Interview with THE JUDEX Raw and pure emotion...

RocksFanzine: Who are in the band? Explain to us something about The Judex story
The Judex: The Judex as of now consists of a three-piece: Sean on bass, William sings, Jason plays guitar. We’ve had a rotating drummer position throughout the recording process.

RF: How do you like define your music and style?
TJ: We purposely like to keep that a bit vague as we believe it’s important for the intended audience to color it in for themselves, so to speak. Certainly there’s a thrashy, garage-rock element and some proto-punk mixed in. 

RF: Listening the first chords of your song “Cult of Judex” our first impression is some kind of sleek british-eighties sound in your music. But you’re a genuine East Coast rock-punk band. What’s the source and influences of your sound?
TJ: Thanks for listening. That song was purposely designed to be anthemic, so it’s almost like it’s accessible because it pulls you into familiarity, being a three-chord rocker. It’s essentially just a thrashy rock & roll song and we didn’t consciously imbue it with any sort of transatlantic influence, even if all of us are deeply influenced by many British artists, from Jesse Hector to Black Sabbath to Bowie. I think it’s interesting and really cool how a listener can project their own sort of flavor in reaction to a song- for example, someone else told me he thought our stuff had a ‘Detroit’ feel even if, as far as I know, none of us have ever been there.

RF: Our readers would love to discover how started your adventure. How and when you decided begin to play?
TJ: Ah. We were actually in a band together as teenagers that went through a variety of mutated line-ups made of the same circle of musicians- going on college radio, playing up and down the East Coast and so forth- but the usual youthful arguments broke us up and we went off on our separate ways. We reconnected fairly recently and found our bond and our chemistry- as well as our general philosophy and attitude about how music should be delivered- meshed better than it had when we were kids.

RF: Is your way of working — the way you write music — a joint work with all band or you develop ideas separately?
TJ: A combination of both, really. The benefit to The Judex is that we all compliment each other’s strengths and have a unified approach. This is why all songs are credited to The Judex solely- we’re a gang and each finger makes the fist, so to speak.

RF: Our readers they are avid to discover different bands as yours to impact them. Why do you think you’ll be able to hit it where other artists (even famous) have failed?
TJ: To be completely candid, other artists have made it somewhat easy for us in this respect, considering the general lack of mystique and presence they carry. For example, we in the band are- legitmately- astounded that bands wear fucking cargo shorts on stage. Performers wear band t-shirts and look at their phones on stage and don’t work to engage an increasingly disinterested audience who have the option to mingle and enjoy their drink as that band gradually becomes background noise. We’re from the James Brown school- you work the stage, kill’em and leave. It needs to be a transcendent, ceremonial experience . There should also be some degree of separation between the artist and performer, hence the shorts-on-stage comment. This is not to say every band has to look fucking Glam Rock, but we believe it’s harder to connect to a performer when they look like the guy eating chicken wings during a football game. But musicians are passive and self-centered. They expect the audience to flock to them and see their work as profound and brilliant as they see it. We believe the individual is secondary to the work. We also believe that people want to be taken by the experience- it’s just that not many people are giving it to them.

RF: What about your lyrics? Which things consider The Judex in your words?
TJ: All the things you’d expect. We’re calling out and putting lesser bands on notice and reaching out to the disenchanted. We sing about empowerment and strength in numbers and having zero tolerance for bullshit. 

RF: We are finding lately, a lot of new bands who are returning to a more pure sound and warm. It’s a sound competing with the heritage of all this “eclectic” indie bands from the 90’s. Do you think has come the time to readjust the Rock?
TJ: I don’t know, I think a lot of that is subjective and a lot of it is cyclical where music is concerned; certainly there’s a lot of bearded, folky troubadours right now because it’s trendy to do so, certainly there’s a lot of preppie guys from urban areas playing “outlaw” country because Merle Haggard is fashionable to them. Just as there’s always guys in denim vests and tight jeans wanting to be The Misfits. This sort of thing never really changes, it just depends what gets the most focus from fleeting media attention towards the particular scenes. I should hope that anything played with raw and pure emotion will connect with an audience regardless of what’s hip. I remember the early 2000s’ and a lot of hype towards retro electrónica acts as well as the elitist NY garage band thing and neither of them seemed to have lasted with any kind of staying power. Bowie was right about shunning loyalty to a genre or style; do what you like, and it’s always going to sound better. 

RF: Tell us how was the recording process of your álbum.
TJ: Right now we’ve released our debut single and are working on our e.p. ‘Return of the Split Lip’ as we speak. We basically record where we’re at then take the tapes to NYC where Mark Plati mixes it towards greatness. Mark’s fantastic because he’s an established, name producer who works on a global level with established and famous names yet still works with indie, unsigned artists as much as his schedule allows. We have about thirty songs at the moment, all pretty fist-pumping and foot-stomping which should come out on a variety of releases throughout summer and fall.

RF: Philadelphia is an amazing crib to awesome bands. There’s a lot of great musicians! Which do you think is the reason?
TJ: This is one answer where we don’t want to seem snide and dismissive but, in regards to all the great musicians, we’re waiting to meet them… and, what I mean by that is, we’re positive some great bands exist who speak a similar language to us- we just haven’t run into them yet. We look forward to doing so and contributing to the scene, should it happen. If it doesn’t? We’ll make our own scene.

RF: What other things are really important in your life — apart from music — that help keep you motivated?
TJ: As pretentious as it may come off to your readers, there’s really very little else. Our motto is “everything Judex” and we’re entirely focused on matters of the band and the maximum exposure to what we create. On a more generic level regarding that question, it’s really about creating art and the process of doing so which stirs us. No one is going to gaze longingly at your social media updates when you die. We don’t like to fuck around. Create something that lasts.

RF: Are you preparing a tour? Where?
TJ: We’ll have some gigs stateside in a couple of months; basically Philly, New York, Baltimore, and so forth. We have some gigs waiting in locales as far away as Japan and Mexico City; we’ll be announcing full gig dates in late summer.

RF: If our readers they want to buy your music, where they can do it?
TJ: Right now we’re on Bandcamp and Feedbands. In a couple of months, ‘Cult of Judex b/w Witchface’ will be available on clear red vinyl and we simply can’t wait.

Thanks The Judex. It was great listen you and talk with the band. Good luck and success!


The Judex

Proto-punk, Garage, Rock & Roll
From: Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

Label: Unsigned
Site: Bandcamp

Band Members

  • Sean
  • William
  • Jason



One Response to Interview with THE JUDEX Raw and pure emotion...

  1. Teresa Lane says:

    There has not been a band like this since The Pretenders or Psychedelic Furs.

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