Reignwolf’s Jordan Cook dinner: Catching Air

In the air with an ES-335 or his ’70s Gibson SG is wherever you can obtain Jordan Cook dinner at a Reignwolf dwell present.
Photograph by Omar Kasrawi

Jordan Cook dinner is utilised to receiving a minimal crushed up on tour. The Reignwolf singer and guitarist has made a penchant for phase diving and group do the job, developing a roughhouse popularity that occasionally catches up to him. In the course of the band’s stint at this year’s South by Southwest, a number of times right before our job interview, items bought further ridiculous and Cook dinner fell from phase for the duration of his 3rd present of the working day. “At SXSW, it is usual to do two or a few demonstrates a working day and, with our sorts of demonstrates, which is not usual,” he describes. Though it took him a number of times to recuperate, he was swift to say he just required to “shake it off” and to converse about his up coming jaunt on the highway.

Reignwolf’s tough-and-tumble dwell performances have, right up until now, been the major way that followers could listen to the band. Given that developing Reignwolf in Seattle in 2012, Cook dinner has deliberately held back again on recording a comprehensive-duration album, preferring to launch a number of singles, enjoy dwell, and allow movies of all those performances do most of the do the job in spreading the term. Though it may well appear like an abnormal tactic to choose in 2019, the band’s stints touring as a supporting act for mega-bands like Pixies and Black Sabbath demonstrate that Cook dinner is on to a little something.

Though he helps make certain to credit score drummer Joseph Braley as remaining aspect of the band considering the fact that the commencing, Cook dinner has also utilised Reignwolf as a solo act at occasions, actively playing guitar and singing though jamming together with a kick drum. For the really hard-rocking Listen to Me Out, Reignwolf’s extensive-awaited comprehensive-duration effort and hard work, the band is now a centered electrical power trio. Joined by Braley and bassist S.J. Kardash, Listen to Me Out douses Cook’s bluesy rock ’n’ roll with major grunge-rock vibes, aided by contributions of huge-title mixing engineers with major choice rock credits, these as Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, U2, the Black Keys), Mario Caldato Jr. aka Mario C (Beastie Boys), Vance Powell (the White Stripes), and Tony Hoffer (Beck). Music like the opening “Black and Red” and “Ritual” allude to Cook’s early decades in Canada as a teenage blues-guitar prodigy, though much more prominently concentrating on his appreciate of ’90s rock and major-hitting really hard rock.

With Listen to Me Out at last introduced into the entire world, Cook dinner is using Reignwolf’s songs to bigger heights but he’s nevertheless beating himself up in entrance of audiences. When he recovered from SXSW, we caught up with Cook dinner to focus on matters spanning Reignwolf’s dwell demonstrates, Cook’s equipment, and a shelved collaboration with the Soundgarden rhythm part.

You fell off a phase the other night time?
Yeah! That transpired in Texas. It was our 3rd present of the working day. That is not my initial time slipping off a phase. It is just one of all those items, you gotta get up and hold likely.

Jordan Cook dinner selected an spectacular lineup of producers to do the job on his debut album, which includes Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, U2), Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys), Vance Powell (the White Stripes), and Tony Hoffer (Beck).

I was up on some speakers and, as I was likely down, there was a speaker under and there was this minimal crack and which is wherever my foot went into. I was just like, “No way. We bought by all of this and that transpired!?” But it is all fantastic.

Judging from YouTube movies, it would seem like you phase dive, or at the very least conclusion up in the viewers, fairly consistently. Have you experienced any similar mishaps?
Luckily for us, I really do not consider so. The other night time, I was in the group a minimal little bit and anyone lifted me and they had been carrying me. When they lifted me up, they had been pulling down my trousers. I really do not consider the male was making an attempt to do that, I consider he was making an attempt to get to my guitar and I was pulling absent, and he bought a knob off of my guitar.

Is that the worst which is transpired to your guitar in these scenarios?
Yeah. A 335 is much more of a breakable guitar, so I guess I have been genuinely fortunate.

Yeah, you have been fortunate!
When when we did Austin Metropolis Restrictions, I did strike a male by incident with my guitar and I grabbed him correct absent and mentioned, “Man, no matter what you want, we bought you. That was not intended to materialize.” He was like, “It’s my birthday. This is the very best detail that at any time transpired to me.” It was the most preposterous detail for the reason that there was blood coming out of his head. It was certainly terrifying. Our demonstrates get fairly ridiculous, but there is not blood coming from the viewers generally.

“When you are receiving features to go out with Pixies or Black Sabbath or any of these bands, not possessing a document would seem badass to me.”

You have performed a large amount of actively playing as a just one-person band and you even toured with Black Sabbath that way. Have you resolved to do the job completely with the band now?
When I was touring with Sabbath, Joseph, the drummer, did occur for some of the demonstrates, but for the duration of that time it was primarily me and a kick drum. I nevertheless do that, but there would seem to be much more of a band vitality likely on. The bass participant, S.J. … we recorded a large amount of this document at his house studio in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, wherever I was born. He and I have generally performed songs with each other and it is a bass-major document, so it helps make perception for us to develop a little bit and have S.J. occur out with us. We have been actively playing songs with each other considering the fact that I was 11 decades outdated. It is just one of all those plain scenarios. I really do not know what comes about, but when you improve up with each other, you know totally every little thing every single other is about to do. He’s the very best bass participant I know.

And Joseph Braley has been with you considering the fact that the commencing?
In 2012, I was in Seattle and Ben Shepherd, the bass participant from Soundgarden, launched me to Joseph. He was form of joking all over and declaring, “This guy’s in your band.” We finished up possessing a jam and it was magnificent. That was the begin of Reignwolf.

You experienced beforehand labored with both equally Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron, correct?
Yeah, at first Matt Chamberlain [former Pearl Jam drummer who has also subbed for Matt Cameron in Soundgarden] and Ben Shepherd and I had been executing things in Memphis, and then I went out to Seattle and Matt Cameron made available to assistance complete the document.

We recorded a bunch of things, but I form of loved not possessing a document out. It was much more unique. When you are receiving features to go out with Pixies or Black Sabbath or any of these bands, not possessing a document would seem badass to me. It form of led up to this second, and now the band and I are nearer with each other and we’re receiving items like Woodstock.

Was that album at any time introduced?
It is not introduced, but I hope that at some position it sees the mild of working day. We’ll see about that. There is no question we’ll jam once again.

Do you consider in 2019 it is nevertheless vital to launch documents, as opposed to actively playing dwell?
I consider it is upside down and backwards once again, for the reason that a solitary will most most likely choose you farther than an precise document. That remaining mentioned, it is also a desire to make a comprehensive document that you really do not loathe. We place out 4 singles right before this document and we lived off all those for really some time.

I consider the dwell present is much more celebrated now than it at any time has been, but to be in a position to have people today go house with a little something and be in a position to dangle on to a little something is fairly amazing. At our merch booth on this previous tour, viewing people today obtain CDs was hilarious to me. CDs, I believed, had been a little something of the previous, but people today nevertheless obtain CDs. It is fairly remarkable.

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