Jack Off Jill Talk About Life With Ex-Manson Guitarist

Bolstered by the recent addition of former Marilyn Manson guitarist Scott Putesky, Jack Off Jill is currently gearing up for a tour that kicks off Sunday in San Diego.

Putesky, who was known as Daisy Berkowitz while with Manson and is known as SMP around the Jack Off Jill camp, will make his debut with the band during a string of West Coast dates, and JOJ bassist and founding member Robin Moulder couldn't be happier about it.

"Obviously you guys know about having SMP in the band, which is awesome because I've been the main music writer this whole time, and now I have another writer," Moulder told MTV News recently. "That takes off a little pressure, and it also adds a whole new element of new directions in music and everything. It's just so good for the band in general to move forward so we have more options and more avenues."

One of those new avenues runs behind the drumkit, where the band recently saw another personnel change when Laura Simpson left

the group.

"Our new drummer, Claudia, she lives in L.A. and we've been practicing with her pretty seriously for the last couple of weeks and it's just coming together so fast," Moulder said. "It's one of those things where it's just so obvious it's going to work, no problem. And she brings a lot of energy to the group as well, which is great for a drummer. So I'm very excited about it... It think it's going to be a lot fuller and a lot more interesting, because Scott is such a more experimental guitar player. Even through we're still going to be supporting the first album, he's going in and adding a lot of keyboard parts that I put on the album that we can't pull off live for one reason or another, and he's adding them on guitar now. So he's experimenting and adding different little things and different little touches of his own style. So it's going to be like tastier, I think." In addition to beefing up the band's older material, Putesky is also starting to pay

off in the creative process as well.

"We've been kicking around some of Scott's stuff, some of my stuff, just seeing where it goes, and easily three or four songs could come together in no time," Moulder said. "And that's without even really hardly trying because we've been focusing so much on getting the old songs together with the new members that we really haven't put a lot of time into writing new material. But when we do spend that 15 minutes here or there saying, 'Hey, let's try this,' or I'll just play a riff and see what happens, and people will just start playing along to it, and it works out really great." [600k Audio]

Putesky's first recorded work with the band should turn up on a remix EP, tentatively titled "Heartfelt and Hateful Remixes" that is due this summer. Before that, here's where the revamped Jack Off Jill will be:

  • 5/31 - San Diego, CA @ Cain's
  • 6/1 -Scottsdale, AZ @ Atomic Cafe
  • 6/2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Opium Den
  • 6/3 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
  • 6/4 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Concert Theatre
  • 6/6 - San Francisco, CA @ Co Co Dries
  • 6/7 - Sacramento, CA @ Bojangles
  • 6/12 - Hollywood, CA @ Dragonfly