The Every Time I Die Interview

A Conversation with Singer Keith Buckley

Pukkelpop Festival 2011 - 18.08.2011 - Hasselt, Belgien(Feb in 2012) Every Time I Die are one of those bands who can do whatever they want to and people still love it. With their new record “Ex Lives” they sound more furious than on their last releases and take a look at their second effort “Hot Damn!”. Singer Keith Buckley answers some questions about their newest baby.

Question: Where does the album title "Ex Lives" come from and what does it mean?
Keith Buckley: It's acknowledging the fact that we've made a return to our former selves. Its Faster and angrier, like our old records were when we were young. We started from scratch on this one but used our experiences to help build it

There has been a long gap between the last record and the new one. What's the reason for that?
We waited an extra half a year to put it out so that we weren't on the same touring cycle we've been on for the past decade. Chances are if you've seen us before it's been in the same month or two that you did the year before and the year before that. We wanted to do something different.

The album sounds harder and more chaotic than before and reminds me more on "Hot Damn". How do you see it?

Very much the same. It's more fun that way.

When, where and with who did you record the album and how did the recording take place?
We went to Joe Baresi in southern California last summer. We've never worked with him before but are fans of the work he's done with other musicians. It was done in one room, all of us, hearing the recording in real time 14 hours a day for 4 weeks. There was no privacy. it made us very anxious and often angry and i think you can hear that.

Did you feel any pressure during the production as you have become a very popular band and a lot of fans have high expectations on you?

We're aware that there are expectations but we chose to ignore them. If people like what we do, then we should keep doing it. If we do what others want, it's not us. It's not natural. And people will see that.

EVERY TIME I DIE has a very unique sound. I couldn’t name a band that sounds like you. How important is that to you? To have an unique sound everyone will identify as ETID?

That's the most important thing. That was a quality I looked for in bands I listened to when I grew up. I could tell a band by the guitar tone, or reading lyrics I had a good guess as to who wrote them. So many bands sound the same today I can't even keep track. It's important to offer a new sound.

Unterwegs in - © sumnersgraphicsinc -"Ex Lives" is the second album that you release via Epitaph. What's the difference between their work and the worked of your previous label Ferret Records?
Epitaph just has a wider range that it can get our records top. The work ethic is very intense because neither of them have a major label budget to offer their bands, but they both put all their faith in their musicians. Epitaph has had more time to master their craft. 

You will soon come on tour across Europe. What are you expecting from your German fans? The German audience hasn't always been too euphoric thinking back at Taste Of Chaos 2009, or 2008 when you headlined where many people seemed only be interested in Drop Dead, Gorgeous.
We will come to Germany to play shows. What you think of us is not my business. If you want to watch and have fun, that’s great. If you want to pout and wish we were more like drop dead gorgeous, go for it. It's not going to change how we play.

How does the European audience differ from the one in the States? And is there really such a difference between continental Europe and the UK, where you seem to have a lot more fans.

There's no one scene to compare to another one scene across the water. Each place is different. The UK has kids that are always excited to see American bands and our shows there are fucking insane. Germany is hit or miss while Prague and Lisbon were bonkers. We've had great shows and we've had terrible shows. we take it in stride. You can't win them all. Obviously the language barrier in Europe has a lot to do with how well the crowd gets involved. It's understandable. I'm just grateful to be able to travel and play music, like it or not.

A Conversation with Singer Keith Buckley

Interview © by Sebastian Berning