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Jesse Moore of East Cameron Folkcore Talks New Album Kingdom of Fear, Touring + More

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Moore talks new disc, worst fears, future aspirations and more.

Jesse Moore of East Cameron Folkcore Talks New Album Kingdom of Fear, Touring + More

We got the chance to talk to guitarist and vocalist of East Cameron Folkcore as the band is celebrating the release of their brand new effort entitled Kingdom of Fear. Moore also talks about personal fears, future aspirations for the group, lyrical inspiration for him as a songwriter and much more. Check out our interview with Jesse Moore of East Cameron Folkcore:

Kingdom of Fear, what does this title mean to you personally?

It’s growing up and living in a world of subversion and lies for the haves to prey fear upon the have not’s in order to continue their strong arm of manipulation and control.

What would you say are some of your biggest fears?

My biggest fear is to be stagnant. To drift through the days like a robot: working, eating, shitting, working, eating, and shitting; wash and repeat. You see people living in a facade of being sold shit they can’t afford and don’t need living in McMansion houses with a family they don’t know and a job they hate. That’s my biggest fear, is to get lost in the rat race and lose perspective on everything - to become a cog in the machine.

How was the overall creative and recording process for you on this album?

It was a long and arduous process of 4 months in the studio every day for 5-10hrs overdubbing and writing and re-writing. Some days Chris Seyler (co-producer and engineer) felt more like painters than musicians in the process of just throwing paint on the canvas all day and then stepping back at the end of the day to see what we created.

We spent up to a week and a half crafting the Intro and writing and rewriting and recording and re-recording the ending until it was finished. I also got into John Cage a lot during this record and began using my field recorder to capture moments in the world to mix in with the moments captured in the studio.

One that stands out is the train at the end of “969”. I recorded that in my home town in CT while visiting my folks in the middle of making the record and it was just an accident. I had set up the recorder to get some sounds of footsteps in the leaves and right before I was about to walk by the recorder I heard the train coming and after it passed I just started running after it and that became a big shift in the record, with mixing these real world sounds and elements into the record.

Some of my favorite tracks off of the new album are “The Joke,” The Greater Fool,” “Fracking Boomtown” and “Our City.” Where do you usually draw lyrical/musical inspiration from?

Honestly in some ways, everything. I feel like the first ten to twelve years of songwriting for me was all about trying to write like someone else or to draw direct inspiration from a song that I wish I had written or an artist that I was obsessed with at the time. But as I’ve gotten older and started to listening to a lot more classical music, a lot of Mahler, Philip Glass, John Cage and Beethoven.

I began to see and hear music differently. And really I just began to hear music. I started to listen to the relationship between the notes and harmony instead of just putting together a chord progression. For the lyrics for this record my inspiration was the world we are living in and the times we are living and being a lover or history. It was about seeing these same systemic issues that have been occurring over and over and over again and wanting to write about them from an empathetic point of view of solidarity.

The music is filled with such a mixture of different genres. If you guys could tour with any artist or band out there who would it be and why?

Man, having such a huge band I know the answer to this question would be different for everyone but for me it would be whoever wants to take us on the road with them!

Last August, we got a chance to play Serengeti Festival in Germany with Flogging Molly. They played on the main stage right after we got done playing and getting a chance to watch them destroy the stage with such energy was so awesome. To watch such a big band that has survived and continued making music and touring with integrity for decades was truly inspiring.

We’re also getting to open up some shows for Frank Turner in Austria in June and we’re all extremely excited about that!

What are your future aspirations for East Cameron Folkcore?

To be able to continue to make the records we want to make, to tour the world playing and meeting new people every night. Most importantly to be able to make a living playing music and to get to go to everyone in the band some day and get to say, “Today you get to quit your shitty job to play music for a living!”

What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you and the rest of the band?

After this week of release shows performing the new record in its entirety in a multimedia, theatrical setting in our hometown of Austin, TX at the Salvage Vanguard Theater - we’ll be having a screening of a documentary our filmmaker friend made about the conception and community that the band grew from. It’s called, “The Sun Also Rises: The story of East Cameron Folkcore told in the key of love and death” at the Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin as well on April 6th.

Then we release the record in the states on April 7th and then in Europe on April 10th. We’ll be working on some more music videos and then we head overseas for month tour of festivals and club shows including Pink Pop Festival, Hurricane and Southside Festival, Orange Blossom Festival and more.

After that we plan to hit the road in the states in the end of Aug around the Muddy Roots Festival in TN that we’ll be playing over Labor Day weekend. And from there its more touring and eventually we’ll find our way back into the studio at some point.

You guys are gearing up for some major European dates. What is one non-electronic thing you must have on tour with you? Why?

Ipalat (aka only to us as: Throat Gnomes) and ginger root because my voice needs a lot of maintenance to stay in shape for four weeks of singing these songs.

Purchase East Cameron Folkcore's new disc Kingdom of Fear here via iTunes and for all of your tickets to folk and rock concerts, check CHARGED!

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