Mark Rowan sat down with Keith Buckley, vocalist of spastic metalcore band Every Time I Die, to chat. They two went over some thoughts about the band's upcoming album, the joy of Cheetos and the most worn out internet meme since All Your Base or First!.
So I heard all the instrumentation is done without you and when itâs finished you add the vocals, why do you go about things that way?
I really donât know, I think itâs mainly because I know that Iâm completely inept when it comes to writing music, [laughs] so I donât think Iâd have much to say in the instrument department. I donât even really know what to get a feeling for; I really have to hear the song. It sort of dictates what kind of mood the lyrics will take. I like have some sort of structure or else I canât even think of writing any lyrics without any sort of structure. Itâs always worked for me; itâs what weâve been doing. When we first started we didnât know any other way to do it and it seems to be working just fine for us.
There was a van accident earlier this year; can we expect a song to be written about it?
[laughs] Thereâs going to be a bigger and better van accident this year. Weâre going to top the last one.
So thatâs your goal?
Yeah, that one was a pussy flip. We are going to do some cartwheels; we are going to get at least two and a half turns out of it.
Have you heard about the movie Snakes on a Plane?
Oh my girlfriend just told me about that, itâs so fucking weird you just said that. Is it awesome? Iâm sure itâs going to be awesome, it sounds awesome.
Itâs going to win at least eight Oscars.
One for each snake on the plane. [laughs] As far as animals go in movies, you have King Kong and Narnia, all these other movies with animals and not a single animal has won an Oscar. So Iâm fucking rooting for the snakes this time.
Yeah, I donât think King Kong has shit on this movie.
Iâm going to look up the trailer when this is over.
Itâs pretty good, actually Gutter Phenomenon has a bunch of snakes on the cover and Snakes on a Plane comes out 5 days before the anniversary of its release, is this a huge-genius marketing campaign for record sales?
Perfect! We had an in with the studio that made the movie. You know when Blair Witch came out they started promoting it like a year before kind of like "what is a Blair Witch?" and "Is it a real documentary?" So this is all sort of the plan to put snakes on the cover about a year before the movie came out.
Itâs a great plan, has there been any work on the next album yet?
No, absolutely not. I think weâre going to start this week.
Do you have any idea what kind of direction itâs going to go in?
I donât really know. Iâm hoping that it goes into a more basic rock feel. I like a lot more groove in the next record. We sort of started in that direction with "The New Black" on this one. Iâd like to use that song like a springboard for more songs on the next one.
I just read your site about that guy misquoting you and all and I was thinking to myself youâre going to hate doing another interviewâ¦
Oh no no no. That was an exception to the rule. Iâm going to take cues from Howard Stern on this one and never try to be funny in print because stuff like doesnât come across and then you end up looking like an asshole.
[…]never try to be funny in print because stuff like doesnât come across and then you end up looking like an asshole.
Whatâs some advice you can give to journalists about capturing a personality or presenting a band in the right light?
I donât know. I wish I knew that was a problem beforehand. Use more emoticons, more smiley faces in your interviews when you print them. [laughs] Little parentheses with chuckle. Make sure the laughs are in brackets.
How would you suggest for journalists to make up better lies?
Oh god. I would just completely disregard the whole interview in itself and make up lies that are so unrealistic so there is no controversy.
Just get creative?
Absolutely. Let yourself go. Take a bunch of hallucinogenic drugs and just make up an interview.
Oh! David Koechner is in this movie Snakes on a Plane, huh?
David Koechner he used to be on Saturday Night Live and he was in that movie Waiting, the one about the restaurant.
I know Kenan from Kenan & Kel fame is in it.
Yeah, I think heâs going to steal some awards from Samuel L. Jackson.
Is he in it? Holy shit, he is in it.
I hear thereâs a rumor that he says, "get these mother fucking snakes off this mother fucking plane."
You know how many CDs are going to have that as samples?
Youâre taking Chiodos on this tour, who else?
Cheetos? Fuck yeah we have Cheetos.
No no, the band. Chiodos, I think the name is.
Oh yeah that. Iâm like "Fuck yeah we love Cheetos." I donât know who else is going to be on that to tell you the truth. It was a last minute thing. I know weâre jumping on a show that has a bunch of bands already on it. I think itâs only two shows with them, they are the only ones specifically locked in at this point.
So youâre a pretty big Simon and Garfunkel fan, what are some other bands or artists that you listen to that people may not expect?
That people make fun of? Counting Crows. Basically Iâm a sucker with anything with a girl singer. Thatâs why Iâm really excited to see the Sounds on Warped Tour.
Fuck yeah we love Cheetos.
What about some up and coming bands people should be looking out for?
Thereâs this new band Metallica, I think they are going to do something real big. This other band Pantera I just heard, I think they are going to make a name for themselves.
Eh, I donât think they are going anywhere.
Yeah, [laughs]. He is Legend I fucking love. I donât know if they are up and coming. We just finished a tour with them and they were awesome to watch every night.
You guys seem to be pretty big partiers on tour, whatâs a crazy tour story you can tell us?
You know what? every single crazy tour story has been compiled and put into our DVD which is coming out soon. Thereâs a lot, Jordan lit his head on fire. Iâm stoked for people to see it. So Iâll reserve that. There are some snakes on a plane.
Snakes on a tour bus?
The craziest tour story was when we were flying to Japan and there was a bunch of killer snakes on a plane.
Was Samuel L. Jackson there to help you guys out?
Yeah, he was in coach. [laughs]