Between The Buried And Me Talk "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" and More
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 06:33:29
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Between The Buried And Me didn't just personally raise the bar for themselves on The Parallax II: Future Sequence, they raised it for heavy music as a whole.
This sprawling conceptual masterpiece encompasses an enthralling lyrical narrative and a musical roller coaster that fuses heavy metal, jazz, and alternative into one transfixing trip. Not only is this Between The Buried And Me's best offering yet, it's one of the year's best. You've got to hear it to believe it…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me talks the concept for the record, movies, books, and so much more.
When did the concept for The Parallax II: Future Sequence first come about for you? Was it always the plan when you did the EP?
Yes, we had the basic idea of the story planned out before the EP was written. It was constantly changing and building when the records were being written, but the core the story pretty much stayed the same.
What was the process like fusing the lyrics and music into one vision? Was this different from writing a typical album?
With the music, we wrote like we always do, but we had the story in our minds when we were writing. We knew there had to be certain moods covered during certain parts of the story. Once the music was finishing up, I took the mood of the record and built the story around it. It was much like a score, but in reverse order—making the picture fit the music. It was something very new to me, but I enjoyed it.
"Telos" really blew me away. What's the story behind that one? Where does it fit within the album's narrative? Where were you coming from lyrically?
This song deals with the part of the story where Prospect 2 is basically deciding he wants to end humankind. He's speaking his mind to Prospect 1 and trying to convince through domination. Prospect 1 seems to have already decide he is very different from his "Soul Mate" but he decides to keep his mouth shut and leave Prospect 2's life soon. The "She Writes/Speaks" in the middle section of the song is from the point of view of Prospect 2's wife whom he left on the Old Planet. The "writes" section is a letter she is writing about how he has hurt her. He didn't leave a note or any sign of why he has left that she knows about. She feels alone and can't take life anymore. She then decides to end her life by burning down the house they built together with her inside. This note is what she will bury outside in case he ever comes back. The "speaks" section is her last thoughts while the house is burning down. "Telos" is defined as: an ultimate object or aim.
Where did "Lay Your Ghosts to Rest" come from?
Our minds! [Laughs] That was a fun song to write. I think it sets the album up nicely and lets you know we aren't holding back at all. It's very involved.
Do you tend to read a lot or watch many movies while writing?
I watch a lot of movies in general and read every once in a while. I don't really think either have a huge impact on my writing. When I feel inspired, I write and try to be creative in my own way. That's how I've always done it.
What are some books and films you come back to?
Dumb and Dumber and The Godfather Part II for movies…I will read anything Timothy Ferris writes.
Thinking outside the box, what would be the cinematic equivalent of The Parallax II: Future Sequence? If the album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I would say The Fountain.
What artists shaped you? Who do you come back to now that you even listened to as a kid?
Pantera, Anthrax, Testament, Mötley Crüe are all bands I grew up on and still love.
What's next for you?
We're touring in Europe right now. Then, we go to Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. We're taking off over the holidays to be with family and have a normal life. Then, we'll tour some in the states early next year.
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