Simon : We have been keeping a relatively low profile since we have recorded our new album, but we are now gearing up to promote the release by doing interviews and establishing networks world wide.
In terms of differing from the previous EP, the "Green Mosquito" ep was recorded, mixed and mastered in 5 days so was kind of rushed. Also it was recorded in a studio which was filled with top of the line vintage valve gear which is all good, but at the end of the day you can only do so much with vintage gear. The new "On Earth" album by comparison took about 10 months to complete on a part time basis. Just getting it mixed cost almost as much as the entire "Green Mosquito" ep cost to make. Plus we got a world class mastering engineer (Leon Zervos - Muse, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5, Beastie Boys, Interpol, Santana, Dream Theater, Robyn, Rihanna etc) to master it so obviously it gonna sound a little better
Simon : Many of the songs have been hand picked from a vast back catalogue spanning almost 20 years. The older songs have more of a heavier edge while the newer ones have more of a grunge based vibe with a little bit of psychedelia mixed in as well. It doesn't differ a great deal from our previous ep.
Simon : We/I don't write about specific topics as such, but relay "a certain frame of mind" personal experiences that are universal and that many people will relate to. I try to write positive messages with spiritual undertones within our music and also try to express ideals that many would yearn for.
We in the process now of writing a full bio for wikipedia which includes all the pre Jupiter Zeus stuff. It really will make for an interesting story.
Simon : We really try to have fun on stage and attempt to display passion of our music and a degree of professionalism. Feeding off the crowd is part and parcel of the whole experience. One of our best shows goes back to the late 1990s when we were known under a different name (Nebula) supporting Paradise Lost in our home town Perth.
Simon : We would love to play some shows overseas, but we are doing the wait and see approach. Any opportunities that present themselves to play at certain music festivals etc, I dare say we will "pounce" on them.
The other bands on the label which are similar to us include Ironweed, Summoner, Akuma and they've also released vinyl stuff for "Owl" which is a side project of Chris Whyse from "The Cult". I saw Owl in Los Angeles a few years ago by co-incidence and thought they where cool as.
Simon : They are an independent label based in Albany, New York state. We are thrilled to have signed a 2 album deal with them.
Simon : Early days yet, but early indications suggest that this record will be well received.
Simon : We are still keen to re-record many songs from our vast back catalogue for our next album, but we won't be scared of doing some experimentation with different sounds such as acoustic and even techno sounds. I still believe we will retain heavy guitars and rock vibes because that's what we love to play.
Simon : We are influenced by many bands and genres, but it would be safe to say our main influences are from the 60s/70s rock/metal era. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple etc. Even Pink Floyd and the Beatles are huge influences of our sound. These days I personally like to listen to Australian bands such as Tame Impala (also from Perth) and even The Temper Trap.
Simon : Most of the members have kids so obviously family based activities are a must and important to maintain. Personally I like to engage in horticultural pursuits such as growing herbs etc I think it is important to get involved in other things/hobbies in order to maintain a sense of balance.
Simon : Cheers for the interview and interest in Jupiter Zeus!