By Heath Fenton
VANCOUVER – To make a go of it in the hardcore/metal/punk scene it takes immense dedication.Unfortunately, with the exception of a few bands, this type of music has a hard time gaining mainstream acceptance. In today’s musical landscape, constant touring and putting your life into a band is what it takes for the underground to surface. Buffalo’s Every Time I Die has been punching the clock for almost two decades now, sacrificing family commitments, friendships, and financial stability; all just to keep their music career afloat.
“You can’t confuse the cause and effect. It’s not that we worked jobs until the band became our job and then quit. We quit our jobs and then made the band our job. We gave up everything to make the band work. That’s the only way to do it, take dumb risks,” vocalist Keith Buckley explains. “We’re too old and broken to do anything else during the day. For that one hour we’re on stage, that is the only time in 24 hours that our hearts are racing. We save every ounce of energy for the stage. We don’t waste it on partying until 4 am or playing golf before the show. We give it everything we have, that is our purpose, our reason for being. When people see us, they’re seeing us at our best every night.”
Buckley formed the band with his brother Jordan and childhood friend Andy Williams, both guitarists, back in 1998. Since then there has been a carousel of support members, but bassist Stephen Micciche and drummer Daniel Davison take up current residency.
1998 was a pivotal time in the extreme music scene. The world was getting sick of nu metal and bands like Dillinger Escape Plan and Killswitch Engage were starting a new, yet-to-be defined scene that was steeped in hardcore and punk, fused with metal. Every Time I Die would fit right into this mold.
Every Time I Die’s 2003 record Hot Damn is considered a groundbreaking release. They have been stalwarts in a scene that prides itself on the blue-collar mentality necessary in an ever changing music scene. With music that spans grit points such as math metal, classic rock and gutter ball hardcore, Every Time I Die are one of the bar setters in what would become a diverse musical mentality bent on attracting a wide variety of fans. In 2016 came their latest slab of glory, their 8th record, Low Teens. With this, Every Time I Die has now outlasted most of their contemporaries.
“Low Teens is absolutely not a departure in sound by any means, but there was a lot surrounding the writing/recording that took us out of our comfort zones. We didn’t resist change or doubt. We explored it. What resulted is without a doubt our best record. The only constant for us is change,” states Buckley.
Now they take Teens to the road and renter the grind.
“It’s always a challenge, but that is what keep us on our toes. Always making adjustments and tweaking things and figuring out how to adapt. We’re going to tour until the wheels fall
Every Time I Die play the Rickshaw Theatre on August 2 with openers Neck Of The Woods, and AnchoressAnchoress, every time I die, Neck of the Woods, Rickshaw Theatre