Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:46:01
The Return sees Nonpoint once again capture the fire that solidified them as hard rock heroes on Statement. At the same time, they've progressed into an even more passionate, potent, and powerful beast on this one. Frontman Elias Soriano spits pure fury, dropping deadly bars at each turn and screaming his heart out at all the right moments. It truly is quite The Return…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Elias Soriano of Nonpoint talks The Return and so much more.
The Return captures who Nonpoint has always been and where you're heading.
We really didn't want to overthink this too much this time because the last record was received so well. When we stepped into the studio after writing for about six months and Johnny K heard the tracks, he was like, "You guys have some bangers here. Let's focus on making it sound better than the last one sonically". Lyrically and structurally, he felt like the songs were there. There wasn't a lot of work that had to be done in that sense.
Where did that come from?
I think it came from really trying to focus on parts and making sure we were doing the work before we got into the studio. Some of our worst work is stuff that has deadlines looming over us or we're rushed and really not given the time to be able to revisit and work parts. Some of the music you hear, I had six completely different versions of one or two of those songs with completely different vocals, completely different key, or a completely different arrangement. I really wanted to make the best of what the guys were handing me. I wanted to walk into the studio prepared. If you walk into the studio unprepared, you always end up wishing you had done something more.
It's the most dynamic record.
It's where we are right now. The last album was riff-driven, and I was trying to make a point all over it. This time around, it felt like I didn't want to fix what wasn't broken.
What encouraged the storytelling, lyrically?
This time around, I definitely did do a lot more storytelling. I think I'm getting to the point in my life where I've seen a lot and been through quite a bit. I'm finally starting to settle into my own personal life as far as the angst and frustration in my life goes, it's because my kid just pissed on the floor during potty training [Laughs]. That's as opposed to me feeling like I was needing more or looking for more out of my life. I started honestly looking around and seeing what I could take from it.
What's the story behind "Know Myself"?
That one is definitely personal. It's sort of a relationship song that stems from someone telling you, "This is the path you should be taking with me, or this is the way you should feel about a situation". Through the struggles of dealing with labels, the industry, and all the other things, you have to deal with, people try to pigeonhole you or paint you into a corner. We've learned the survival of this band really does come from us putting our foot down when we need to. It's to protect what we've been growing all this time. We want to take these baby steps because it's built a better foundation for this band, and it's given us longevity that we can't trade right now. We've seen bands who have put out monster records come and go in the last sixteen years. Two years later, they're swimming in the pool of mediocrity and getting by with the same old, same old kind of song. We refuse to do that.
There's a real energy to "Take Apart This World".
There's a still a lot more that we feel like we want to do as a band. There are a lot more goals we want to achieve. I honestly don't believe in the life and final death of a band. As long as the guys are around, you're still a band. The guys in Run D.M.C. are still Run D.M.C. just because they don't tour every single year, it doesn't mean they're not still a band. I plan on being in Nonpoint until I'm dead. The music has to grow with us. Our fans have to grow with us. Those are the kinds of things we think about when we make any decision in this band.
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