Enabler are back with their newest album, “La Fin Absolue Du Monde“, inspired by the works of John Carpenter. Horror and great riffs, I needed more. Jeff Lohrber agreed to an interview with ThisIsNotAScene to chat about all things Enabler.
First off tell us little about your self
I’m Jeff, I play guitar and sing for Enabler in addition to being the main songwriter and taking care of all of the day to day odds and ends for the band. I also play drums for Today is the Day currently and I’m a considerably busy working musician.
I saw in some pictures you had 4 members but I know you have three now, was this a tough transition for you to go to a trio?
Yes, it was an extremely hard transition to go through personally and sonically. The band played our first 2 shows as a 3 piece in 2010, but we picked up a lead guitarist almost immediately. The lead guitarist position has been a revolving door since day one, and I think that in my head I had always heard my dear friend Eric Dunn who I had played in Harlots with filling that role.
In 2012, Eric joined up with us and I felt that this was the completion that the band had always needed. Him and I had been very close friends since we were teenagers, and work extremely well in a musical environment. After about 4-5 tours, we started having some of the same problems with him being a part of this as we did in Harlots.
At the end of the day, some people just don’t handle being on tour very well, and I think Eric is one of those people. When he left the band last year, it just seemed like the right thing to do to shut the door on the lead guitarist position in the band. I felt that any person that would come after him would never be as good, which is extremely unfair to anyone else.
Dropping to a 3 piece just made the most sense and I thought would be the most true form to Enabler. The challenge has been figuring out which gear sounds the best and can fill out the sound of the band to where it doesn’t feel like something is missing. It’s been a huge personal challenge to myself, but one that I’ve gladly accepted and been having a lot of fun with.
So how did this album come about, are you big Carpenter fans, you must be it’s a rather obscure reference to be honest?
The album came about as any record of ours comes about. I write songs on my own out of personal enjoyment and something that I feel the need to do. I never set out to write a song, EP, or LP, it just happens.
I chose the album title while watching “Cigarette Burns” for the first time in LAX during a 12 hour layover on our way to do an Australian tour. The whole idea of the film within the film really blew my mind, and what “La Fin…” represents in the film is an idea that I think all metal bands should shoot for.
Is this a concept type of album?
No, absolutely not. I actually kind of loathe concept records. I write many different types of songs and it’s something that I never set out to do, it’s just something that I let come out. Most concept albums seemed forced to me, and forcing ideas for song writing is simply something I’m never going to do.
My favorite track is the longest one ‘Felony’, it’s a great blend of a lot of elements from various styles. Do you have a particular back story with this one.
‘Felony’ is a really unique song in the sense that the lyrics were written first and the music was written around the feeling of the lyrics. The lyrics essentially were written about a friend of mine who passed away a few years ago. He was a very influential guitarist on me at a young age and the lyrics were started as a letter to my friend about all the things that we never were able to do together. I think about Clint on a fairly regular basis whether it’s some amazing riff that was totally out of left field that he wrote or something silly that he might have said or done. He was a close friend of mine, and that’s a very personal song for me. It seems that the song has actually been making quite an impact on a lot of our friends and fans, which I think is amazing. I’m happy that you brought up that song!
Are you only Carpenter fans, or do you love all of horror?
I am a huge fan of Carpenter’s work. I absolutely love his soundtracks and just the overall vibe he creates. But yes, I am a fan of many different directors. I also really love science fiction and I would say that my favorite movie of all time is The Empire Strikes Back. Horror and Sci-fi are very similar to metal in the sense that mainstream critics typically loathe it, and that the possibilities within these realms is never ending.
Care to share your thoughts on the current state of horror films?
It’s much like metal in the sense that some of the worst and most generic forms of horror and metal exist at this point, but when you sift through the bullshit, some of the most amazing and over the top work is happening right now. The movie Martyrs is a great example of that, much like the band Portal.
Favorite horror film?
Hellraiser 2 or Argento’s Inferno.
Give me your top 5 Carpenter films, I love this question as it always is a huge debate among us fans.
The only movie of his that I’ve never seen is Memoirs of an Invisible Man, but I really am a fan of all of his work, even the ones that most people hate like Escape from LA, Ghosts of Mars or Starman. I’m gonna change this to the top 10, in no particular order: Cigarette Burns, In the Mouth of Madness, They Live, Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Prince of Darkness, Escape from New York, Vampires, Assault on Precinct 13.