Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley

Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley Speaks On Band’s Slow Progress With New Album, Being Sued By A Fan Over An Amputated Toe


Though they’ve been active on the road for the better part of the nearly three years since releasing their 2016 album “Low Teens“, the band’s eventual ninth studio album is still in the very early stages. Frontman Keith Buckley recently spoke with Kerrang! about where they are with the record, revealing that there isn’t much progress to talk about at all:

“There’s just been riffs going around. This is a strange time in Every Time I Die’s history, because we used to be like a very greased-gear sort of band where the record cycle would be done and we’d get back in the studio. Andy’s been doing wrestling, and he’s going off on this second phase in his life.

It’s really inspiring to watch. Dude’s 40 years old and been in a hardcore band for 20 years, and all of the sudden he finds this new life as a wrestler. Nobody wants to stop him from doing it. We’re like, ‘Dude, just do what you have to fucking do because this is really fucking cool.’”

When asked if this would be similar to the three-year gap between their 2009 album “New Junk Aesthetic” and 2012’s “Ex Lives“, Buckley replied:

“Yes, I do think it’ll be exactly like that. Like, we’re not being lazy at all. We’re still touring. It’s just so many people are into so many different new things. Jordan and I are new dads.

We have these new inspirations in our lives, and I think that this band owes it to its members to sort of let them absorb this phase change and see what happens and see what music comes out of that. You can’t rush something like that.”

Later in the chat, when asked about wild stories from their shows, he mentioned that the group are currently fighting a lawsuit from a fan who claims to have lost a toe due to an injury at one of the band’s live performances:

“One of the craziest stories I know of right now is that there’s a girl who says that we kicked a monitor over on her foot and that it broke her toe, and that she had to get her toe amputated. We’re currently in court disputing this.”

He continued:

“…One, it never fucking happened. Two, how long are you responsible for a hurt toe? Like, even if the thing fell on her toe—which it absolutely didn’t—and she hurt her toe, but she didn’t clean it, she didn’t take care of it, she didn’t set it, and then it had to get amputated, like how long are we babysitting this fucking toe? I’m so pissed off when I think about that. That’s what’s currently on the top of my list.”

When asked about which toe it was, he replied:

“I think it’s a big toe. They tried to show us pictures, and I’m like, ‘I’m not fucking looking at these pictures.’ It didn’t happen. It’s not my responsibility. I’m not responsible for that fucking toe. It’d be like if I broke my arm when I was in fucking seventh grade playing baseball. If my arm hurts, I’m not going to fucking call my coach and be like, ‘Dude, come on, man. Help me out here.’ He’s not responsible for that anymore.”

Every Time I Die‘s frenetic live performances haven’t been without similar legalities as guitarist Jordan Buckley was sued by a fan for an alleged crowdsurfing injury back in 2017. Conversely however, Jordan also accidentally saved a fan’s life by spitting beer in her eye, so perhaps there’s some good karma there to help balance out their legal woes.

You can catch the band out on the road right now with Coheed And Cambria and Mastodon:

06/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Outdoors
06/11 Detroit, MI – Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
06/13 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
06/14 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
06/15 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
06/18 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
06/19 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
06/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
06/22 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
06/23 Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
06/25 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
06/26 San Diego, CA – Petco Park – Park at the Park
06/28 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
06/29 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
06/30 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
07/02 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
07/03 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory