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Sky Eats Airplane Vocalist Used to Model Urban Clothing

Most musicians take odd jobs to pay the bills while trying to make it. Texas eclectronica-meets-metalcore band Sky Eats Airplane are no exception to this reality. Vocalist Jerry Roush probably had the best pre-Sky Eats Airplane gig. He was a model!

“I was a model for urban clothing lines,” Roush revealed to Noisecreep. “I was the only white guy there with a whole bunch of sexy black girls at photo shoots. My dad had me model when I was real young. This clothing company passed me around to their sister and brother companies. It was my main source of income and paid my rent for a while. I had to get weird haircuts and had closets full of clothing I would never wear.”

While your initial reaction may be, “Jeez, modeling beats a construction job,” Roush also had one of those. “I had a demolition job,” he laughed. “It was fun to destroy places with sledge hammers.” But the law of physics and motion, that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, applied in this case, too. “You have to do be a part of the cleanup process, too! So I was keeping in mind that if I destroyed something into a thousand pieces, it was a thousand pieces that I had to pick up!”

Guitarist Zack Ordway also worked construction but dubs Sky Eats Airplane as his oddest job, while guitarist Lee Duck worked at a golf course as a cart boy. Bassist Johno Erickson slaved away at Tuesday Morning, which he deemed “a wannabe antique shop.” Drummer Travis Orbin was put to work by his mom, who owns and operates a dog grooming business. “I have helped her on-and-off since I was seven, doing the menial tasks, such as washing and drying,” he said. The job had obvious occupational hazards. “I was bit once by a medium-sized Shetland sheep dog. It left a mark, but I’d have to search for it,” Orbin said.

As for Sky Eats Airplane, Duck asks those unfamiliar with the band to “keep an open mind. We’re trying to combine two genres – electronica and metalcore – that aren’t usually combined, and we’re doing orchestral stuff to make the two styles work with one another.”

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