Latest release: New Junk Aesthetic (Epitaph)
Band site: www.everytimeidie.net
Regular visitors to our shores, US metal/hardcore/rock favourites Every Time I Die will return for Soundwave Revolution in September/October. Loud got frontman Keith Buckley (who will be pulling double-duty at the festival, performing with metal “supergroup” The Damned Things) to get the lowdown on their thoughts on Australia, touring, their next studio album and Van Halen.
Q: Last time Every Time I Die was in Australia was in Australia it was for the “Boys of Summer Tour,” and now you’re coming down here for the Soundwave Revolution festival. What are you looking forward to most about being back in Australia?
A: Well the weather, definitely; the scenery, absolutely. But I mean, this festival is just like, I mean, Soundwave in general is one of those sort of things where you get on it you’re like, “Somebody’s smiling on us,” because the festival’s stacked, the crowds are awesome. I mean, I get to see Van Halen for the first time in my life, so that is definitely something I’m looking forward to.
Q: Do you guys get much time off when you’re on the road for a festival like Soundwave or is it just full-on, nonstop touring with no time to yourself?
A: I mean you can always find time for yourself. Australia especially because, you know, there is a lot of downtime between the festival and Soundwave. I mean we’re always, you know, we always manage to find time to do great stuff. We went to Rottnest Island I think the last time we were there. It’s just awesome, it’s just so different over there than it is over here. I mean there’s not as… Over here if you get a day off you can go to a mall and go see a movie. Over there if you get a day off, you go to a beach, with black rocks and you go to an island and ride bikes and see wild animals, so we love going over there for that fact.
Q: Who are you most looking forward to playing alongside on the bill?
A: Van Halen. Seeing them will be one thing as a fan, but we can actually SAY that we were on the same bill as Van Halen. That’s a life goal, and we can check it off the bucket list immediately. But I mean there’s a lot of great bands that we wanna see, and a lot our friends will be there, like Four Years Strong. It’ll be good to be reunited with them.
Q: What do you see as the defining characteristic of the Australian fan base? I’ve heard a lot of bands say that fans from Australia are among the most mental and rabid fans in the world?
A: Yeah, yeah they are. I don’t know what it is, because even as far as bands we know and we’ve toured with, Parkway Drive are some of the most insane dudes we’ve ever met because they’re just… Everyone in Australia’s just extreme. That’s just the only thing you can say: they’re extreme. They do extreme sports 24 hours a day; everyone in Australia seems very geared towards just having a great time and just making the most out of life, and that shows. You can definitely tell that people are trying to get the most fun out of their night.
Q: Every Time I Die have been around for more than ten years now, and I personally feel that that’s a major milestone for a band to make it that far. Do you feel that as far as the newer bands on the bill go that you have an obligation to come out and fly the flag for metal as leaders or elders for the younger bands that are playing?
A: You definitely want to think that, you want to believe that, you’ve done this for so long that people do sort of look to you. I’m not trying to sound arrogant or pompous, but it’s cool to run into newer bands that we like and have them say, “I grew up listening to you guys.” But on the other side of the coin, you run into so many bands that think they’re so far beyond you, they don’t even want to fraternise with you, they don’t wanna talk to you, they don’t wanna know what it’s about and I don’t think we’re like that at all. We’re constantly looking for new bands to check out and to tour with and to influence us. I don’t want to wave a flag because that’s not ours to wave, I mean, we’re still learning and I think that once you stop opening yourself up to those experiences then your band is gonna quickly decline as far as relevance goes.
Q: You guys are in the process of recording a new album, how is the recording going?
A: Great. It’s going really, really well. We’re taking a different approach to it than we ever have. It’s a lot more involved with everyone, it’s not like, “One person’s gonna go in and they’re gonna do all their tracks and then that’s gonna be done, then another person’s gonna come in and do all their tracks and that’s gonna be done.” We’re around each other from start to finish, morning to night. We’re all kind of lending each other ideas which is a new way of doing it for us but I love it.
Q: Now there’s a rumour floating around that the album is going to be called Horny Wolf Party Anthem?
A: It’s only Australian interviewers that have asked me about this! I’ve never heard that before in my life. It’s an awesome name but we definitely didn’t start that. I don’t know where it’s coming from; it’s not out of the question but it is an awesome name, so we’ll see what happens.
Q: Can we expect to see a few tracks from the new album to be played live at Soundwave Revolution?
A: I don’t know; I would love to say yes, but we’re scattered all over the place right now. Our drummer’s (Ryan Leger) from Canada, Jordan (Buckley, guitars) lives in California, our bass player (Josh Newton) lives in New York City. Once we’re done recording, I think we’re only going to have two or three days rehearsal before we actually comes to Australia. I don’t wanna get anyone’s hopes up but I honestly just don’t know yet; we’re just gonna have to play it by ear.
Q: I found a quote on your website that said that you guys believed: “Technology has undoubtedly enhanced our existence, but it has also made us vulnerable to government interference, sensory overload and identity theft.” But in this day and age you can’t escape the prevalence of things like social networking, blogging and even the technology you use to record your music. Do you find that this prevalence of technology is a problem and how does Every Time I Die avert themselves from it?
A: I see it as a problem only if you’re not willing to adapt to it. I mean you can be staunch and say, “I don’t want to learn this,” “I’m a purist,” “I’m gonna do everything the way it used to be done,” I mean, that’s cool and that works for some people, but the more open you are to making it work for you, the better. You’re only gonna get left behind. We’ve seen more technological advancements since 1992 than we have in the last thousand years. It’s telescopic, it’s all coming together and you can’t deny it. Like I said, you have to learn how to make it work for you, otherwise it’s going so fast you’re going to be left behind.
Q: Is this going to be something that plan to deal with again on the new record?
A: It’s not that overwhelming right now where it’s like a constant burden on my existence. I honestly think that if I let it suffocate me as much as it possibly could with all the social networking, all the sort of micromanaging that you can do as far as the way that your band or yourself is perceived; I think that once you start weighing that into consideration, it’s going to totally stifle creativity. I think that luckily, creativity is the one thing that technology’s not gonna completely eliminate. At least for the writing process, you have to take a step back and sort of go inward as opposed to going outward so that’s what I’ve tried to do.
Q: The band has a fearsome live reputation. Can you promise any surprises or new ideas that you’ll bring with your live show, and what new and old fans can expect to see?
A: The thing that’s always been refreshing about being in Every Time I Die is that it’s not planned out; whatever happens, happens. Last time we were at Soundwave I asked people to throw garbage at us and that was extremely memorable. Once I saw a dude in the crowd with a fake leg so I took it and drank a beer out of it. It’s just very spontaneous, spur of the moment; as long as the crowd is active and involved, it’s going to be memorable. I can’t say that we have pyrotechnics or a lot of production because we don’t; we’re just a live band and as long as the crowd’s into it, it’s going to be something that they take away.
Q: It’s definitely a more personal experience for people. The fans buy your music, so do you feel that the live experience is ultimately the greatest way to connect with them again and thank them?
A: It’s the only way. Speaking of all this technology, it really is the basest way to connect back to yourself; being around other people. In person, not on Twitter, not on Facebook. Being around other human beings. People appreciate it much more because there’s so much more non-physical contact out there that once you get into a live setting and you get into a club or a festival, I definitely think that it starts making people appreciate it a little more.