Interview with Jordan from Withhold the Blood
When you have the time, please answer the interview questions below:
Jordan here—rhythm guitar for Withhold the Blood, as well as theory and composition. Unfortunately, due to quarantine, I’ll be answering the questions for my bandmates, though I’ve been advised on what to say since they’ve seen the questions.
How did you all meet?
Brandon Ordway (lead) and Tyler Ruiter (bass) are cousins. They formed the band in 2011, with all different members, and most likely just to drink, but Jessie had also grown up with Brandon, and, by extension, Brandon’s family. Without my real knowledge, I went to high school with Brandon and Jessie, but it wasn’t until 2015 that Jessie and I ended up at a party together, where he casually suggested I should just join the band. Gary, however, responded to this question with “Craigslist…” Gary has only recently been in the band, but he’s been the biggest reason for progress made on the upcoming release.
How did you come up with the name of the band?
To be completely honest, there are a lot of stories we’ve made up, and most of them are genuinely disgusting and largely inappropriate, but the actual meaning of the name comes from a quote by an American pastor named Aiden Tozer Wilson: “Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse us, yet if we withhold ourselves from that blood, we will be unclean forever.” And to that a former bandmate responded “We will be unclean forever: withhold the blood.” We’ve always thought that was pretty epic, but possibly offensive to some of listeners.
Tell us a funny story from a concert or a band practice.
Actually, pertaining to the last question, before Gary and I joined the band, they played a show at a casino, and, after finishing the show, a fan came up to Jessie to buy some merch and asked Jessie, “You know how I’ll always remember your name?—it’s what a tampon does.”
Who are your biggest influences?
Jessie: Lamb of God, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel
Brandon: Conquering Dystopia, Cannibal Corpse, and he plays a lot of Metallica
Tyler: He specifically mentioned Bob Ross soundtracks.
Jordan: Between the Buried and Me, Most Precious Blood, Every Time I Die
Gary: The Acacia Strain, Black Tongue, Infant Annihilator
What has been the biggest challenge as a band?
This is the easiest question: keeping enough people on the same page for enough time, specifically keeping five guys on the same page for 8 years. We’ve been though several member changes, but we’ve always pushed through.
Where do you see yourself and your band in a year?
Also pertaining to the last question, we’d liked to be where we were right after our previous release—we were in what we all thought was a great position, but unfortunately our previous drummer, with which we wrote Aberration, wasn’t really feeling the music like the rest of us. This and a lot of other unfortunate events led us to a long hiatus in writing new material, but we recently found Gary and had the pleasure of testing him out on a few national shows. Gary is the perfect fit, a mix of death metal, hardcore, and circus noises.