Between The Buried and Me

Interview: Between The Buried And Me – Blake Richardson

They are building the story off the song ‘Jetpacks Was Yes!” which was based around an immortal who starts to regret his immortality as he outlives all of his loved ones and eventually he watches as the planet and universe around him die.

Interesting, I will need to keep an eye open for that then to see how they work the story.

Have you already mapped out where the story is going so you know how it will end, just filling out everything in between?

Yeah Paul [Waggoner] and Tommy [Giles Rogers] have a good grasp of it. I know where it is all going but they are a lot more schooled on the details of how everything will pan out so I can’t spoil anything until they tell me fully [laughs].

Having that EP and also working with music on a concept basis for ‘Colors’ then at least you’re not going into this blind and you know how to work the music to your advantage with the story now.

Exactly, that’s what we have to do with this record now by taking what we have done and just moving it forward. We need to map out the full story for each song then we can explore our sound more than usual depending on where the story is going. The music will have to sync with the story and the lyrics and people may look at that as an easier task, as you let the story guide you, but to get the emotion and the feel just right is actually a lot tougher because you could murder the story at track three then the rest of the record just cannot hold up. I suppose in fact this time our writing process will be a lot different but not too far out of the box because we’re not building around a riff now, we’re building around the story, it will bring a different vibe to it all so yeah, just delete my answer from before as I wasn’t thinking [laughs]. I’m stoked about it; I think it will be a lot of fun.

Between The Buried And Me Band PictureHave you already tried out any ideas for what you have in mind or will you just wait until the US tour is over then jump right into it all then?

We have messed around with a few things but that’s all it has been, messing around. We will take it seriously after the US tour when we can sit together in a room, relax and just talk about ideas.

Just on the idea of taking your music in a different direction, on the US tour you have TesseracT out with you and like every genre, progressive metal has spawned its own sub-genre which we now know as Djent.

Oh yeah that stuff [laughs].

What’s your impression on the new djent sound, do you like it?

I don’t know; I don’t really have a preference on it. I think what’s more amusing is the names they come up for some genres, “djent” [laughs].

I suppose that one came a little easier because of the sound “djent djent” but whoever thought of the spelling is the one to be credited with it I suppose.

[Laughs]. Love how you did that sound, we should get you up on stage tonight with us now [laughs]. It’s funny that it caught on. Someone just came out with that term and then it just moved on.

It’s doing really well as it has spawned a lot of bands.

[Laughs]. I know. It was sort of like everyone was waiting for someone to give them a genre and as soon as someone called it “Djent” then all these bands just appeared. I don’t think they wanted it to be ever called something like Meshuggahcore or something [laughs]. Those guys started that whole sound so maybe they should have called it that, there wouldn’t be all these new guys around without their work [laughs].

The release of the new album next year will be your sixth in twelve years so what do you think has kept the band going for all of these years now?

I think a lot of bands just burn out but we’ve had the same mind-set since day one to just tour as much as possible and get our name out there as much as possible. We never changed our sound to fit what is currently popular out there because so many bands are doing that and by doing so they shoot themselves in the foot. All these bands think that they need to change this and that because one band is doing this or another band is doing that but they are taking a huge gamble because these bands have something about them which make the sound work for them.

Yeah there are far too many copycat bands out there right now and most of them are not even a good copy, they are pretty damn terrible.

It’s getting pretty wild out there now with some bands just following other people and hoping to emulate their success. I think we’re one of the few bands that have finished a Victory Records contract and still had steam left [laughs]. It’s so weird man but we’re going to keep on trucking and I don’t see us giving up any time soon. To be honest we don’t tour as much as we used to, now we do maybe two to three tours a year but we used to do a lot more.

A lot of bands now are on the road from anywhere between 200-300 days a year now.

Aw I know but some of them have to be man, they don’t have a choice. People keep asking me what advice I have for bands who are starting out right now and really I don’t know what to say as the game has changed so much. I only started touring maybe six/seven years ago but everything has changed so much since then.

I think a lot of that comes down to the internet and the fact that back when you were touring six/seven years ago, it wasn’t the only source of income you had and now if you factor in fuel prices also then the cost of food and everything is just getting out of hand.

Exactly. When we started the internet was there but it didn’t have so much of a hold on the industry yet to the degree it is now. At the same time we were touring with a trailer and gas prices were not as high as they are now. You could be given $200-250 at a show and still have plenty of money left over by the time we got to our next show, which in the US from city to city you’re probably talking an average six to seven hour drive between places. I don’t know how bands today can take a $100 guarantee and go with it; I just can’t work it out. I’m glad that we toughed it out over the rough years because now we know a lot more about what goes on and how to make everything work for us.

Track: Augment of Rebirth

EP: The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

Tosin actually said upstairs that he has no issues or problems with file sharing because without it now he wouldn’t be here or be able to afford the travel between gigs as more people come out to shows through the sharing of their music. Then they buy the merchandise straight from his hand so he is able to control the money which now makes him a touring artist.

That is one of the best benefits of it; more money is put into your hand at shows and through merchandise because people find it easier to explore music. It still sucks that people won’t buy our music legally, probably more than half the people here tonight don’t own one of our CDs, they just went and downloaded our full discography off the internet but if they buy a ticket to our show and then buy a t-shirt then we’re still making money, it all comes full circle. It’s just a sacrifice that you have to make now if your music is obtained or given away for free but if that person buys a ticket to come to our show then I’m cool with that. The only way you make a living as a musician is by touring your ass off as that’s the only way to make it work. The days of making money from CDs is long gone so if you’re under the illusion that you will enter this industry and make money from albums then I’m sorry, you will make nothing.

How profitable has touring become for you?

We’re doing good. Touring over here is weird as it’s basically like starting all over again as we have to slowly get that fanbase up but we’re at the point that we at least break even so it is fine.

Least you can assess your next step in the UK now, especially here tonight knowing that it has sold out and you know that it will bring you something extra next time.

Yeah exactly. As long as it pays the bills, as we’re not under any illusion that we’ll make millions from this, as long as I can pay my phone bill, my rent and my power then we’re doing good.

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