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Keith Buckley Of Every Time I Die

Keith Buckley Reflects On ‘Vans Warped Tour’, Says Every Time I Die Have Yet To Begin Writing New Album


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If you were hoping for Every Time I Die to be preparing to enter the studio soon, the band’s frontman Keith Buckley has some bad news for you. When asked recently by NME about what the band have planned, he commented:

“It’s strange. For as long as we’ve been a band, we’ve had a schedule where every two years we start writing a record. But we don’t have anything written yet, and we still feel like ‘Low Teens‘ has a lot of life left in it.

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For the other records, we were like, ‘Okay, that was a good record, it got it’s time in the sun, we’re going to put it to bed and move on to the next one.’ But ‘Low Teens‘ is, like, evolving still. It just keeps getting interpreted in different ways, given new life, and people seem to really be attracted to it.

We’re just going to tour for the fall. Probably we’ll start writing, but we’re not in as much of a rush. In our old age, we’re slowing down, so to speak.”

The aforementioned interview also saw Buckley discuss the impact the ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ had on the band, who played the trek 10 times throughout its 24 year cross-country touring incarnation. Speaking of having been invited to do the aforementioned tour so frequently and what his prevailing memories of the experiences were, he commented:

“…I think Less Than Jake has officially played the most amount of times, but we’re definitely up there. We’re in the top five, as far as how many years we’ve done it. When I was younger, on one stage there was Eminem and then on another stage was Snapcase, and then there’s Limp Bizkit. All these concerts I would have gone to as a kid just for those acts alone, and then being able to just wander back and forth between the stages and watch all of these incredible, life-changing bands – at that time when I was so impressionable – was something so surreal

[When you play] you kinda become matriculated into it, and the people that are working there, the production team – it becomes like a family. There’s all these cool memories of like, meeting the guys in Pennywise. They were one of the most influential bands for me, growing up. And actually becoming friends with these people, yeah, it was just really surreal…

I remember having like an imposter syndrome when we first started, like I didn’t belong. We really didn’t know what we were doing. We were just kinda getting up on stage and making noise. But then you understand how it works, so you have to make your set memorable and you have to change it up.

Just trying to keep it fresh for every day for the ten years that we did it, it became a real thoughtful process, where you have to take into consideration the fact that for these kids that are there, this might be their first time seeing you.”

He also commented on the forthcoming absence of the tour and if something will emerge to take its place:

“…I feel like Warped Tour really did something extraordinary. Considering how much music is coming out now and how much access people have to it, Warped Tour was able to keep people’s attention for 24 years, which is crazy. I don’t know if anybody can do that from the start any more.

I think is it’s just going to be popping up like a Riot Fest sort of thing. It won’t be a tour, but maybe it’ll be in different cities – like a weekend fest, maybe for a month in the summer, in different major cities. But nothing actually goes on the road like that. It’s just too much an undertaking now for anybody to do that from scratch, in this climate of constant distraction.”

You can read more from Buckley over at NME. Meanwhile, Buckley himself just released his new novel ‘Watch“. You can find out more about it here and pick it up over at Amazon. As for Every Time I Die, they have this fall U.S. tour booked with Turnstile, Angel Du$t and Vein as well as their annual holiday show.

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