Killswitch Engage Singer Jesse Leach Dishes on Empire Shall Fall, Times of Grace + Solo Project
Frontman Jesse Leach is best known as the returning vocalist of Killswitch Engage, and he shows off his chops on the band's critically acclaimed 2013 album, ‘Disarm the Descent.’ However, the multi-tasking singer is still also part of the bands Empire Shall Fall and Times of Grace. When we spoke with him, Leach talked about both of these bands, as well as his plans for an eclectic solo album.
As for Empire Shall Fall, Leach offers this update: “I’m in the middle of writing the story because the first EP was taken from a story I wrote so we’re doing three EPs that are going to coincide with the story. “
He continues, “This is going to get nerdy, now I’m going to write the prequel to the story. The music is becoming more progressive, more jazz elements in it. It’s still heavy but with the jazz framing and timing. I’m pulling my hair out trying to figure out what to do to vocally match the talent that these guys have. It’s definitely going to be different, it’s pushing me in a different direction to write outside of the box. These guys don’t write in a pop format, some of these songs have 12 changes in six minutes.”
He goes on to say that Empire Shall Fall fans will have to be patient for the new release. “I’m proud to say I’m writing for it, but it’s going to take me a little while before that comes out. When it does, mark my words, it’s going to be abstract and different from my vocal style and writing. “
Leach also talked about his Times of Grace project with fellow Killswitch Engage bandmate Adam Dutkiewicz. “For Times of Grace, Adam and I have talked a few times about doing a new EP or something. Honestly that’s on Adam, he’s the creative force behind the music of it. Once he writes something and delivers it to me, I’ll be more than happy to start writing for that.”
The very busy frontman also shared some ideas for a solo project he's planning. “With the solo stuff, that’s probably going to take longer than any of the stuff," explains Leach. "I’m still forming my style, I’ve got three or four demos kicking around. It touches on blues, rock and roll, a little bit of trip-hop, a little bit of punk, a little bit of reggae, some ska. Yeah, mutt style. I’m trying figure out to take all of my styles and diversities and make them work in songs. It’s fun but I’m a little overwhelmed but it’s my work ethic.”