Keith Buckley Of Every Time I Die

Ex-Every Time I Die Frontman Keith Buckley On The Band’s “Heartbreaking” Split: “I Can’t Even Say What The State Of The Band Is Right Now”


Now former Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley is presently on a solo tour of the UK and has been opening up further about the recent split of the aforementioned Buffalo, NY metalcore institution. Buckley has been out on the road this week with Matt Stocks of the ‘Life In The Stocks‘ podcast, partaking in an in-depth interview, audience Q&A’s, live book readings and performing via that ‘An Evening With’ formatted tour, which launched earlier this week.

Last month saw Every Time I Die implode in public view as grievances between Keith and the rest of his now ex-bandmates were aired out on social media, leaving the now former group split into two factions, one of which solely consisted of Keith.

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While the conclusion of the band’s over twenty year career was a shock to many, upon reflection, Keith has further revealed that the seeds of tension within the group’s ranks—and in particular with his brotherly bandmate, guitarist Jordan Buckley—were deep rooted.

Metal Hammer were in attendance at the opening night of the ongoing solo tour in London this past Monday (February 07th) and shared some of what Keith had to say to the audience about that:

“The term ‘artist’ never came up in my family. We never referred to each other as artists, we just kinda existed. And it wasn’t until I got sober that I realized that that artistic spark is fundamental to every venture that you do as a human being, and if that spark isn’t there, then there’s no energy to push you into the next thing.

So once I got sober and I realized that that spark in me had just been caked with resentment and anger and confusion and a lack of faith in anything, I saw it for what it was. And it was this poor little thing that was inside of me from the beginning, that made me want to be a writer, that made me want to be a musician, that made me want to go on tour, that then made me figure out how to deal with life in the public eye…

There’s been something that’s been driving me on. I think that it’s an objective fact that Every Time I Die existed for longer than most bands, so there was something in that formula that was alchemic, that was completely singular to us.

And I think it was the rivalry… I think it was just those two forces constantly battling which kept pushing the band along. And once I got sober, and I realized that that was a very antiquated way to power shit… [I thought] we don’t need to push the band forward with negativity, we can talk about things now.”

“I went to the band, and I went to the manager at the time, and I said, ’I fucked up a lot’. A lot of it was because of my drinking, a lot of it was exacerbated by a co-dependent marriage, but I said I’m on to that now, now we can really just address the problems that aren’t coming in from any outside sources, now it’s us. That’s all I ever tried to do.”

In a bid to further aid his path of sobriety, Keith stated that he began to isolate himself from select situations involving the band and the business, rather than dictate that they follow and adhere strictly to his lifestyle change. He said of that:

“I really felt that that was was a good thing good thing for everyone, because I knew that there was friction between Jordan and I. There were a lot of things that happened during the pandemic that still haven’t come out between he and I that led to this, there were multiple attempts at communication, therapy and everything. I love therapy… and I went to it, and I encouraged it for the band, but it was cut off, and I didn’t know why.

I just feel like I was looked at in bad faith. And I understand that, because I was an alcoholic and I did a lot of terrible things, and so it’s easy to see someone who’s constantly fucking up their own life and just realize that every decision they make is gonna suck, no matter what… And I know that that bad faith filter had been put on for 20 years…

All I hoped to do was get a clean start and say, take all those filters away and try to look at me now as someone who is totally changing the way they’re living and thinking and speaking and interacting and communicating, and give it a chance: just pretend that I’m not the guy that you got used to. And they couldn’t do it. And it broke my heart.

“On that [final Every Time I Die] tour…it was undeniable that I was performing better than I ever have. I was at the top of my fucking game. And I did not see this coming… I was led to believe that everything I was doing was working for the betterment of the band.

I wanted the band to come out of the pandemic shot out of a fucking cannon, Because I knew that [2021 album] ‘Radical‘ was going to do it for us, it was going to be the one that finally got us to a Mastodon level, or whatever… I’d come out of a marriage with a new approach, and a new confidence to life…and I just wanted the band to have their time to shine.

It’s heartbreaking, heartbreaking. However, it is not the end of anything: I can’t even say what the state of the band is right now.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that, right now, this is exactly where I fucking want to be, and I’m very thankful to be here.”

Stephen Micciche, bassist for the now defunct Every Time I Die previously offered a different side of events than the one presented by Keith here. Speaking via social media last month, Micciche accused Keith of trying to have his brother Jordan ejected from the band, while also making other erratic decisions.

Micciche also claimed that Keith and Jordan partook in one lone therapy session, which the band paid for. According to Micciche, it was Keith who decided to end the sessions after that initial one, with the vocalist having “convinced the band that he could continue on and keep the band rolling.”

Micciche also contested Keith‘s allegations that the group had been conspiring to replace him. According to Micciche in January, “there was zero conversation, I mean, zero, about replacing Keith as the singer of ETID.”

As for his future plans, Keith stated that he has yet to decide on his next musical venture, but is open to pursuing the various options he has been presented with since splitting from Every Time I Die:

“I’m very open to making more music though and may even learn an instrument or two myself so I’m not so heavily reliant on other people to make creative decisions, have a little more control. I just want to work with people who are in love with the music and do it for that reason, you know? There are people I’d love to work with – [Cave In/Mutoid Man vocalist/guitar] Stephen Brodsky, [Fall Out Boy duo] Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley [both members, alongside Buckley, of The Damned Things]… I have options now where I’ve never had them before and so I’m just going to go where feels best.”

Additionally, Buckley acoustically performed the “Radical” track “Thing With Feathers“, fan-filmed footage of which can be found below. The remaining dates for Buckley‘s ongoing solo UK tour include:

02/09 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
02/10 Leeds, UK – The Key Club
02/11 Belfast, IRE – Empire
02/12 Dublin, IRE – Whelans


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