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    Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:56:50

    I See Stars Talk "Digital Renegade" and More - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    There couldn't be a better title for the latest I See Stars record than Digital Renegade.

    It's a heavy collection of raw anthems that side-wind through electro flourishes and industrial grime, making it as catchy as it is corrosive. I See Stars have rewritten the rule book with this one, and they're blazing a path for everyone else to follow.

    In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, I See Stars singer Devin Oliver talks Digital Renegade and so much more.

    Did you have one vision or vibe in mind for Digital Renegade?

    We definitely approached it with one solid vision. We really wanted it to be a heavier record. We also really wanted the lyrics to be super blunt. I know a lot of the songs on the album are political. We're very conspiracy-driven. There are songs like "NZT48" and "Digital Renegade" that are extremely political. We didn't go in there with one solid concept necessarily. There are also songs like "Electric Forest" which is about the experience at a show and losing yourself in music. We didn't want to be one-minded on the album. We believe music is still about being able to forget about the problems in the world and losing yourself. We tried to write about different things as well.

    What are some of those things?

    For "Electric Forest", we really wanted to lyrically capture what it's like to be at a show and contribute some of the end-of-the-world vibe like it's your last show ever. For our whole lives, we've been the underdog band. In "Gnars Attacks", we're talking about what it's like being the underdog and how some people and other bands mistreat you. There are also people who are nice, and you'll remember them when you rise. We wanted to make the record very diverse.

    Where did "Filth Friends Unite" come from?

    When we wrote it, it was just music. We put together this hypothetical bank robbing story for the song. It turned out to be really badass. We're stoked on it. That was the first track we released. It turned out to be our favorite song and our fans'.

    What's your personal favorite?

    I'm always about the underdog songs on the album. I really like "Underneath Every Smile". We've never played it live. Once we get to do a headlining run, we're going to play it and I think it's going to turn people's heads. I love "I Believe" too. It's my brother and I singing, and it's the first time anybody else in the band has sang on an album. It's really cool. "Digital Renegade" is my favorite song though.

    If you were to compare Digital Renegade to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?

    For "Filth Friends Unite", I'd say The Town with Ben Affleck, which is a badass bank robbing movie and the beginning of Batman with the joker. For "NZT48", I'd say V for Vendetta hands-down. We wear the V for Vendetta masks in the music video so that movie was a huge inspiration in a way. It teaches us we always have to be aware and ready for anything and not put too much power in the wrong hands. It's an inspirational movie, and I could watch it a million times.

    What artists shaped you?

    Circa Survive has always been a big inspiration for me. I remember going to Warped Tour in 2008. They played, and I was hooked at that point. Seeing them capture their album live was amazing. We pride ourselves in being able to do that.

    Rick Florino
    11.29.12


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