Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Blake Morrell - bass
Greg Garcia - Bass
Dustin Cates - drums
HT Brown - guitar
James Barlow - guitar
Ricky Vannatta - vocals
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to JWL? How long has the band been around?
Blake Morrell (Severall)
Dustin Cates (Fist, Spy vs Spy, Company Kane/Tsavo, Brotherhood of The Sons of The Originals)
HT Brown (Fist, Dry Spell, Severall)
James Barlow (Ohmz, Nursing Home Panty Raid, Seraphim)
Greg Garcia (Odds Against)
Ricky Vannatta (Vas Odium, Antipas, Sanctus Infernum, AxX of Hate)
JWL has been around since 2009
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
John Woodson's Leg (JWL) was originally made fun of on the radio by some djs and made the list of worst band names.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
Dustin & HT write the core of the music and Ricky writes the lyrics. Most of the topics are based around personal struggle. The battle in life and in the mind. I think the topics constantly change as perceptions changes and consciousness evolves. Inspiration is everywhere. Good and bad.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Gojira, Acid Bath, Pantera, Grave, Death, Metallica, Machinehead, Fear of God, Coroner, Solitude Aeturnus, ect.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
Van Halen was definitely an influence and inspiration back in the day. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, ect …
Run through the set. Stretch, drink a beer, A little green and boom!!!
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
To be honest. There aren't any major highlights to take account of. Only the true remain. The only highlights are the occasional compliment,
review, interview or radio attention.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
We enjoy playing with every band for the most part. We would be humbled by any tour offer.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you Kill The Music for the opportunity and what you do!!!