Your latest album “Epic Tales Of Human Nature” was an amazing record, each song was unique and had its own flare of individuality. What was the writing process like on that record and how do you continually keep coming up with fresh and unique songs?
Thank you. We wrote a good portion of the songs via sending tracks back and forth between A handful of songs were written on the spot in the studio. We've always had the ability as an entity to tap in to the moment while drawing from past, present and future personal experience.
You’ve toured with very prominent acts in the heavy metal world, one of the most notable was Marilyn Manson. Could you tell us a little bit about what touring with Manson was like?
Playing with Manson and so many other great acts is always an enriching experience for us to learn from the bands that have inspired us over the years. Strangely enough, I actually ended up in a band called Loser (Island Def-jam) with John 5 not too long after that, it's a small world we live in.
What bands inspired you to begin playing music and are those the same bands that inspire your today?
We all have different musical backgrounds and continue to draw from unique and diverse sources, everyone from Marley to Slipknot. In our formative years as a band we definitely drew from the likes of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Janes Addiction, Tool, and so many more.
In 2004 Jibe was on track to blow up in the hard rock world yet the band suddenly away from everything. Could you explain the reasons behind the 2004 break up?
There were a lot of internal conflicts that had been brewing over the years as the band pulled itself apart; the hardest part of any great relationship is always holding it together.
What caused Jibe to reconcile after eleven years apart, and were you surprised by the reaction from your fan base when you announced your reunion show?
Timing is everything in a volatile situation like combustible rock bands and none of us were truly prepared for it until 2015. We never expected the kind of response to our reforming, however, we definitively sensed that it was greater than any of our petty differences. We're truly blessed and grateful to have this amazing opportunity to realize our destiny.
**Question for Joe Grah** For many years while you were in Jibe you abused alcohol and drugs and were known to be one of the more outlandish and wild frontman in rock music. What caused you to pursue sobriety and leave the drugs and partying behind?
I spent a good portion of my life believing I needed something outside myself to fully be free. Now I realize that I can have a good time but don't have become a fucking tragic cliché and kill myself.
Your LP “The Human Condition” was mixed by Grammy nominated producer Toby Wright who has worked with bands prestigious bands like Metallica and Alice In Chains. What was it like working with Toby in the studio?
Toby is an amazing person and a real creative force. He really took the sonic elements of this record to another level.
Many people today believe that rock and metal are dying off. Whats your opinion on that statement?
Tides change and so do we as a species, we're simply not meant to exist on a linear level. Great art and music will always stand the test of time.
What has given JIbe the tenacity to push through all the obstacles in their way and continue on with your music when many bands just throw in the towel?
The ability to overcome individually divided egos and a sincerely deep desire to realize our common goals for the greater good, and of course the music.
What can we expect to see next from Jibe?
Touring, a feature documentary, singles & videos, connecting with the outside world.
Thanks a lot guys! Amazing record by the way. Cheers.
Thank you so much for taking the time to ask these questions.