Interview: Camera Can't Lie — "I'm sure there are probably a few tricks still up our sleeves for the full-length…"
Tue, 18 May 2010 09:20:45
Not Everyone Leaves is a snapshot of so many things for Camera Can't Lie.
The band's latest EP comes to life like a sprawling pop epic—from the super-charged riff igniting "Losing You" to the theatrical bounce of "Call Me Crazy." With Not Everyone Leave's five songs, the Minneapolis trio explores a myriad of moods, textures and feelings with some infectious hooks and a boat load of undeniable rhythms.
Camera Can't Lie bassist Kyle Lindsay sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about Not Everyone Leaves, why the '90s rules and what the band shares with the Kennedy and Nixon debates…
Not Everyone Leaves feels like a complete album in terms of deep it goes emotionally.
That's the idea! It's a promo EP that consists of four songs that will be on our full-length album. It's basically something to hold fans over. We picked four songs that were a little upbeat and we thought would fit well on an EP to promote the record that'll come out later. The idea is tour around that for a little while.
"Losing You" is really a bit dark. What's the story behind that one?
We always try to create honest songs that don't insult the listener. We want to be really direct with them while still having fun and rocking. Our singer actually wrote "Losing You" to himself in the future. It's to remind that no matter what happens he should always remember where he came from and to stay humble—basically to come back down to earth. Don't get a big head is what that song means. That's actually the oldest song that we still play; it's from about three years ago. We worked with [Producer] Ron Aniello on the full album and the sound of the record is just insane. We couldn't be happier.
If you were to compare this record to a movie what would you compare it to?
That's a really good question! [Laughs] I think I would maybe compare it to A Walk to Remember. I'd compare it to a movie about people who change. Maybe they're not one-hundred percent good at the beginning but they definitely come around. There's character development. I think of movies like that. I don't have a specific one though, but A Walk to Remember came to mind. I have to think about it more [Laughs].
The EP definitely follows a cinematic narrative.
Absolutely! A lot of our songs deal with tough issues—heartbreak, this imperfect world and people who make mistakes and overcoming them. We're really about finding good in people, overcoming obstacles and living life to the fullest.
Where does that theatrical vibe on "Call Me Crazy" come from?
That song was almost an afterthought, and it ended up making the record. There are a few songs on the album that feel like party songs. Everyone can dance and rock out to them. I know what you mean about the theatrical side. I'm not sure how that happened—studio magic, I guess!
Do you have more acoustic material like "I'll Wait for You" ready?
I'm sure there are probably a few tricks still up our sleeves for the full-length. We have that song recorded with the full band on the album. We wanted to do something a little different, and it turned out really well. We're stoked about it. Whenever I watch a band, if they can play a set live or transpose a song and do a different arrangement with it, it speaks volumes about the band and the song.
Does Minneapolis have thriving rock scene right now?
Coming up in the scene, there was a lot of pop punk and pop rock. Then you had screamo bands. Honestly, it's a big indie scene in Minneapolis, and I think it will always continue to be. There's this indie rock scene that's so strong there, and it's really cool. We fit in with the indie crowd and the young kids that like a little heavier music.
What records do you always come back to?
I would have to say Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. Josh loves the Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20 and Blink-182. Eric is a sucker for the Goo Goo Dolls. We're all heavily influenced by '90s alternative radio. We listen to pretty much any '90s band.
There's just something about that era though…
I still think it's my favorite music of all-time. I love classic rock and my dad showed me The Beatles, AC/DC and whatnot, but the '90s music will always be my favorite to listen to and will probably influence me the most.
What does the band name mean to you?
We were searching the internet for sayings and whatnot while looking for a band name. We stumbled across "Camera Cannot Lie" from the presidential debates with Kennedy and Nixon. They were the first televised debates, and it was something that was said because Nixon looked horrible on the debates. He was sweaty. Kennedy looked like a pro and he wasn't nervous. That's really what won the election for him—what was rumored because of that. That has nothing to do with why we picked the name. We just really liked it. We adapted it to ourselves. We try to be the same people all the time and just be honest. That's what the name means to us. It's catchy, and it looks cool on t-shirts [Laughs].
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