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Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley Speaks On “Low Teens” Inspiration, Quitting Drinking


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Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley talked with Altpress.com about the band’s upcoming new album “Low Teens” and the circumstances behind it. During the pre-production/writing phase of the effort, Buckley‘s wife suffered life-threatening complications seven months into her pregnancy, forcing a premature birth of their daughter Zuzana. While everyone is now healthy and flourish, it’s a harrowing experience that fueled much of the lyrics on the new album. In fact, Buckley was writing lyrics that wound up on the album while in the hospital room with his wife at the time:

“…I was just writing. I hadn’t heard any songs, so I didn’t know what it would be, if it was going to be a letter or whatever. Then when I went back to put the lyrics to the music—they were still in the hospital when the record was being made—I took things out of the stuff that I had written. There was nothing I could do; I was sitting there holding her hand. It showed me new depths of what I am capable of feeling, especially after so many years of being in a band where you think you’ve dulled all of your edges by now.”

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Buckley has also put down the bottle as well in the time since, he said of Every Time I Die‘s time this summer on the ‘Vans Warped Tour‘:

“I didn’t drink this whole summer, I just focused on being okay to perform all the time. I think we sounded the best we’d ever been and excited to be there. It’s not like we’re removing all the antics and along with it goes the whole band. My focus is shifting to the more professional side of it, which is okay. Well, I tell myself it’s okay so I can make myself feel better. [Laughs.]”

He continued:

“…That was important to me because I do understand I am getting older and performing is not as easy as it used to be. I was losing my voice a lot on tours. Every two weeks, I was in the Minute Clinic or an emergency care trying to figure out what was going on with my breathing and everything. It was just a mess. I didn’t want to believe it was the alcohol. I was drinking for 20 years, “it’s got to be something else.” [Laughs.]

So I just thought, let’s see what happens if I bite the bullet, stop drinking and see how my voice sounded. I didn’t lose it once; I sounded great all summer. I know that the ETID fan is getting older. To come out to an ETID show, they’re getting babysitters, maybe taking off work—they’re really making a night out of the show. I owe it to them to be good. I can’t show up at a show hungover with a blown-out voice and expect these people to leave happy when they’ve invested a lot of time and money to watch a show.”

When asked if the band is a way of life now for Buckley and crew, he offered:

“For us, it’s very much a way of life. There’s no hobby in it. With the news of Dillinger Escape Plan breaking up, [people] are like, “You’re the last from that era.” There’s no shelf life to a band, it’s not like we’re, “Oh, we’re too old now, bye.” We’ve done this band since we knew we wanted to do anything at all. When you feel like it’s your calling, you go on until you feel like it’s not your calling anymore. But while it is, it is absolutely a way of life.”

There’s more from Buckley to be found over at Altpress.com.

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