"I don't know." - Job For A Cowboy's Jonny Davy can't explain to MaF about his band's success...

"We’re just having fun. We write whatever we want to write and see what happens. Let’s not worry about sounding like anything, worry about not being heavy enough or fast enough"...

Job For A Cowboy are currently on the Metal Alliance tour and have a brand spanking new album out called Demonocracy. Their debut album Genesis (2007) peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard 200 chart. Not bad for a “death metal” band. In 2009, Ruination debuted at No. 42. What kind of alchemy is this? For those answers and more, I spoke with lead singer Jonny Davy to see if he could offer some insight as to why Job For A Cowboy is just so dang good. “I have absolutely no idea. I think your guess is as good as mine. We just had a lot of momentum through the power of the internet. I don’t even know. It was a surprise to me. Yeah, we sold our soul. At one point, Satan came to us and made a deal and we went with it. Again, I have no idea; it’s totally a surprise to me. I’m just doing what I do. I’m having fun and somehow all the fun I’m having is leading to success.”

Part of the success of Job For A Cowboy is definitely being on the road touring. They’ve played such bone crushing festivals as Download, Wacken and Hellfest. Every fan has their favourite to attend, what is Jonny’s favourite to play? he says Wacken hands down. “It’s a really cool variety of genres of music at Wacken. The whole thing is such a crazy metal crowd and they are so enthusiastic. It’s mind blowing. Each time we play there it’s been 40 to 60 thousand people, in that range. It’s just a different vibe than the other ones. I hope we play it again.” I asked Jonny if he sees a difference in American audiences versus those in Europe, especially Germany where heavy metal music is such a part of the culture. “ Yeah, without a doubt. Over there in Europe it’s just die-hard fans that revolve all their lives around it (metal music). So much more of a culture over there than it is in America.”

The Job For A Cowboy line up was always in flux. At times it resembled the Iron Maiden family tree; everybody was in the band at some point. With so many people coming and going, I wondered how any type of consistency of sound and vision could ensue. Jonny assures me this was necessary and even could be seen as a good thing. “I think like you said with the revolving door, we started at such a young age. I was around sixteen years old, all the members were. At that age so many things can come up. If we would’ve started at my age now, I’m in my mid-20s along with the rest of the band, it would have been a much different story with members coming and going. But with the consistency, I don’t know. I feel like the band honestly has changed quite a bit every record. I feel like there is a huge progression every record we put out one after the other. I don’t know. Obviously the guys that come in don’t want to completely change the sound entirely. It’s just worked out. We’ve been lucky.”

Part of that luck has been the addition of Nick Schendzielos on bass and Tony Sannicandro on guitar. In past interviews, it’s been said that Ruination seems “immature” in comparison to Demonocracy. Jonny explains it thus, “Number one, the line up between Nick and Tony is such a huge improvement for the band musically. It kind of made us up our A-game for the older members. We had to improve because they are so good. Maturity and natural progression, I do feel like there is a contrast. I don’t know. We don’t want to keep making the same record over and over again. We’re the type of band that wants to make sure we improve every time.”

When one listens to Demonocracy you can hear so many genres. It had shades of acid jazz, black metal, doom, experimental, prog rock, thrash, hardcore; the list goes on and on. Job For A Cowboy throws everything in the compositions but the kitchen sink. They are definitely not making the same record over and over again. Their change and growth musically works for them. I asked Davy if that was intentional or just a by-product of the writing process. “I don’t know. It was one of those things we didn’t sit down one day and say to ourselves we need to write this record. This record needs to be this heavy. This record needs to be this fast. We just sat down and told ourselves do whatever we want and everything came out that way. I’m glad it went in that direction and we didnt try to force something out. I’m glad it works. We’re just having fun. We write whatever we want to write and see what happens. Let’s not worry about sounding like anything, worry about not being heavy enough or fast enough. I don’t know. It was just really fun. I think that after listening to the record people can tell we had a good time making it.”