In a story originally broken by Ghost Cult in 2019, Job for A Cowboy has officially announced their comeback and they are working on a new album due in 2021. The band gave an exclusive interview to Metal Sucks, with part 2 and even more detail revealed! The bulk of that album is set to be recorded in October and November. Jason Suecof — who produced the band’s previous three album — will once again be handling production duties.
It’s been nearly six years, but frontman Jonny Davy has finally broken the band’s silence in an exclusive chat with MetalSucks, just as rumors begin to swirl of a new record.
“Yeah! That part of it is super interesting, we never expected the ‘hype’ considering we’ve been gone for so long,” Davy offers on how much interest a pair of cryptic social posts generated earlier this year. “I think the majority of us assumed that being out of the picture, out of the lime light, not making our presence known, that the ship would sail and people would just forget about us. Surprisingly it’s had the opposite effect.”
We ask Jonny the obvious: what the hell have you guys been doing all this time?
Normie life, as it turns out. “Tony [Sannicandro], the guitar player, is working on his medical degree,” he tell us, a most unexpected turn from the shredder and former MetalSucks columnist. “A couple of guys in the band went back to school,” he continues, “and I went back to college to work on my computer programming degree.” Jonny demurs when we ask what kind of work he does now with that degree in hand, not wanting to mix his “professional” life with his band, other than to say he does “scripting for large scale database management that’s essentially scaled all across the world.”
Then he drops the bombshell: “I got married, I had a kid, so that puts a lot of things on hold quite a bit. That was probably the biggest brunt of it, on my end. I know a lot of the guys wanted to tour but around that time my wife got pregnant so that just kinda put everything on hold.” After kid number one came kid number two, as so often is the case. Jonny’s little ones are currently five and two years old, keeping his hands busy when they aren’t on the keyboard.
Good old-fashioned burnout was also a factor in JFAC’s extended absence. After performing 250 shows in one year at the band’s height of activity, some of the members simply grew tired of it and craved stability. “At that point, we were all pretty burnt out, to be honest. I think a lot of the guys were kinda torn, I think the band was split half and half wanting to tour and the other half needed a break.” Jonny insists the lengthy break was not intended: “I don’t think any of us expected it to take this long, by any means.”
The flame to pursue Job For a Cowboy again was reignited when Davy, along with Sannicandro and fellow guitarist Al Glassman, put out a record under the Serpent of Gnosis moniker last year. Job For a Cowboy had been doing what Davy refers to as “on and off writing” over a period of three years, but getting together in a more serious capacity to make As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation “was the catalyst of everything,” he explains. “We talked about [JFAC] here and there [before that] but I think once we got in the groove again [with Serpent], we got excited about doing another [JFAC] record.”