Marcel Jacob with Jeff Scott Soto are going to be release under the name of Humanimal I was really surprised. As I was expected the album was magnificent. So an interview with the mainman if the band Marcel was the best thing that we could do for you out there. Read below and enjoy...
you introduce us the band and tell us the latest news?
It's like a long bio to introduce the band. Please look at my website
marceljacob.com where there will be a bio & links to other sites
that will be informational. Or I can recommend "the Encyclopedia of
Swedish hard rock and heavy metal". The latest news is that
Pontus Norgren suddenly decided it was no fun to be with us, and that we
were suddenly free to do what we want with Talisman, so Jeff Soto &
I are at the moment busy with preparing to record a new Talisman album
which should be out in early next year.
Humanimal Jeff’s project or a full-time band? Are there any plans for
a tour, or are you just only a studio-band? Do you play as a session
musician in Humanimal?
is my project. It started in Pontus Norgren's kitchen when I was there
to have a cup of coffee, and Mark Algers from Z records called. I
asked him if he wanted to do an album with me and Pontus to which he
agreed. We settled a deal without any name, songs, or who was going to
be in the band. At first we were going to use several different singers,
but chose to do the whole thing with Jeff in the end.
Humanimal comes out from Human and animal… Who’s idea been? Can you
tell us how did you get your name?
I'm the creator. I used it to name the albums with Talisman that came
out -94. Recently I looked the name up on the Internet and found that
it's been in use for many things earlier than when I thought of it,
totally unbeknownst to me at the time. The main idea was to describe the
fact that while we may be human, we are still animals.
you believe that humans are so different from animals or sometimes are
even worse than them?!
we are most definitely not very different from animals. What separates
us is less than what is similar. Culture, consciousness, technology, bla
bla, all that may be good but too often not. Sometimes we are much worse
than animals, because moral obligations puts us under scrutiny and shows
how little we can live up to our possibilities. For example, racism,
bigotry, terrorism not just of the Arabian kind but the state terrorism
of Israel and the US, the little Pakistanian girl who was recently raped
by four members of her community in punishment for her brothers crime of
speaking to a girl above his class.
can we expect from Humanimal in the future? Many albums and tours maybe?
the moment there will be that one album. The next thing will be a
is your debut album if I’m right…can you tell us some things about
as Humanimal. Lyrically, there is a difference between Jeff
and I. His lyrics mostly deal with relations; on this album they seem to
be much about the themes of either ending a relationship or
reconciliation. My contributions are about inflated self images, the
ambivalence of meeting and leaving (or possibly the difficulty of being
suddenly less alone), or simply the thoughts of someone who's lost his
map of the world.
you play in any other band? This is the band that you spent all your
have played for Yngwie Malmsteen, Europe, John Norum, and my own band Talisman.
are your favorite bassists and from whom you have been influenced most?
Blackmore has always been my main influence (check out my guitar
work on the Human Clay albums...). As far as bassists go, Bob
Daisley's work with Ozzy ( I recently heard that Ozzy was going to recut
the first 2 albums with the guys playing bass and drums for him now-
that would be SACRILEGE!!!!), Billy Sheehans work with Talas, to name a
have you heard Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “The Other Side”? I believe
that the beginning of “Find My Way Home” was “borrowed” by the
song that I foretold you. Was that something that happened on purpose or
it was just a consequence?
guess that I must have heard the song in question, and it got installed
on my hardware like a datavirus...I don't like the RHCP all that much
and don't have their albums.
now we go on with the “Weird Questions”!!!… If your
wife/girlfriend were selling your whole album-collection just to buy for
her a good and expensive ring how would you react?
would sell hers, go to the bars and buy drinks for all the
good-looking girls I could find.
you wanted to make someone to totally freak out and stop dealing with
rock and metal music no more, which 3 albums would you choose to give
him and why?
by Poison, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Sigue Sigue Sputnik should do it.
sitting in a time machine, to which time zone would you travel? And for
would go back to -75 or -76 and try to steal the gig in Rainbow from
Marcel, I wish you the best for that album. The last words of this
interview belong to you.
M: Thanks, this is the first time I had the pleasure of being in contact with anybody from Greece. I have no idea if any of you have heard what I do, but I hope that you will check it out and that you will enjoy!
by Thanos Aggelakis