Story & Photo by Debbie Milliern
Killjay’s lead singer Mark Clingan of Amory, Ms started writing poetry when he was very young and then picked up a guitar at the age of 17, then all the poetry became lyrics to songs, from day one I have always wanted to create my own music.
Clingan said his influences started with Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Metallica, Slayer and Sabbath,but most of all when he first heard Black Sabbath it changed his life and his life took shape from there.
Killjay started the Summer of 2001 as just a get together to jam and have fun but then who knew someone stopped by the practice place and wanted to hire us for a party and we have been playing live shows since.
Every song is written by Killjay. Mark is the primary song writer in the band. Mark states , ” He can come up with the basic idea and structure and give it the rest of the guys and they run with it. Overtime we’ve figured out who’s good at doing what and we’ve learned to come together as song writers to really construct the best song out of an idea.
Mark says,” The process isn’t hard but it is challenging for example; our last album “The Verdict” , there’s alot of good songs on there so it’s hard to follow up with something better. It’s a challenge but I love it. I like to push the boundaries cause it’s fun. I don’t do anything special to get into to the creation mode because , I’m INSANE. I kind of stay in the creation mode..
“Music is my life, this isn’t what I do, it’s what I am”, he said.
We record in a cabin in the middle of the woods, yes seriously, where no cell phone service, internet, or satellite tv just us and the music. It’s hard to write and record with the distractions of everyday life.
Our new album “Revolution Bell” was produced and recorded by Seeking Seven’s Robb Ross, who joined the band while working on the album and will be out Saturday , July 13, 2013. And this is Killjay’s 4th album.
Every album we do is always Bigger and Better than the one before, so a new album is always the most important thing we’ve ever done . Then playing tons of shows to get the songs out to the public to hear, which means being on the road. It’s fast, crazy and chaotic but at times can be dull and boring. When you get to a new town you have the excitement of meeting new fans and putting on a great show that makes all the other stuff well worth it .
Another thing when you’re in a band like this, sometimes life happens and you’re forced to make some difficult decisions and you don’t get any time back that you have wasted, so in other words don’t waste time on people and/or things that can potentially hold you back.
“I have two instruments that I love, one is my EV767 Microphone and the other is my ASC guitar which was my first endorsement so it’s very special to me,” said Clingan.
In addition, I’d like to personally and publically thank my band mates Trey Swords, Jamie Caples, Sean(Emo Slayer) Frank, and Robbie Ross. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone, it takes an enormous amount of dedication and sacrifice. I can’t thank them enough for all they do. I also wanted to give Robb a major shout out , not only as my friend and guitar player but as an amazing producer that has made this album into the best thing that I ‘ve ever been a part of. Also I wanted to give a special thanks to Debbie Milliern and everyone at The Packet for giving us the coverage that they do, without the media no one would know what we’re doing so Thank You!!!!
Also at the CD Release Party it was announced that Robbie Ross was going back too his band and Jamie and Dan were new members of Killjay.
The album will be available at sites like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more..
Image gallery with more pics of Killjay and of Ridin’ Durty: