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In other Phoenix-area metal news, Glendale's Job for a Cowboy have announced a spring headlining tour that kicks off April 21 in Newport, Kentucky, and wraps up with a homecoming show on Thursday, May 27, at The Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe.
Check out the full tour schedule and a Q&A with JFAC vocalist Jonny Davy below.
Q&A with Job For a Cowboy's Jonny Davy
Up on the Sun: Most of the touring you've done in support of Ruination has been as a supporting act, opening for heavy hitters like Slayer, Lamb of God and Gwar. Are you looking forward to being the headliner for a change?
Davy: It's been a long time on the unforgiving road since finishing up the works of Ruination. Touring with Slayer, Lamb of God and Gwar has legitimately been a blessing in a lot of blatantly obvious ways. We started off playing at clubs such as The Modified Arts, The Phix, Neckbeards, The Attic and the good old Mason Jar. We literally played in all of our parents' garages and living rooms, just trying to get by. If I could go back in time and tell myself everything this band has done in the past five years, I would probably be laughing in a mirror image of myself. Being a supporting act, or headliner, either way we really can't complain the slightest bit.
UP: Do you prefer playing smaller clubs as a headliner or larger venues as an opener?
Davy: It is without a doubt a complete toss-up. We have a bit of a DIY punk rock attitude to the band, whether it comes to playing shows or even the business aspect. They both have their pros and cons for obvious reasons. Being in smaller clubs you definitely have more of a personal connection with the audience. When it comes to playing in larger clubs and opening up for bigger acts, it's almost a fun challenge attempting to win a crowd over who is very unfamiliar with your band.
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UP: Looks like the tour wraps up here in the Valley. What's next on the band's agenda? Is it too early to ask about a new album?
Davy: We're already digging into the idea of the next record. We have scheduled plans to tour Japan, Australia and a summer festival run in Europe. After all of this is behind us, we plan on sitting down and putting together the next record. After that, the usual...ENDLESS TOURING!
JFAC Spring headlining tour dates
April 21 Newport, KY - The Historic Southgate House
April 23 Hackensack, NJ - The School of Rock
April 24 Worcester, PA - Palladium (As part of the 2010 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
April 25 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
April 26 Columbus, OH - Skully's
April 27 Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
April 28 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
April 29 Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
April 30 Montreal, QB - La Tulipe
May 1 Toronto, ON - Opera House
May 2 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
May 3 Madison, WI - Orpheum Stage Door
May 4 Elgin, IL - Mad Maggie's
May 5 Sauget, IL - Pop's
May 15 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater (As part of the California Metal Festival)
May 16 Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
May 17 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
May 18 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 19 Pocatello, ID - Icon
May 20 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
May 21 Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
May 22 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
May 23 Wichita Falls, TX - The Hanger
May 24 Austin, TX - Emo's Inside
May 25 Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
May 26 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
May 27 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse