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December 21st, 2012 came and left us with a wimper. The end of the Mayan calendar was to bring about the end of the world. All it brought me was a horrible hangover, as well as interviewing Jay Bentley, bass player of Bad Religion!
I woke early on that faithful Friday morning. I has spent the evening eating and drinking heartily at a company Christmas party. That night I kept myself glued to the computer as I listened to True North over and over again, while reading every piece of information I could on Jay Bentley, Bad Religion and True North. I woke that next morning after four short hours of sleep, still drunk from the night before. Rather than fight the hangover I gave in and drank the last remaining beers and called up Jay Bentley.
He sounded tired as he answered the phone. We were ten minutes starting the interview. Jay was putting his baby daughter down for a nap. While he sounded tired as the interview started, he didn’t stay that way for long. Quickly his robust laugh and witty personality kicked in as we chatted away.
I was blown away to be talking to one of my heroes. I had for years looked up to Bad Religion and Jay Bentley and here I was on the phone with him. He talked candidly about the recording of Suffer, No Control, Grey Race and many other of their early albums. He talked with great love and joy for his children. He laughed heavily about his secret love of Elton John. We talked True North, both the album and the idea. We would have talked for hours if the next interview had not chimed in.
Alas, the world did not end on December 21st, 2012. If it had I would have died a happy boy.
This interview originally appeared on AmpMagazine.com before they closed their doors. If listening is not your thing, please visit: http://www.ampmagazine.com/54670/bad-religion-bassist-jay-bentley-talks-about-fatherhood-the-bands-earlier-albums-and-how-they-translated-into-this-new-record/
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