Black Tide Drummer Steven Spence Chats About New Album "Post Mortem"
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Not quite a year since our last interview with Black Tide, the young four-piece is about to drop sophomore album "Post Mortem" and embark on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.
To let fans know what to expect with album number two, drummer Steven Spence chatted with me about the release changing from a self-titled effort to the current title, changes in the structure of Black Tide songs, and recording with new guitarist Austin Diaz for the first time. Check out the full transcription of the interview below.
xFiruath: Let’s start off with the writing process. What happened with the writing on this new album?
Steven: We initially started writing for this album toward the latter part of the Warped tour in 2009, but we’re pretty much always writing as a band. We spent a good amount of time with the process on this one. We actually ended up with about 50 songs and narrowed it down to 10.
xFiruath: How has the sound changed and what are we going to hear on this album that we haven’t heard before?
Steven: The sound has definitely changed. I’d say we matured as songwriters and musicians. We’re always out to progress as a band. I feel like if a band doesn’t progress it’s boring. We never want to put out the same record twice. We’re not going to put out “Post Mortem” again after this. It’s definitely changed for the better. The only way to see it is just to check it out. For one thing we’ve grown as song writers and we really care about melody these days and what we’re portraying as artists, as far as our lyrical content and song structures in general.
xFiruath: Originally the album was going to be self-titled, but then it was delayed and renamed to “Post Mortem.” What happened there?
Steven: We were just thinking about a self-titled record, but then we realized we had so much more than a self-titled record and there were so many more things. A name like “Post Mortem” has so much more force and we really love the concept. This whole record means a lot to us with how much we’ve grown and what’s happened with our time on the road.
xFiruath: You’ve done two music videos now for this album, tell me a bit about the shooting for those.
Steven: We shot a video “Walking Dead Man" and “That Fire.” We worked with a director named Paul Brown, who was very creative. We actually did them both in the same day. It’s funny because people got haircuts in-between the videos. We wanted to make the videos a bit different and it was all about the concept. It was an eventful day and fun and Paul was very efficient.
xFiruath: How was it working with your new guitarist on this album?
Steven: Yeah, Austin Diaz, this was his first recorded work with us and it was awesome. I’ve known him for a long time.
xFiruath: What does Black Tide have as far as upcoming festivals and tour dates?
Steven: We’re actually on the Rockstar energy drink Uproar tour, which kicks off at the end of this month. We go all the way through mid-October and it has a bunch of great bands. After that we’ve got more touring down the road.
xFiruath: What else would you like to say to the fans?
Steven: I just want to thank you for having me and I’m looking forward to showing off what we’ve done. We’re sorry we postponed it a few times but it’s finally here, it’s finally real, August 23rd it will be available and we’re very excited for that. For everyone out there if they want to talk to us hit our social networks.
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