Come Friday, 23rd September, peddlers of party metal, Every Time I Die, will be releasing their brand new album Low Teens. Over the past few months we’ve been spoiled with a selection of tracks from the album, all of which were deeply personal offerings, giving more insight into the inner workings of the band than we’ve ever seen before.

There was Glitch, a painful self-assessment inspired by the terrorist attack at Le Bataclan in France. And C++ (Love Will Kill You), a song written after frontman, Keith Buckley, received a call while on the road, that his wife was having complications related to her pregnancy.

It’s clear that we aren’t dealing with a usual Every Time I Die album. We spoke to Keith about the record, checking in with him as he approached the end of his well-earned downtime…
 

 
Keith Buckley: Unfortunately the time at home is nearing an end. So every minute is valuable. We’re making dinner tonight then just relaxing before we start this insane touring cycle for the new record.
 
The Neversphere: Low Teens is a very, very personal album. What’s it going to be like playing the songs from it in front of thousands of people all over the world?
 
Keith: Oh, man…Cathartic? I feel like it’s going to be a really nice…not conversational obviously, because I’m going to be screaming into people’s faces, but you know, it’s going to be a very honest thing. I feel like being open and honest about my life is not something I’ve ever done before, so i’m looking forward to it.
 
The Neversphere: You mentioned catharsis, which is something I wanted to touch on. When will the healing start for you, is it in writing, recording or performing?
 
Keith: Writing it is a totally different animal unto itself. It’s like a wrestling match with personal demons. There’s a lot you have to work out how to put into words; it doesn’t always come across. This record I feel like it does though, so I’m very proud of it.

Then the recording process. You do so many takes, it kind of takes the soul out of the song. Then when you play it live, it takes on an entirely new life. That’s when it really comes into its own, it becomes alive.
 
The Neversphere: Listening through Low Teens, I can’t help but get the feeling that Every Time I Die is struggling to make sense of the world just like the rest of us, how accurate would that feeling be?
 
Keith: I don’t think this record, personally, tackles any world issues but it doesn’t help that things are the way they are. When you’re trying to be hopeful and positive, and you turn on the news and see the cops have shot another black man, or Donald Trump is taking a lead in the polls…

It just feels like it’s a fucking nightmare outside the door. It’s hard to keep your chin up when so many terrible things are happening.
 
The Neversphere: It must be cool to see that your fans are all connecting on that level, with each other and with the band, almost finding hope in this hopelessness…
 
Keith: Oh absolutely. It doesn’t really matter what you’re going through, if you’re going through it with someone who understands it just takes so much of the weight off. It does feel good to go on Twitter or Facebook and realise that there are just as many people fed up as you are. It does make things feel less frustrating. Not any less miserable, but less frustrating.

I think that’s something social media is very, very good for. There are so many bad things to be said about social media, but realising that you’re not in these depths alone is a good thing for your soul.
 
The Neversphere: My favourite song on the record is C++ (Love Will Kill You) and I feel very strange telling you that, considering the story behind the song. How does it feel to know something like that situation could become people’s new favourite song?
 
Keith: Oh I totally understand why you feel weird, because I feel weird talking about it. The point of the song is that death is always an option. That’s what I was thinking when I was writing the lyrics. We don’t have to do ‘this’ if we don’t want to; there is another option. There’s always a way out.

And I feel like saying that is so taboo. People always say ‘Oh my god, no, you have to survive through everything. You have to do everything possible to survive’, and i don’t feel that way sometimes. ‘You gotta keep going, you just gotta keep going’ – I feel like sometimes that might be really bad advice.

I think people’s relationship with death is so unhealthy. It’s such a taboo thing, but everyone who’s ever been on the face of earth has either died, or will die. Everyone will have to experience it, yet no one wants to talk about it because it’s just ‘so terrible’. So if the song does resonate with people, it’ll be like ‘Ok, maybe this is something we can start talking about in a healthy manner.’
 
The Neversphere: That makes me think of a statistic I once read, that the current world population is equal to 10% of everyone who ever lived. That was a bit of an epiphany for me that death will come and the world will keep spinning…
 
Keith: [Laughs] Oh yeah, totally. It’s always happened and always will, but it’s like ‘No, oh no, don’t even think about it, don’t talk about it.’ The way people mourn is just so strange. You can’t tell someone how to grieve, but it’s going to happen. People say ‘Oh I can’t believe it!’ What do you mean you can’t believe it? It’s inevitable.

I think people are so unprepared for it. When everything was happening I had to prepare for it. The people I love could die. I had to see that as an option, I had to get ready for it. It was a difficult thing to do.
 

 
The Neversphere: I also really enjoy The Coin Has A Say, particularly the line “I can’t go back to what I was / Metallica without the drugs” As a diehard Metallica fan I have to say…Touché [laughs].
 
Keith: I personally feel like Metallica without drugs. The song is about needing something, and I needed that something like Metallica needed their drugs. That was a very personal relationship they had with drugs then they gave them up.
 
The Neversphere: I have to ask then, what’s your take on the new Metallica song Hardwired?
 
Keith: Oh, it rips! Here’s the thing though: is it only good because they’ve been putting out bad music for the past 10 years? Is it only good because it’s fast? Only because St Anger was garbage, and I don’t know if anyone listens to Death Magnetic the whole way through… so is it just refreshing that it’s back to fast Metallica? Or is it just a good song? That doesn’t matter. I enjoyed it.
 
The Neversphere: Getting back to Every Time I Die. You guys will be here in January. Are you accustomed to the unique brand of chaos that happens at an Australian ETID show? Or is it a surprise every time?
 
Keith: Chaos…it’s still chaos, it’s different every time. Considering every time we’ve been there, and how openly and warmly we’ve been received, I just hope that it’s still going to be good, if not better. I don’t know how we’re still doing so well there, this will be like our 10th time there. We’re just so blessed that you guys still like us, so we just hope to god you still do.
 
The Neversphere: There is a strong affinity between Every Time I Die and Australia, have you guys ever worked out why?
 
Keith: No! We have no idea! I was going to ask you…
 
The Neversphere: I guess We don’t like pretension, we don’t like the wank-factor. We just want to stand there while someone screams in our face.
 
Keith: That’s it? Well, then we’ve been doing it right this whole time.
 

Every Time I Die Australian Tour Dates
With Letlive
Tickets available now

Sunday, January 8th
The Lab, Brisbane – AA
Tickets: Destroy All Lines

Monday, January 9th
The Triffid, Brisbane – 18+
Tickets: Destroy All Lines

Tuesday, January 10th
Metro Theatre, Sydney – Lic/AA
Tickets: Destroy All Lines

Wednesday, January 11th
170 Russell, Melbourne – 18+
Tickets: Destroy All Lines

Thursday, January 12th
Arrow On Swanston, Melbourne – AA
Tickets: Destroy All Lines

Friday, January 13th
UNIFY Gathering, Tawrin Lower – 18+
Tickets: 24Hundred

Sunday, January 15th
Fowlers Live, Adelaide – Lic/AA
Tickets: Destroy All Lines

Monday, January 16th
Amplifier Bar, Perth – 18+
Tickets: Destroy All Lines