Jesse Leach: I was a weird, antisocial person in KSE early days

Killswitch Engage Jesse Leach portrait
(Image credit: Derek Bremner)

Jesse Leach says he was ‘weird, antisocial and depressed’ in the early days of Killswitch Engage.

The singer said he doesn’t remember the band’s first show with In Flames and Shadows Fall in 1999 because he didn’t like to socialise at gigs.

Leach tells Loudwire: “I was a really antisocial, strange person back then so I don’t really remember much of the first show.

“I was the kind of person who would go play a show and just disappear. I didn’t like talking to people. I was a really annoying person back then.

“I was a jackass when I was young.”

Killswitch Engage are currently on the road across the US in support of their seventh album Incarnate. They’ll also support Bullet For My Valentine on their upcoming UK winter tour.

Killswitch Engage 2016 tour dates

Apr 08: Pomona Fox Theater Pomona, CA
Apr 09: Tempe The Marquee, AZ
Apr 11: Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom, OK
Apr 12: Sauget Pop’s Nightclub, IL
Apr 14: Cleveland House Of Blues, OH
Apr 15: Binghamton Magic City Music Hall, NY
Apr 17: Buffalo Town Ballroom, NY
Apr 19: London Music Hall, ON
Apr 20: Grand Rapids The Intersection, MI
Apr 21: Cincinnati Bogart’s, OH
Apr 22: Asheville The Orange Peel, NC
Apr 24: Ladson Exchange Park WYBB Rockfest, SC
Jun 03: Mendig Rock am Ring, Germany
Jun 07: Hamburg Docks, Germany
Jun 09: Interlaken Greenfield Festival, Switzerland
Jun 10: Download Festival, UK
Jun 12: Nickelsdorf Nova Rock, Austria
Jun 13: Ljubljana Kino Siska, Slovenia
Jun 14: Budapest Park, Hungary
Jun 15: Milan Alcatraz, Italy
Jun 17: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 18: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jul 17: Bridgeview Chicago Open Air, IL
Aug 06: Bangor Rise Above Fest, ME
Aug 07: Montreal Heavy Montreal, QC
Nov 24: Newport Centre, UK
Nov 27: Newcastle O2 Academy, UK
Nov 30: Glasgow O2 Academy, UK
Dec 03: Manchester Academy, UK
Dec 06: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK
Dec 09: London O2 Academy Brixton, UK

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