"It's an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish" - hmv.com talks to The Amity Affliction
Australian metallers The Amity Affliction release their new album This Could Be Heartbreak today (August 12th) and we spoke to frontman Ahren Stringer to find out all about the making of it...
When did you start work on This Could Be Heartbreak?
"Honestly it we started writing almost straight after Let The Ocean Take Me came out. We wrote a few songs including this could be heartbreak and shine on which we decided didn't really fit in with the album. But most of the album was written and finished over our first real break from touring after the Australian Big Ass Tour."
How did you want this album to move on from Let The Ocean Take Me?
"We wanted it to sound more mature, less synth heavy and more guitar driven. We also wanted to pursue the more poppy 80's kinda elements and also try a few new things. It's a concept record too so all the lyrics are very topical and dark and wanted it to be a record that's like an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish."
This is your first album without Troy, how did his departure affect writing and have the way you write songs changed now?
"Not really, to be honest Troy didn't bring much to the table on Let The Ocean Take Me and that was a part of the reason he left. He wanted to go a different direction with a lot of the songs and it was a bit of a stressful process. This album was a much more natural and easy process with Dan and I being the sole songwriters. We tend to agree on almost everything and it made for a much more open and experimental playing field."
Can you sum up the album lyrically? Is there a common theme or do the songs sit apart from each other?
"There is definitely a theme, it's a concept album so all the songs are about the same thing or on the same topic, Joel wrote this album in a dark headspace and it's pretty self explanatory, depression, anxiety, feeling down and just trying to pick yourself up again."
When did you settle on the title of This Could Be Heartbreak? And why?
"We always try to make the album title something that sums up or relates to every song on the album and I think This Could Be Heartbreak does it perfectly."
Were there any other titles discussed?
"Yeah, but nothing too memorable if it didn't stick. Once This Could Be Heartbreak was written as a songs and the rest of the lyrics all seemed to fit that description it made perfect sense."
What was the song on the album that took the longest to get right?
"Probably 'I Bring The Weather With Me'. We knew from the music that it was probably going to be our lead off single so we wanted to make it perfect. Which meant multiple re-writes of the lyrics and a few different chorus melodies until we were stoked on everything. It was well worth all the work we put in on that song though, it's definitely still one of my favourites off the record."
And which came together most quickly?
"Probably OMGIMY, Dan had written the music months ago and I'd put the lyrics and melodies to it before we even hit the studio for pre-production so it was all pretty much locked in before we started. That happened with a few tracks though, we were more prepared for this album than most we've recorded."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"I think we'll be playing about five or six new tracks on our upcoming Aus tour, we're really excited to hear feedback for the new album and especially the crowd reaction of the new stuff live. Then we hit the US, EU and and Perth for New Year's Eve and plenty more touring to come!"