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Interview With Mark Jenkins From Life In Shadow

Having formed originally in 2003, like any hard working band, LIFE IN SHADOW, has gone through its share of changes. But they have managed to keep all their wheels on the tracks still in their highly competetive local music scene of Illinois, and have come up with a very impressive demo that has started to stir quite the commotion among the truest of metalers. They have a slew of upcoming shows, including appearing on the Hell Fest bill in Sheffield, Illinois on October 28th with many other great underground acts. I am pleased to have gotten in some time with their bass player, Mark Jenkins, who was cool enough to answer some questions I had for him.

Rocket: So are you originally from Bolingbrook, Illinois, bro?

Mark: Oh, hell yeah. Bolingbrook represent!

Rocket: When did you first start playing bass guitar?

Mark: I first started plaing bass about 4 years ago. It's hard to say really but somewhere around that time.

Rocket: Who are some of your biggest playing influences? Past or present?

Mark: My biggest influence is Ryan from Mudvayne cause that guy has got some mad fingers but mostly my biggest influences are the people that play bass in my town that I jam with occasionally.

Rocket: What kind of basses are you playing in the the studio and live?

Mark: I've got a 4 string Epiphone T-bird that I usually use in the studio and live but I've been known to bust out my Hartke 5 string on occasion.

Rocket: Right on. What kind of amp rig?

Mark: Right now I have have a Hartke Transporter. Nothing too special in it .. 4 -10 inch aluminum plated speakers stock ... but running to that I just updated to a Gallien Krueger Backline 600.

Rocket: Do you play with your fingers, a pick or both?

Mark: I usually use both. I'm missing a third of my index finger so on some of the fastest shit I have got to use a pick but for the most part I like to use my fingers.

Rocket: How did you initially join Life In Shadow?

Mark: It was about 3 years ago and I had this friend that worked with one of our old guitarists. He heard that there was a band looking for a bass player so he gave me a number and I gave them a call and have been jamming since.

Rocket: There you go. That's pretty much how Rock N Roll got started, right? Ha! What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on the stage?

Mark: Haha! Well, one time fucking Ebbers was head banging hard under the headstock of my bass and he came up and smashed his head on head stock and his hair got tangled in my tunning knobs ... good shit!

Rocket: Like I said, Rock N Roll! What's been your favorite metal album of 2006 so far?

Mark: The new Life In Shadow demo!!! No, but seriously, Lamb of God has put out a killer new cd.

Rocket: Yeah, it is quite brilliant. One cannot deny that. And they worked their asses off too.
Who are some of the other underground metal acts in your area that are kicking ass?

Mark: Some of the acts we play with are Repressed Crusader, Rise to Fall. Insubnotyk.Tremulus, Destined Apostle along with many other promising bands.

Rocket: Cool. I'll have to checkout some of those names. What are some of the upcoming shows for Life In Shadow?

Mark: Please checkout the web site at: www.myspace.com/lifeinshadow. We keep an update daily of shows and other events.

Rocket: Thanks for taking the time with me, brother. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.

Mark: Anyone who listens. Keep fucking jammin!

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