Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:53:17
Otherwise made one of last year's most engaging rock records with Peace at All Costs. The Las Vegas outfit immensely stepped up their game, taking the hallmarks of their already boundless sound and augmenting them with their most hummable hooks and unshakable riffs to date. It's a record that defies categorization in the best way and achieves killer songwriting at all costs. Moreover, the album solidifies them as contenders for the genre's crown.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Otherwise singer Adrian Patrick talks Peace At All Costs and so much more.
Peace At All Costs exhibits evolution, but preserves the identity you established the first time around. Was that a deliberate effort?
It was a conscious effort to do that. You pretty much nailed it right on the head. It's exactly what we were setting out to do with the second album. We wanted to embellish on the strengths of the first album and present people who supported us with something familiar, but at the same time try to explore new ground.
You came out of the gate with a boundless approach.
Yeah! It's funny. We were constantly told that we didn't have an identity because every song didn't sound like the previous one. To us, that's not being artistic. From song to song, we don't want to sound exactly the same. We want to have a common thread of course. The goal is for us to establish an identity and have people know it's us when they're listening to a song. At the same time, we want to be diverse. We're going to do that no matter what regardless of what the industry says. We'll do what we want from now on.
What ties the album together for you?
On this record, we were able to write all of these songs together. For the most part, a majority of the songs were all created at the same time with the same focus in mind. It does feel so focused in its personality because these songs were all of the same ilk or pride, if you will. They say a band has all of their lives to write their first record. With this one, we really came together as a unit. We concentrated and focused our efforts. It's awesome.
What's the story behind "Man On Fire?"
That's probably our most artistic endeavor lyrically. It's sort of a road map to who we are as people, as artists, and as songwriters. We didn't want to be as direct with the lyrics. We wanted to be a little more poetic. It's a window into our spirits. We always knew there was something special about that song. It's a great way to finish this body of work and still leave a message and a statement at the end of the record.
Where did "Demon Fighter" come from?
That's a little more direct and obvious. Obviously, everyone has their own personal demons. I definitely have mine that I've tried to deal with and am still in the process of trying to defeat. It could be drugs, alcohol, anger, frustration, and all sorts of those things. That's one we want people to take literally. Don't let darkness overtake you and destroy you because it can very easily.
Did the road fuel the fire for this album?
We came off the road even more fired up to change what's going on in our genre right now. Active Rock—I'm sick of that stigma. I recently spoke at the Las Vegas Music Summit. I was a panelist on the artist panel, which was pretty cool. Rock 'n' roll isn't dead like Gene Simmons said, but it's definitely not doing well. Every band wants to be the one to save rock 'n' roll, but there's more to it. There are so many politics to this. It goes beyond writing a good song.
If you were to compare Peace At All Costs to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
It would probably be the Batman trilogy—Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. Those movies have so much going on when it comes to an emotional level. There's the love interest aspect. We never shy away from that. We're all hopeless romantics except for maybe our drummer [Laughs]. Then there's the aspect of saving the world and being a part of something bigger than what you are as an individual, which is what Batman symbolizes. Of course, there's the violence. We're a band that likes extremes. We come from a place of extremes, and we want to cover every aspect and facet of the human condition. We want to be tender at moments and violent at others. We can be introspective and then emotional. We do that all throughout this album. The best analogy for a movie would be the Batman trilogy with Christian Bale, by the way [Laughs].
What have you been listening to lately?
We've been listening to a lot of Porcupine Tree and City and Colour. I still go out and buy CDs, personally. I got the Best Of The Talking Heads and Bill Withers. I've been in my own little sonic headspace.
What are your favorite Otherwise songs?