Everyone Dies In Utah Talk "+//- (Polarities)"
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:01:37
The best heavy music always has a story.
Everyone Dies In Utah weave together an intriguing tale of morality and revenge within their new album +//- (Polarities). The central concept comes through just as loud and clear as the explosive riffage and entrancing synths. At the eye of this storm, frontman Danny Martinez takes on the role of the guide through this narrative, delivering every word with power and passion. It's a deep, dark, and decidedly enigmatic offering that begs multiple listens.
In this exclusive interview, Everyone Dies In Utah mainman Danny Martinez talks +//- (Polarities), movies, and so much more.
When did you first get the idea to approach Polarities as one vision?
A few tours ago, there were some really long drives so I had this idea. It originally started as just a song about a guy that's in a mental institution. It slowly grew into this full story. We were like, "Why don't we just create a concept about this guy?" In the long run, we came up with this story of good versus evil, light versus dark, and positive versus negative. That's how Polarities came to be.
Everybody deals with those extremes in daily life.
Exactly! When I write lyrics, I want to have that message because I feel like music is such a powerful thing. I'd rather write about something that will help people out in life than nothing, you know?
How do you approach writing? Is the goal to tap into something cinematic?
It depends. I listen to the music, and I let it bring out the words. I feel what the music makes me feel, and that's what I write down. Since this was a concept album, I had a particular topic to write about. It was a little easier. The writing process was so quick. Having the concept helped a little bit. I wasn't searching for topics to write about.
What's the story behind "Polarities: The Shift"?
That's the conclusion of the whole story. In the concept, it's the song where the dad meets up with his daughter's murderer. Basically, he has a knife to the killer's neck, and he's fighting with his conscience. He's going back and forth about whether or not he should kill this guy. The whole concept takes place in the mental institution. Our album art looks like an abandoned hospital. He sneaks into this institution to kill the murderer. While he's there, he sees the ghost of his daughter. She's trying to keep from the dark throughout the entire CD. She wants his heart to stay in the light. It's like an angel is on one shoulder and a devil is on the other shoulder. "Polarities: The Shift" is the moment he has to decide whether he's going to go to the light or to the dark.
Where does "Party At the Moon Tower" fit into the story?
That's the man losing faith in humanity. He's in solitary confinement thinking. I watched a full documentary about people in solitary. Most of them actually go crazy. If they were before, they go even crazier because there's no human contact. Some people meditate to keep their sanity in there. He's trying to find something to reassure him there are still good people out there.
Did you watch a lot of movies while writing this?
I watched a few documentaries so I could get some insight into what people actually went through when they were in mental institutions.
If you were to compare Polarities to a movie, what would you compare it to?
There are a couple of movies in mental institutions that have that crazy twist at the end. Sucker Punch would be the closest one I can think of because we have the little thoughts and side stories like they have in that movie.
What are some of your favorite movies?
I like horror movies even if they're really bad. I'm a big fan of the Resident Evil movies. I like zombie movies.
Which zombie flicks do you come back to?
Resident Evil would be the first. Then, the other would be 28 Weeks Later and probably the newer Dawn of the Dead. That was really good. The old one is good too though.
What artists shaped you?
As far as vocals go, whenever I first started to get into this genre, I listened to Emery and The Bled. I might've taken a little bit of influence from them. My two big influences now are The Devil Wears Prada and Enter Shikari.
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