44MAG's Jesse and Jared Are the True Outlaws

Backwoods party metallers 44MAG formed in 1998 since then they have had the love to play heavy metal! They went on to play shows of course and release some albums including their most recent to date, "Outlaw Psychosis". Drummer Jesse Roedts and vocalist Jared Mondell discusses on who the band is and what their music is about and the plans for the future.

1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in 44Mag, and how long the band has been together.

Jesse Roedts: My name is Jesse Roedts and I play drums. The band has been together for  about 15 years.

Jared Mondell: My name is Jared Mondell and I am the vocalist for 44MAG.

 2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

JR: Our bass player (Jason Miller) and I formed the band while we were in High School. Jason and I were friends since we were kids. We were both huge metal fans and wanted to thrash ! We met some like minded players along the way and the rest is history!

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?Are there any local bands you could recommend?

JR: We are based out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Our area has a pretty diverse music scene. Alot of blues,rock, indie, and jam bands, but not much original metal. A lot of the bands we play with are from out of the area. We are big fans of Faith in Exile and Tusko from Pottsville, Pa.

JM: Some of the Williamsport based bands we jam with are Moxie and Rebel, Audiobox, and All Else Fails, check em out!

4. What type of band are you?

JR: Straight up, old school metal! We thrash like Slayer and groove like Pantera!

5. Why did you want to name the band 44Mag? What does it symbolize and represent for the band?

JM:Jason and Jesse were always into shooting guns. Its a way of life where we come from. We wanted our name to be gun related. Something strong and powerful. We were inspired by the scene from the movie Dirty Harry when he describes the gun he is using “...this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow your head clean off…”

 6. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

JR: My musical influences are Pantera, Slayer and Hank 3. My non musical influence is good, fresh marijuana.

 7. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

JM: A lot of the tunes we write come from our experiences, either personal or as a band. Brain Douche is about Jesse and Pat at the Bonnaroo festival a few years back, DUI is obviously about run ins with the law, and getting behind the wheel when you probably shouldn't. The writing process, especially lyrically, is pretty organic. Before we know it, we have a song about fake ass musicians who have more money than talent like Mr. Rock N Roll.

8. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

JM: Yes, we write our own stuff. The songwriting process is very collaborative, but there really isn't a rhyme or reason to it. We just do what we do and if doesn't suck, we have a song!

9. What's new in the recording of your music?

JM: Pennsylvania Backwoods Party Metal

10. What are your dreams and goals?

JM:To get as many people as possible to know and support 44MAG...and that Dimebag would rise from the grave and kick the shit out of Justin Bieber...and a bunch of hipsters.

11. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

JM: We have an old school sound you don’t hear very often anymore and its long overdue for a comeback. Pure. American. Metal. No gimmicks, no games.

12. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?




Also on iTunes, Amazon, Cd Baby, Google Play etc.

13. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

JM: We are currently booking out our spring and summer dates for 2014. We are also looking to start recording and releasing some new material before the year is out.

14. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

JM: The raw power and aggression that has just entered their ear holes!

15. Any final words of wisdom?

JM: If you like what you hear, please help spread the word and turn it UP!

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