Melbourne’s Jericco recently released their debut full length ‘Beautiful In Danger‘. They’ll be out on the road to launch it shortly, in the meantime, you can pick up a copy on CD [Here] or digitally via iTunes [Here]. This week we caught up with Roy from the band to answer our Hotseat questions. Expand this post to take a read of his answers and see their dates.
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Name : Roy Amar
Band : Jericco
Job In Band : Bass, Oud, HypeMan
Website Address : jericco.com.au
Hometown : My home now is Melbourne, Australia. I am originally from Israel.
Hometown is best known for : Best live music scene / venues, coffee, food, Sons Of Anarchy Elwood crew yeeeeee haha
Best venue in your hometown : There is soooo many awesome venues and every one of those venues has got it’s own character. My favorite is The Forum Theatre it’s just breathtaking.
Favourite show you’ve seen in your hometown : Seen so many shows in Melbs, international and local bands, it’s a tough one mate haha… I’ll have to say Refused at The Palace it was powerful and emotional on all levels and I got kicked in the head in the pit haha.. sooooo worth it.
Favourite show you’ve played in your hometown : All shows are incredible , I remember our first EP launch back in 2009 at packed out Espy in St Kilda at the front bar. Chicks were stage diving…. Love that chaos, it was electrifying.
How did the band first come to exist? I was hunting musicians to join my dream band 4 years ago. I was going through the street press papers looking for hard rock gigs to go to so that I could check out the players in action. I guess I was looking for more of a true friend personality than someone that was full of that “look at me I’m the best muso in the world” ego. Didn’t want that type of douche bag. I think I did really well, they are amazing musicians and my best friends.. We are a family.
How long has the band been going? Jericco has been together since 2009 sooo.. 4 years. It has been an amazing 4 years of my life.
Any particular story behind the name? Well Jericho is a city, an ancient city in the Middle East with an incredible story behind it. I am an Israeli by birth and because of where I’m coming from it brings a lot of middle eastern elements in our music. I decided to spell it slightly differently from the original name for copywriting reasons. J E R I C C O done.. it resonates.
What’s your most recent release? Tell us a little about it… Our debut record ‘Beautiful In Danger’ is an incredible record. It is a little bit different from what we used to write but still is a totally kick arse Jericco style record. We dropped a lot of the Prog element to more straight solid anthem rock/hard rock style which we love to play and listen to. The whole record from start to finish is a bit of a journey where every song has got it’s own character. You’ll just have to get it, crank it and go through the motions. The record was released on April 19th through MGM and broke through the top 100 iTunes mainstream charts and peaked at number 12 on the Rock charts which is amazing. We never expected so much love from our fans and music lovers… you rock. And.. my girlfriend loves it.
Got a personal stand out achievement of your band to date? I guess there is many little milestones in our short career. We have done a lot in these 4 years. Played hundreds of shows, played some amazing kick ass festivals, supported and toured with Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Mammal and many more. Personally, when our brand new record broke through the iTunes mainstream charts and number 12 on the rock charts in the last few days I have been pretty speechless, I am sooooo proud of these songs that been created in my bedroom. It’s pretty damn cool. That’s my little rock star moment.
OFF THE STAGE
What was your first introduction to music that made you think seriously about playing it? As long as I can remember I was always into music. I come from a family of musicians and big music lovers and I guess my dad’s Elvis, Zeppelin and Sabbath vrecords did it for me.
Any particular band / album or song that you personally credit as a major influence? God bless Ozzy.. he is my hero, till this day I am still listening to this old rockstar and loving the songs again and again.
Your first band name, and what style did you play? My first ever band was Edipus. It sounded a little bit like The Pixies and The Ramones.
Most prized music related item you own? Nothing big but pretty of my certificates from the orchestra I played with when I was a kid haha, still working really hard on my Grammy though.
When you’re not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing? Thinking about band related stuff haha, Going to see my mates bands.. And well we all still got our shitty day jobs, my day job… I hate it so much that it doesn’t even warrant a mention a mention.. sorry
The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is… The tension just before you go on stage. It’s the best feeling ever! Oh and after you play your last track on the set list and crowd is just going mental, that’s wicked. Of course I love the travelling through our amazing country. I love airports, to be stuck in a stinky fart van with 4 of your best mates, hmmm… PRICELESS.
The thing you least look forward to before a tour is… Finishing the tour and going back to realty
ON THE STAGE
When on offer, what’s your one must have item on the rider? Haha that’s easy. MILK… I’m an addict and I love it.
Favourite place you’ve toured… and why? I remember when we did this massive tour with Dead Letter Circus we drove from Warnambool to Adelaide through the desert. We got a bit lost because our shity GPS was high on something. We pulled over on the freeway with a surrounding of nothing everywhere to be seen. That was magic, really cool, you should all get lost sometime!
Most memorable show you’ve played? and why? Definitely The Metro in Perth supporting Karnivool. That venue is mental haha, it’s like the inside of a transformer. All you can see from the stage at first is the general admin crowd, which is huge, but then you look up and there is people all the way to the top and all around the sides. It’s really cool.
Got a favourite song to play live? I love to play ‘Monsters’. When the dubstep sample kicks in and locks in with my bass and the drums it’s just mind blowing. There is so much energy in that track.. good fun.
Any embarrassing on stage moments come to mind? Not really, things have been going pretty smooth until now.
Any pre-show rituals? Stretching and a bit of band man love!
What do you find is the hardest aspect of touring in a band today? The funds to keep doing it. Especially if you’re an independent band like us. You want to keep touring and playing as many shows you could possibly fit but it costs a lot. Not every band can afford to fly everywhere and although Jericco has been doing pretty well for ourselves there are so many places we want to go and smash a gig. Sometimes you just have to wait a bit.
Last song you listened to? ‘Beautiful in Danger’ by Jericco haha, usually you don’t really listen to your own music that much but this song is just doing it to me all the time.
Last album you acquired? Bring Me The Horizon new record, amazing stuff and not too heavy like in their last record, I like it.
Which band or album is currently on high rotation? The new record from The Strokes and Bring Me The Horizon.
Tell us an up and coming band or artist you think we should go and listen to right now? Our very best mates Circles from Melbourne. Wait until you hear their debut record, they’re going to be hugeeeeeeeee, sick dudes & sick musicians.
What’s on the cards for the next few months for the band? So much planned haha. Firstly we are touring our debut record all over Australia. I’ve got this awesome idea to cover our best tracks with an acoustic / middle eastern / blues / rock vibe, play it live and release it. It’s totally on the cards. I’m actually writing the next record (7 tracks demoed) at the moment. We also have a film clip that we are filming at the moment, then tour and tour and probably tour, sooooooo see you on the road hey?
You can pick any one album for your band to cover in full, what would it be and why? Shiahd – General Electric, The best rock album ever, huge riffs, huge drums and the vox BOOMMMMMM.
You can pick any one band / artist to cover one of your albums in full, what would it be, and why? Haha.. sick… I would get Radiohead to do it for sure, soooooo cool, their sound over our tunes.. I can actually hear it, beautiful.
One band you wish you were able to see live but never had the chance? INXS – never seen them live. They are an amazing band.
One venue you have yet to play that you would love to? I just want to play at The Forum in Melbourne. I love this venue.
The chance comes up to fill in for a member of a band for one tour, which band would it be, and why? Clutch, FAARRRKKKKK YEEEEAAAHH, bring on those riffs. That would be really cool.
A headline tour overseas comes up, tell us two bands you’d take along to support your band. We’re talking imaginary yeah??? I’d have Refused as main support and get The Rolling Stones to open.. No rider for you Mr Jagger hehe.
Got any final words? First go to iTunes or our online merch store or JB HiFi and get the new record ‘Beautiful in Danger’ it will blow your socks right off! Then come and check it out live.
JERICCO – Beautiful In Danger
Available now, grab it on CD [Here].
17th – Annandale Hotel, Sydney
18th – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor (Free Entry)
25th – Gershwin Room, The Espy, St Kilda
7th – Enigma Bar, Adelaide
QLD and WA dates TBA shortly.