ZIMMERS HOLE - Thrashing Ridiculously! Page 3
by Martin Popoff

Do you ever sit down and say, let's write some totally serious songs, though?

"Yep, we're close. I think we came really close on this album. Actually, you know what? There are one or two really serious songs on this record. There's a song called 'Alright'. We're all motorcycle freaks, and we lost a good friend to a shitty f**king motorcycle accident this year, and we wrote that song about him. It's all about what it's like to be a rider, and a tribute to our fallen brother. And that's about as serious as you can get."

Also serious is Jed's pretty solid assertion that both Fear Factory and Strapping have been put to (cardiac ar') rest. With respect to Strapping, Jed says, "I think it is well and truly done. There's a greatest hits album coming out this year, and I think that pretty much says it all. I think Devin is happy producing, and he is doing quite well at at-home producing and he wants to be with his family. And he moved out of the city. He lives in the country a bit now. He's happy. When the two of us were talking together during the production of this record, it was some of the best conversations we ever had. It was like, 'Hey bro, what's up?' It wasn't... he just sounded happy."

And as for Fear Factory?

"Again, I can... you know, that one is up in the air. Ray and Christian are doing their own thing now with Pat Lachman, dear friend of mine, so we'll see what happens there. When Strapping went down and when Fear Factory was winding down, me and Byron said, let's do this full time. And that's when we really focused on the very thought, look at this band, let's do it for real! I think, to get back to your original question, I think Strapping is done, and if it is, I've got nothing bad to say about it. It was a wonderful experience, and it opened a ton of doors for me, and I take those influences and go whichever way I go, you know?"