Victorian two piece Jackson Firebird have had their new album ‘Cock Rockin‘ out for a couple of weeks now and have been busy touring the country to launch it. They’ve kept the album cheap and you can grab it for under a tenner [Here]. There are a handful of Victorian shows remaining on the tour. We caught up with the guys to answer our On The Record questions this week to find out a little more about the album. Expand this post to check out their answers.
Tell us about the release title.
Cock Rockin’ Came about after the track of the same name was written, When we play a show we usually head into to give it our all, go as hard as we can and just let it all hang out! So we felt that it would be fitting to call the album Cock Rockin. There was talk whilst organizing the art work that we could use another track title so the title wasn’t so in your face but you know we like our rock n roll and when we play it’s all loud and in your face!! The rock that is..
Tell us about the artwork.
The art work was done by a company called Debaser we had a few things in mind in the early stages but once these guys through some images around it started to evolve. There was cars doing burnouts to chicks riding rockets but we finally settled with the cover with the girl and flames. I feel that all the ideas are in the whole package.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
Cock Rockin will be released in hard case throughout most stores it will be able to be purchased online digitally through various sites like iTunes & Amazon.com. We are also going to be doing a run of vinyl to be sold at our shows.
Who will it be released through, and when?
We are Releasing through Warner in Australia and New Zealand. It has also been released in Japan through P-Vine Records
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
The recording of Cock Rockin took place at Mix Masters Studio’s in Blackwood in the Adelaide hills. We had heard of a guy by the name of Mick Wordley and that he was the guru of capturing live sound onto tape, so we tracked him down at a Fuse Festival where we were playing and had a chat about our sound, he had seen us live and thought he could help. Not knowing the full capability of this man we ended up at his studio in the hills and started laying down tracks..
Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
As mentioned we worked with Mick Wordley the owner of Mix Master Studio’s in Adelaide. When Dale and l started talking about this record we decided that we wanted to get a live feel to it. Jackson Firebird’s main deal is the live show and in the past recordings we thought we hadn’t captured that essence, we were still happy with them but felt it lacked that liveliness of our live show to them. Mick has travelled the world capturing live recordings and does such an amazing job at it we thought it would be a great fit for our record, also he deals with and still prefers to record onto tape. We were keen to get that old school warm rock sound.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
Not real! The funny thing about this album was that we didn’t have any deadlines, sceduals, or time restraints we just wanted to record an album in our time so as we traveled around the country playing gig’s we would drop into Mix Master and lay down some tracks. I think all up there would have been 12 days in the studio over 14 months. So it was quite spread out and tracks and sound changed over that time.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Not really we live in a small country town and like to just play what to us sound’s rocking but yeah im sure there is some subconscious influences coming through we both listen to the same styles and have been brought up on similar music ranging from The Easybeats to Pantera..
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
No not really!
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
A lot of this album was recorded in the same room and we tried to get those one taker’s. Once we were happy with the bed tracks we dropped the vocals and other guitar part’s over but being a two piece there aint much more to do. We tried to keep it as real as possible so we could play it the same way live.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
Yeah, in the past we just tried to get the drum track down and then build the song up from there.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
No we didn’t bring anybody onboard.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
I think the only thing we used besides the bottle bin was one of those large blue water containers that you see on dispensers for cold water, that features in the break down part of ‘Goin Out West’.
Any memorable studio moments?
It was all memorable for me but it was funny to see Micks reaction when we would come in after time away from the studio and tell him that we wanted to change something, ha! l think we had to much time to listen and think about things. 9 time out 10 we would go back to the original recording. Poor guy!!
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
No but we have some more that we have been working on which will be nice to take into the studio soon.
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
All of them!!!!!
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
Solid!! It’s a huge step up for our sound and we are really stoked that it has turned out this way.
Anything else you want to say or tell us about the release?
Cock Rockin is out now at all good record store’s, we are looking forward to touring and getting out on the road so come catch a show!!!!
Thanks for your time Bombshellzine JF appreciate it!!
JACKSON FIREBIRD – Cock Rockin’
Out now via Warner Music.
Listen to samples from the album, and purchase for just $9.99 [Here]
Catch them live on these remaining shows of the tour
21st – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick [18+]
22nd – The Loft, Warrnabool [18+]
28th – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick [18+]
30th – The Setts, Mildura [18+]