Every Time I Die Get Happy

Every Time I Die Get Happy
"We put out a good record, we were proud of it, but holy shit was I glad when that was over,” says guitarist Jordan Buckley of his band’s last full-length, Gutter Phenomenon. The pressure of quitting school and jobs to pursue music full-time led to a stifled creative atmosphere, and the resulting recording does not seem conjure pleasant memories for the Buffalo-based breakdown kings.

"I like it in the sense that I can put it on and listen to it and say ‘This is a good record.’ But the process was just torture,” Buckley says. "I think it took us about six weeks to write the first song. We were going over everything with a toothpick and it ended up driving us fucking crazy. I don’t know what the fuck we were trying to do.”

Conversely, the band’s latest release, The Big Dirty, is a return to hardcore leanings of , their celebrated second record, clearly owing to a far more relaxed writing style. "I think once you chill the fuck out you do what you do a lot better,” says Buckley. "Now we know what we do best. We have lot more confidence when it comes to writing music. With Gutter Phenomenon, we were afraid to give ideas. With the new record, we just shared everything. It was a lot more experimental and a lot more fun.”

Recording outside of their native northeast for the first time, however, the fun of producing The Big Dirty is disguised by the utter heaviness present on songs like "Cities and Years” and "Leatherneck.” "All of our other records were recorded in the wintertime in the northeast. There were blizzards, and we were just locked in the studio for a month or two,” Buckley says. "This time we did it in California, and there are distractions outside every door. It’s just fun. There were times where you’d have to say, ‘Okay, I’m not on vacation, I’m here to work.’”

Click here to read the entire transcript of Sam Sutherland's interview with Every Time I Die's Jordan Buckley.