I The Breather Vocalist Shawn Talks Religion, The Band's Debut "These Are My Sins" and Its 2011 Plans.
Fresh off the release of its debut album "These Are My Sins" Baltimore, Maryland's I the Breather have quickly become a recognized name in the underground metal and hardcore scenes. With a hectic year behind them in 2010 and a 2011 shaping up to be just as busy vocalist Shawn of the Baltimore-based metalcore act took time out of the band's schedule to sit down with Metalunderground.com to discuss the band's debut album, "These Are My Sins," as well as the band's religious beliefs and its 2011 touring plans.
Cody B: You guys just released your debut full length album "These Are My Sins." How has the album been received thus far?
Shawn: Prior to our cd Release we had toured since Summer, We had a good amount of fans come up to us and talk to us prior to our CD's release. But on the day the album came out we started getting a lot more people coming up to us and our table it was amazing to know this many people liked what we were doing. I feel the album has been received very well, I had hope... But was not expecting the CD to be as receptive as it was.
Cody B: The album debuted at #39 on the Billboard "New Artists Chart." Was that a surprise at all, hearing that news?
Shawn: When we were told I didn't believe it at first. I was sitting in the mall with the guys eating and had to take a moment to make sure I wasn't dreaming. I called my GF and my mom expressing how unreal this was all to me... No one thing can prepare you for the feeling you get when you hear something like that.
Cody B: "These Are My Sins" features some older songs from the band but they seem to have a new style or structure, such as "Forgiven." Why did you guys decide to alter some of the older songs for the new album?
Shawn: We just felt that some parts in some songs needed to be more mature and fitting to the rest of the album... We had only been a band a couple months prior to Writing and Recording the album... Also some songs were from pre-productions and demos prior to recording as well.
Cody B: You're currently on tour with As Blood Runs Black and you also have tour dates set for January with Oceano. Do you find it difficult at all to share the stage with more "brutal" styled bands?
Shawn: Nope not at all, On stage you just go up and play your heart out every night, It doesn't matter for who or what bands your on the bill with.
Cody B: Being a christian band are you ever at conflict when having to share the stage or
road with bands that are potentially of an anti-christian/satanic nature?
Shawn: It has not been a conflict to this date... I'm a very respectful person and just because someone may not believe the same as I do will never cause me to treat them any different. I'm sure for most other people it may be the same way as well.
Cody B: Yourself and the rest of the band are very open about being Christian.
What are the lyrics on "These Are My Sins" about? Are they primarily based in religion?
Shawn: Take it as someone writing a CD about their life... Growing up with issues, I wrote this album about myself growing as a christian, Not understanding or agreeing with certain things and actions. This album is just very personal to me, When I wrote this album I promised myself to not be afraid to be honest and speak my mind, Which is why the album ended up so deep and personal. This album is by far based around religion.
Cody B: Do you ever feel that people may judge the band based on its beliefs before ever giving the music a fair chance?
Shawn: Yes sadly I do, But that's people personal feelings. I do this to help the kids struggling not the ones judging us for our beliefs.
Cody B: There have been stories in the past about Dave Mustaine of Megadeth refusing to share the stage with bands of a Satanic nature. Would you consider that as an option?
Shawn: I honestly have never thought about that... But I do not believe a belief should determine who plays on the same stage as you.
Cody B: So enough about religion. I the Breather are signed with Sumerian Records. How has
it been working with them thus far?
Shawn: It has been wonderful we are very close with our label, They help us with mostly any issue we have. They have been beyond helpful to us at this point.
Cody B: What made you choose the Sumerian label?
Shawn: We liked how [Sumerian] trusted the bands they signed and pushed what they were doing to the best of their ability. We also loved everyone at the label so it was very easy agreeing that we should go with Sumerian.
Cody B: Sumerian Records has quite a wide range of different styles of music on their label.
What bands, if any, stick out to you?
Shawn: Im honestly a sucker for hardcore. I LOVE Stray from the path and Stick to your guns. Deff my fav bands music wise on our label.
Cody B: So before we finish I'd like to ask; what does I the Breather have planned for
2011 beyond the tour with Oceano?
Shawn: Oh man, I know we have some awesome tours lined up... Maybe some over seas stuff as well?, We almost did a Canadian tour at the end of Feb but some of us have prior arrangements. Also maybe another summer like last? Probably touring about 9 months this year.
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