Do you see a difference in the CDs because of the different approaches?

HJ: I think the [new] album flows a bit better than The End of Heartache. I think it's an easier listen from beginning to end.

Indy: The End of Heartache was your first CD with Killswitch Engage. Did the success of that album make doing Daylight easier for you?

HJ: There was definitely a bit of pressure, just doing The End of Heartache, my first album with the band. And I tried not to let it get to me, but there definitely was a bit there. It did OK. ... So with this album, I wasn't really thinking about pressure. I just wanted to make an album that I was happy with. And everybody else was happy with my performance on it.

Indy: You've said you weren't totally sold on Killswitch when you first heard the two albums with original singer Jesse Leach. How did your impressions of the music change after that?

HJ: It was just when I first heard it, I thought it was just very sterile because they had had really good production, and ... the songs were structured really well. So I was like, "OK, that's kind of cool, but it's not my thing." I listened to it again, and was like, "OK, there are a few things I like." Listened to it again, "Oh, this isn't bad." It just started growing on me. The next thing I knew, I was auditioning.

At Denver's Fillmore Auditorium, Dec. 12.


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