Earthbound, the fourth album from our English metalcore mates Bury Tomorrow, is out and about and it’s probably their best yet. Nay, not probably – it is their best yet. They’ve had their ups and downs but the last few years have been on a steady incline. The musicians that make up Bury Tomorrow include: Daniel Winter-Bates (vocals), Kristan Dawson (lead guitar), Jason Cameron (rhythm guitar and clean vocals), Davyd Winter-Bates (bass) and Adam Jackson (drums) and it’s good to see that these guys are sticking to the roots of their genre.
TEO called up Jason Cameron late one Friday evening to have a chat about getting better with every album, how good Aussie metal bands are and being earthbound.
TEO: Congrats on the release of your fourth album, Earthbound. How were you guys feeling leading up to its release?
Cameron: We were feeling really good; it’s gone down really well. We were confident about this record, it’s our fourth one – we’ve had three others to try a lot of stuff out on and see if it works or not. So we were confident with this one; it’s the best one we’ve done for sure. We’re the best we can be at the moment.
Yeah, I read that Daniel said this record feels like the distillation of everything you’ve ever wanted the band to be about. Is that how you all feel? That this album is, basically, the one?
Yeah I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think we can get better; I always think we can get better. I thought that from record one. You know, when we were 16 and dating, we listened to so many records and we were inspired by hard metal and I don’t think we’ve written a record yet that we all like. We can feel like we’ve done the genre justice, but with this one, every single one of us can look at each other and say maybe we’ve done that. And if we haven’t, we’re definitely knocking on the door.
Where did the title Earthbound come from?
We had all the songs pretty much written out and all the lyrics kind of revolve around, as bleak as it sounds, death in a way and whether you can accept that or not and what that is to everybody uniquely. And the record is very black and white; it is what it is. To me it comes across as we just decided to do what we’re really good at, in that sense. And Earthbound is a very black and white statement; you know we are, to a certain degree, all of us, earthbound at some point. So it was an accumulation of things…it’s not a concept record but it definitely represented it lyrically the best out of any other word or song.
Do you have a favourite track?
Yeah our favourite track is probably ‘Memories’. That one is, from a selfish point of view – probably one of the best tracks I’ve ever done. It just felt right, the lyrics felt right; everything just felt really good and we’ve only played it live once at our release show and it went really well and I really enjoyed playing it.
Your music is quite melodic yet heavy because you are, essentially, metalcore. Do you ever struggle finding the right balance between heavy and light?
Not really, I think maybe we have over the years; I mean it’s always been something where we’ve just gone with our gut and I guess it’s just a combination of all our intuition. We’ve all listened to bands and types of bands that have clean singing, and we just go with what we feel is the right amount. Obviously Dan wants to represent himself in the best way – I want to as well and as far as time goes we want to give each other enough time to show off what we can do. Yeah, it’s very natural, very organic and easy. We don’t have to think about it too much.
Who do you listen to and draw inspiration from?
I’ll be honest, I’m one of those people – I listen to everything that I used to listen to. But last year I listened to an Australian band Thy Art Is Murder, (their album) Holy War, I listened to that record a lot. I drew some inspiration off that; I thought it was really good. I thought, considering how heavy they are, that they did also show off a melodic side of them; a melodic way of playing metal even though it was super, super heavy.
Yeah, it seems very in at the moment, very melodic, a bit cleaner with the growling vocals as well. I like it; I think it’s great!
Well, yeah it is. I mean I think obviously metal is always going to try to become more mainstream because that’s where the money is, I guess. But for us, well we grew up on a set type of metalcore and that’s the type of thing we want to carry on with. I think there’s not many modern bands that do the type of melodic metalcore that we do, so it’s tough to find inspiration from bands at the moment.
Where do you hope your album will take you this year?
Hopefully a lot of places! We just want to keep going. I think for us we all think that a big part of the reason we’re still here, and on our fourth record, is that we’re given the time by the people who love our music, to be a band. And the reaction to it has made me feel like we’re going to do another record, which is great and that’s what I always want from a release. If we can do another, that’s rad! And just to carry on this journey and hope we can be as happy with our music as possible.