On August 24, Natalie of Natalie's World conducted an interview with vocalist Candace Kucsulain of the Detroit hardcore band WALLS OF JERICHO. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow.
On the break/hiatus that followed the release of WALLS OF JERICHO's latest album, 2008's "The American Dream":
Candace: "I got pregnant and had a baby. So we got back together about a year after I got pregnant. I got pregnant and had my baby, Patsy, on August 1 [of 2011], and the first tour we did after that was the Persistence Tour in January [of 2012]. So I didn't wanna leave until she was old enough for me to leave her. There was probably a lack of press… we just didn't have it out there that I got pregnant or anything. So no break, there was no hiatus. We never broke up. I just couldn't tour. Clearly, I couldn't play shows while I was pregnant."
On whether there are plans for WALLS OF JERICHO to release new music:
Candace: "There is plans. We've actually been writing. I'm just not exactly sure when things are gonna happen with it. But for a little while — probably since January or something, we started writing stuff. Our guitar player, Chris [Rawson], is in another band, so it kinds of makes it a little slower, the process, for us. Also, I live in Boston, Massachusetts, and the rest of the members live in Michigan and Ohio, so we're not exactly that close. We do everything over the Internet now. So it's just gonna take a little time."
"The American Dream" (Trustkill Records) sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD debuted at No. 11 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"The American Dream" was recorded at Spider Studios in Cleveland, Ohio with Ben Schigel and Tony Gammalo.
An e-card for "The American Dream" can be accessed at this location.
WALLS OF JERICHO and Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) collaborated on an EP entitled "Redemption". The CD, which was produced by Taylor, featured primarily melodic vocals and acoustic instruments.