Many people see Every Time I Die as a party band, yet you also write lyrics that possess a literary style and a certain acerbic wit. How are you able to reconcile these seemingly conflicting things in the creation of the unique sound that is Every Time I Die?
I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive, I think it’s kind of maybe the people I grew up reading and wanted to emulate when I was really young and a lot of the beat generation writers and things like that. And they were notorious drug users and drunks, but they still had a prose that was memorable. I actually think they complement each other more so than they do to disabuse each other.
You quote the poet Amiri Baraka in “Revival Mode” and in that song you have a line: “I should have learned a more noble craft / Out of the library and into the lab” which is immediately followed by the quote from Baraka. Can you expand on this bit of irony?
It was kind of saying that’s all I know, the stuff I’ve read in the library and to apply that to real life doesn’t necessarily work all the time. It’s the sort of thing where growing up in order to play a sport, I’d have to read a book and in order to get a skateboard I’d have to read a book, so it was the one before the other all the time and I wouldn’t change a thing. That’s just how I was brought up, so firstly came the literary then came the literal.
Artist Paul Ribera decided to ruin all of childhoods with warped and strung out versions of 90’s cartoons. Have fun trying to sleep ever again.
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