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Jimmy Euringer On The Gerard Way Collab: “[It’s] A little bit My Chem and a little bit Mindless”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 4 October 2018 at 18.52

Plus, the world premiere of his brand new single featuring his wife Chantal Claret.

Rock Sound is delighted to be hosting the world premiere for the brand new track from Mindless Self Indulgence frontman Jimmy Euringer's solo project.

'Fuck Everything' is the second track from is upcoming album 'Euringer', and features his wife Chantal Claret. Check out 'Fuck Everything' below:

We also recently had a chat with Jimmy to talk through all things 'Euringer', going it alone, and that sick Gerard Way feature on the album.

SO TELL US ABOUT HOW THE ALBUM CAME TO EXIST?
Says Jimmy: "I’ve been working on it for about two years consistently.  I’ve always been picking away at it. The thing is I didn’t want the next thing I did that was sort of a solo thing to corrupt Mindless Self Indulgence in any way. I wanted it to be its own thing. MSI is its own pure thing. I just knew that I wanted to work with certain BPMs and lyrics and tones and weird psychedelic things.  I didn’t want those things to reflect on MSI. MSI in itself is a great punk-rock band. I just wanted to do something that allowed me some freedom. So I just started playing with loads of ideas and the more time that I spent on it, it reflected on how I live my life. You can bash out a record in 3 weeks and it’s a great snapshot of a moment in time. But if you put something together over a long period, it can evolve.

Like I love being in Mindless Self Indulgence. I love being in this crazy shock rock band. But when you’re doing things in this crazy shock rock band, people miss the fact that I’m an amazing fucking producer. I do somefucking amazing programming. At the end of the day music creation wise, I’m very much an audio sculptor.  A lot of my inspiration comes from Public Enemy, The Bomb Squad. You know, layering lots and lots of sounds. That sort of thing takes me a long time. I’m not the kind of guy to write a song and then say ‘hey it’s done’. For this album I wanted to do things in the way that I write. Building up, building up, building up then coming back to it. So two years ago I just went what do I want to sound like? Like Depeche Mode hired J Dilla and DJ Premier to help them write some tracks then I came in and laid down some of my vocals. And you know what it does sound a lot like that. It’s a crazy, psychedelic, over the top, cinematic audio experience."


IT MUST BE NICE HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT INTO MUSIC UNDER A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MONIKER
"Exactly. There are some parameters to Mindless Self Indulgence. I don’t want a have a cello solo in the middle of a Mindless Self Indulgence show. I like keeping a lot of my projects slightly separate. It’s all very different even though it’s all coming from me doing my thing."

THE DIRECTION YOU’VE CHOSEN LYRICALLY FOR THESE SONGS ARE VERY SATIRICAL AND IN MANY WAYS DAMNING. WHAT WAS YOUR FOCAL POINT WHEN CHOOSING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT?
"Lyrically I’ve always been somebody who writes things that nobody else wants to write. I don’t give a shit if I have a hit on the radio. I mean I love money but I don’t give a shit. That’s not going to affect my writing. With that in my mind almost every time and how I’ve made a career on that, I’m writing the songs about the things nobody else wants. I’m picking through other people’s trash and writing about serial killers or doing drugs all the time or about how I hate classic rock and hope that people will do something new. All because I can do that and because I have the freedom to do that and because I’ve made a whole band and following out of that. Just because I did exactly what I wanted to do. By not caring whether people would turn up to listen, people liked it.

The thing that I have concentrated on from the beginning though is that I wanted it to be one continuous piece of music. I wanted everything to grow into itself. I wanted things to connect. No one these days is doing ‘Ok Computer’ or ‘The Wall’. They aren’t able to do it because the minute it goes up people are buying just one song. Taking ‘Karma Police’ and saying fuck the rest. That’s fine but if you want the full experience you have to buy the whole record. Like in this case you can buy the song with Gerard on it and listen to it with 16 other songs that aren’t mine. Or you can buy the whole record and you can hear this crazy audio journey. That’s kind of the gift to the listener who wants the whole thing. That’s what I’ve been working on since the beginning. This album was always going to start like this and end like this and have these songs in the middle. That’s something that I’ve never done. This was a piece of music."

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED IT A CONCEPT RECORD AT ALL THEN?
"It’s definitely an art concept. It’s more like going to see an art show where someone has put loads of things in different rooms in a particular way. It’s very much inspired by a lot of 80’s art scene stuff. I was watching tonnes of movies from that period cause that was such a huge thing for me growing up in New York. That was the vibe as far as the vision."

THERE ARE SOME VERY INTERESTING COLLABORATIONS ON THE RECORD, INCLUDING GERARD WAY AND SERJ TANKIEN. TELL US HOW THEY CAME TO BE.
"I’d never done guest appearances before. With Mindless, we never really went in to that realm. It was just never our vibe. This time it kind of started because I was talking with Serj as we are friends. I was talking to him about songs and he was like ‘dude I really want to be on that’ and I realised I had never even thought about it. All these people who I am friendly with, we’re not sitting around talking about music. We’re talking about things that we like, like dragons or geeky things or going to the beach. We aren’t pulling out a fucking guitar and jamming. So I started asking other people if they wanted to be on too. I wanted it to be no stress. It’s very easy for it to become business. You know, these people are my friends. I just want to have a good time. For everybody’s song I made it slightly different. For Serj, I didn’t have a song that I liked for him and his voice so I had to come up with something. He’s such a strong political figure from such a strong political band so I wanted to talk about politics without being too politically minded, you know? Gerard could have pretty much sung any song on the record because he has that sort of voice. So I looked for something that could be fun and sort of a merging of his sounds and mine. A little bit My Chem and a little bit Mindless. Then when Grimes came into it, I wanted her to actually produce the track but then I would just sing it. Like flip the whole thing. Yet we ran out of time so she just put her own spin on the vocal. She chose the most Blade Runner soundtrack sounding tune."

IT ALL FEELS VERY MUCH LIKE A FAMILY AFFAIR.
"Yeah, there’s an awful lot of thought gone into all of this. I think that’s something that gets lost in Mindless. Playing at breakneck speed and smashing a lot of shit and making all of these kooky noises. Yet we are a collective that’s high brow and low brow at the same time and we go so far around the block that we make something so bizarre that people don’t understand how much work actually goes into it. Even though at the end of the day it’s a funny song about ice cream, we’re not slap dashing."

SO HOW ARE THINGS WITH MINDLESS? IS THAT A MACHINE THAT NEVER STOPS TURNING OR ARE YOU ALL JUST HAVING A BREAK DOING YOUR OWN THING NOW?
"Mindless has always been on it’s own terms. We all know each other and we all hang out, but in this day and age you can live anywhere and get work done. You can do everything on a laptop whenever. Mindless has always just been this weird punk art collective and it’s always kind of going on. That’s something I love. We can do our own weird art projects and then we can just decide to go and do a record. Or we’re going to take 5 years off, so what fuck you. It’s all about making your own hours."

AWAY FROM MUSIC, WHAT OTHER STUFF HAVE YOU GOT GOING ON?
"The problem I have a lot of times with film and Hollywood is that they are on-going and I can’t actually talk about them. One thing I can talk about is that I’m doing a project with Serj, which is called ‘Fucktronics’ which is a British musical animation project. That’s happening right now. We’ve written all the music and then we’ve made a British gangster movie around it. It’s dark and over the top and it’s coming soon."

'Euringer' is set for release October 19, you can get all the info on that here.

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