We’re extending the GigRadar compass out to Slovakia with the discovery of exciting post-hardcore band Jamming With The Devil.
The Žilina band formed a couple of years ago and, after a few lineup changes, have honed a catchy punk-fuelled post-hardcore sound that offers plenty of melody with a really heavy edge.
The band sent us latest track Edge of the World to get a feel for their sound. It opens up with high-pitched repeating guitars that continue under laid-back vocals, with a twinkling guitar lick creeping in. Chunky guitars come in and give way to lively riffs under heavy screamed vocals of “I can’t let go my sins” over pounding drums.
Singalong vocals “It’s time to say goodbye to all of you who let me down, It’s time to say goodbye to all of you who let me die” take over, then cool stabbing riffs take over and are joined by more huge screams.
Big doomy stabbing guitars come in and feed into lighter, more atmospheric guitars under repeats of the engaging vocals “When I was broken at the edge of the world, And i was hoping that you were here too, But now I’m broken at the edge of the world because of you” with the instrumentals increasing in heaviness. Check it out in the video below:
That’s the latest in a series of singles over the last couple of years, including the previous Without You, which you can check out in the video below:
We had a chat with frontman Tomas Ferenc to find out more about this exciting band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Jamming With The Devil?
TF: “We are post-hardcore band from Slovakia. We started this band in 2016 and recorded two singles Top of the Mountain and Paradox. Then we played a lot of shows in Slovakia and Czech republic. Then one of the former bands players Miroslav Hronsky left and JWTD broke up for about a year and band was not active.
“New JWTD formed in 2018 with Tomas Medvedik (guitar), Anton Kuric (bass) and David Palutka (drums) and we recorded new singles Walls and Without You in 2019. In November 2019 David Palutka left the band and Martin Mikolaj takes his place. In 2020 JWTD released new single Edge Of The World. Now the band is working on new songs.”
GR: Tell us more about Edge of the World. What should people be expecting from the track?
TF: “This song is the heaviest song we ever recorded. This song starts soft, but then the breakdowns hit. Atmospheric chorus and aggressive screaming parts with melodic soft end. This song has strong lyrics. It is about saying goodbye to all the people who let us down. To the past that is blocking our way to the light and success. This is not the life we want to live and it is because of the shit people and memories that is holding is back.”
GR: How would you describe the Jamming With The Devil sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
TF: “The sound is classic and modern. Catchy riffs and breakdowns. Wanted to make it really heavy, but still have that JWTD sound so it is still our way of making music. Multiple styles in one song that we love. If you like soft melodic singing parts it is there and if you want to headbang and scream it is there too.”
GR: What influences to you write music?
TF: “Well the topics are mainly from my life. I had some mental issues and not good experiences so i want to express it in the music. Everything is very personal and i think music is great way to express what i feel and can help people. They can find same problems in the lyrics and maybe it will help them in some way.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your key influences?
TF: “A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong, Periphery, Biffy Clyro, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, Architects.”
GR: What have you got coming up through 2020?
TF: “we are preparing for some new recording. We want to make our first EP, but want to make it different. Trying to make new approach with some fresh sounds and heavier tunes. So looking forward for this. We have some plans playing in different countries, but this coronavirus is a problem so we will see how it will turn out.”
Anything else you’d like people to know about Jamming With The Devil?
TF: “We really put our heart into it and every song is better and better. We really want to say support your local bands and go to their gigs. It is the best feeling in the world when people show up and band can show what is in them.”