We caught up with Dustin From Walls of Jericho who have just released their new album 'No One Can Save You From Yourself'

M: How would you compare the music industry now to when you first entered it?

W: I would say that the music industry now is definitely a lot smaller than what it used to be.  It’s a lot more guarded as far as who is involved and as far as who gets chances and who doesn’t get chances. I think there’s a lot more sincerity when it comes to the music aspect of things when it comes to the hard -core community, there’s less people trying to get into to hard-core because they want to be famous.  There’s more of the serious core is what people are calling it now, there’s more of that going on and there’s less  of the whole ‘everybody’s trying to be famous’ people are trying to bring the message back again which is really positive. 

It used to not be like that, so to me it was like people used hard-core as a gateway to get into mainstream.   I think the people that are getting into hard-core now  are using it because they understand the message that is being brought forward to everything. The music industry is shaping and molding itself to accommodate what’s going on, so it’s definitely interesting.

M: do you prefer intimate gigs or larger venues

W: I think Walls of Jericho in general we all like the small gigs, I mean our CD came out today and were playing in Detroit tonight  which is our hometown  and it’s only a 400 capacity club. So I mean were trying to make things as intimate as possible like a lot of the things that we’ve got coming up. We’re playing  in the UK may 1st at The Borderline  and that’s only like a 350 capacity club, it’s a small place so  we’re expecting it to be pretty crazy which should be fun .

M: What point did you realise you wanted to be a full time musician

W: As soon as I realised that it was possible that was always the goal.  I was raised in a musical family, my mum and dad were full time musicians for a long time, playing in the bands and stuff on regional level. They played every single weekend and that’s how they made their money and that was also back in the day when a cover band would be in the same club for five days and it would be packed in there.  That doesn’t even exist anymore, unless you’re like Steel Panther or something, but growing up and watching them function it was one of those deals where I was just like ‘that would be so cool if I could just play the drums every day and not have to punch some clock ‘so I think that that’s what drew me to the music scene I got drawn into because it was more realistic.  Being in a punk and hard-core band rather than being in some stupid radio rock band and thinking ‘maybe this guy will hear our song man’ it’s like no dude that doesn’t exist.  So there was more of a sincere approach to this music scene.  But that was always the goal to have a seven inch and if we can sell a thousand of them we can go on tour we’ll be good to go, as long as you can eat every day who cares?

 M: What advice would you give to bands starting in the metal scene at the moment?

W: I would suggest you do what you want to do and not try to sound like everybody else, because it will get you no-where.  Right now in metal, everything is very similar, everything as far as even how the records sound, and they’re just real similar. 

There’s a really cool movement going on right now with the whole post metal world being really big. There are bands like Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats and   bands like Baroness and all those bands they took metal and they’re kind of doing something a little bit different with it,  they kind of went the Black Sabbath route and obviously Mastodon had a lot to do with that. Before Mastodon there was Neurosis.  It was just like that stuff is getting really big now  and the whole  over produced  double bass that the whole metal scenes kind of dying so I just I kind of want everybody to listen to those bands and be like yeah let’s do that because that’s stuffs way cooler than super-fast boring stuff, I mean I’m a drummer and I have a ton of double bass stuff and I get bored of it, it’s like ‘come on how many times do I have to do this?’ It’s just old and played out to a point and I think if you’re going to get into the metal scene now then you should look at what’s going on around you and understand that the reason why those bands are getting big again because bands like Black Sabbath and bands like Led Zeppelin are the ones that basically invented metal so they’re paying homage to that. There’s a reason why they were so massive when they came out because they were great,  and they had  hooks and they were groovy and all that stuff,  so I would say you should look to your peers for inspiration but don’t try to sound like everybody else, that’s the only thing I’d say.

M: are there any underground bands that you’re currently listening to

W: To be honest  with you I seriously just listen to gangster rap all day long, so I mean like I listen to A$ap Rocky, J Cole and Kendrick Lamar.  I don’t really listen to new metal that much just because like I said before it’s all really the same and boring,  I mentioned Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats just because I toured with those guys a couple of months ago and I think the band is great  but they’re not very underground, to me they are pretty big.  I can’t really think of anything right now that really sparks my interest at the moment, I’ve been on one huge rap kick and that’s all I’ve been listening to just all day long, just rap.

M: do you want to tell them a little bit about your new album

W: The new album is called 'No One Can Save You From Yourself' and  it comes out March 25th, I think it’s the most stripped down straight forward and vocally honest records we’ve probably ever done. It’s very it’s a very tremulous record as far as what we were talking about,  I think that once you actually listen to it and understand what we’re saying it sticks with you.