During a recent visit to the UK to pimp his Killswitch ass to the UK press, we caught up with vocalist Howard Jones and got the lowdown on their new album amongst other things… You are a big fan of Wesley Willis. Explain a little about who he was and how you came to discover him? There is no explaining Wesley, he must be experienced. Various friends turned me on to him, now I give him to you. Spread the joy! Wesley R.I.P What makes him / his music so great? Brilliance, humor, pure schizophrenia, í¢äå_ a cocktail that is best served in a Wesley glass. If you had to recommend one Wesley Willis song for a kid to download, which one would you pick, and why? Rock and Roll McDonalds í¢äåäóì It is the place to rock. The Vultures Ate My Dead Ass Up í¢äåäóì They sure did. Eazy E í¢äåäóì He is an icon. I Whooped Batman’s Ass í¢äåäóì Wesley is a true superhero. Whereas most band members will chill out on the bus listening to music on their headphones, you tend to take a lot of spoken word books on the road. How come? Have you always been such an avid reader? Yup, music gets boring. I will read and listen to a book at the same time í¢äåäóì get into it. Do you think having done a lot of reading, it helps produce better quality lyrics? Not from me, I suck. We have a national book week here in the UK. What would be your top 5 reads? 1. Comic Books 2 í¢äåäóì 5. Any book by James Patterson I understand that Rose Of Sharyn is quite a personal song to you. What is it about and what does it mean to you? Moving on to the next question… Tell us a little about the meaning behind the new songs on the album. A BID FAREWELL: It’s about bidding farewell TAKE THIS OATH: It’s about taking oaths WHEN DARKNESS FALLS: It’s about darkness falling INHALE: Accordions Rule! BREATHE LIFE: It’s about life, and breathing it THE END OF HEARTACHE: Yeah! DECLARATION: Shouting things! WORLD ABLAZE: Check out the world, it’s blazin’! AND EMBERS RISE: They do, at least in an updraft WASTED SACRIFICE: Don’t want to waste those, those being sacrifices HOPE IS: A four letter word How did you find working with Adam as a producer on the record? Well, he isn’t dead, so I guess it was alright. We laughed, we cried, we ate curry í¢äå_ Good times. Killswitch Engage’s new album ‘The End Of Heartache’ is OUT NOW!!! Check out the MUSIC SECTION for a taster!