Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5:18PM
I think when people hear what we’ve been writing for the last few months, they’re going to realize that we have evolved. [Laughs] It’s really hard to describe this record because I’m still taking it all in. Good lord, it was a lot of fun to write. We pushed it. We pushed it pretty hard. The Trioscapes stuff really helped me because I feel like it unlocked me back into the world of really, really pushing myself and opening myself up to new ideas.
Walter, the saxophone player in Trioscapes, is 20 (seven years younger than me) but he’s a wealth of musical knowledge far beyond the influences of what I have. I’ve showed him a lot of stuff, but it’s different stuff. It’s stuff that people in our world are very accustomed to. He’s never heard of Meshuggah, for example. He blows my mind with some afro-beat stuff that’s out of this world that I’ve never heard before. It gets me thinking in a new way and all of a sudden I’m hearing rhythms a little differently and melodies a little differently. I can bring that to Between the Buried and Me and raise a few eyebrows with those guys. They’re like “why not? Let’s try it”. It’s pretty cool stuff.
Is Parallax Part 2 going to be an afro-beat record?
[Laughter] Absolutely, yes, 100%. No, but it’s a very exciting record. I don’t want to talk too much about the difference between the Parallax EP and this one, but I knew going into writing the EP that we didn’t have a lot of time. We’d been touring for nine months straight, and when we had a little bit of time I went and toured with Orbs right away. I came back and we did the EP in a month or two. With this one I feel like it’s the next logical step after what we were doing with Colors andThe Great Misdirect as far as a full album and really telling the story well. It’s a crazy, crazy full-on concept record, and it feels great and really cohesive. I really think it’s some of the most exciting music we’ve written. I’m really excited to get into the studio and make it happen.