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Jake Denning 05/09/12 02:10 AM

letlive. - 05.09.12
 
What can be said about letlive. that hasn't been said already? They're a fantastic live band who show an exceptional grasp of dynamics, and they're also really humble, down to earth individuals. The band has a reputation for touring non-stop, so chances are they've stopped in your market a few times or so in the last year. I was able to kick it with vocalist Jason Aalon Butler while they were about to rip Portland a new asshole on the Enter Shikari headliner, as motorcycles and trucks whizzed by.

Stand up.


First off, how's the Enter Shikari headliner been so far?

It's been fantastic. Granted, we're pretty much revisiting a segment that we've already done, as far as touring goes; we've toured with these gentlemen before, amassed months worth of touring. We're continuing on, having a good time. It's good to see them do well on our turf, and it goes to show how well they do worldwide.

You're now on Epitaph Records. How's that change been for you guys? I remember the re-release of "Fake History" doing better than the original release.

Earlier, when we released the record through Tragic Hero, it was a smaller form and more independent. When Epitaph caught wind of us and did the re-release, it opened up new avenues and gave us new plugs; we both utilized them to the best of our abilities. They really believe, and that's one of the things that's helped us, believing in what we're doing.

Enter Shikari is a band from overseas, touring away from home. As an American band who's toured extensively over there, what can you tell us about your experiences touring in the U.K.?

HATE the food, LOVE the people. The fervor over there is definitely it's own brand; the way the people approach music, the way they watch and listen to music is very different than over here. The intrinsic braid between the people over there and here in the United States, and everywhere else in the world is that everyone is trying to feel some sort of rhythmic takeover with music; as long as you give people something they can feel, usually it's going to be alright, if they choose to understand that.

You're doing a Black Flag cover on this tour. What can you tell us about that band and their influence on letlive.?

They paved the way for subversive mindsets, subversive sonic approach. They're clearly a staple in punk rock music, not just the music, but the ideologies and the approaches. Without Black Flag, this perception on the culture wouldn't be here, so thanks to them.

That being said, what other musicians and artists inspire you as a band?

As a band? Well, it'd be foolish to speak for the whole band, but I can say it's varied; I grew up on funk and soul and hip-hop, and that's what started me on music. The other guys, it goes from Jazz to Metal to Classic Rock. It sounds kind of typical I guess, when you talk to musicians, they want to act as if they know everything across the board; that's not what i'm saying, i'm just saying that we all grew up listening to different types of music, and it comes across in our writing.

You're known for your electric live performance. That being said, when someone comes out to your show, what do you want them to come away with?

Just feeling something...poignancy...sentience. Not being as cerebral as society would want you to, outside those venue doors.

You had a new music video for "Muther" that dropped on Valentine's Day. What can you tell us about the song's meaning and the idea behind the video?

The meaning found itself a visual companion pretty well. The song is simply about understanding the human condition, and how we err as humans naturally, and how we place these unreasonable expectations on people: family, friends, loved ones. What that's going to do is simply diminish the worth of what it actually means to be in love or love someone, so you find yourself at this crossroads and you feel this trepidation when you try and pinpoint where everything went wrong. Truly in the end, it's up to you, and it's left to your perception. You hold a very significant power on the outcome of things, and how you see them.

You're writing for a new album this summer. First off, do you have a title for the album yet?

No; there's many that are filling up my iPhone notepad, but we haven't honed on any ones yet.

So far lyrically, what's this album going to look like?

Generally what it is, it's going to encompass the maturation of us as gentlemen in multiple settings: in society, as a band, and all that shit you hear people saying. More specifically I can say that it's about my relationships with others and myself, and finding a balance between the two and realizing how to assimilate myself into a process where I can feel comfortable with everything and everyone...if that's even possible.

So it's more so not writing about particular subjects, but different storylines with each of you individually?

Yeah. I've always written in a manner that's called upon my my own experience, so whatever happened to me, or whatever i've observed. If there's any way I can speak on behalf of others, or leave it to an interpretation that may benefit someone else, then i'm going to try my damn hardest to do that.

Do you know who you're recording with or who will be producing it?

As far as producers, we try to stave away from the idea of someone coming in re-shaping your songs and ideas. If anything, it's someone there to capture and harness a vibe. The last person we did a record with, his name was Kit Walters; he was the perfect example of what we would like to have in a recording setting, so we're thinking about going back to record with him again.

Have you considered recording in Mono?

Yeah, all the time. We've talked about mono recordings, analog vs digital; one mic in the room, two mics in the room. There's many things getting tossed around, it's all about what approach we feel most comfortable recording with once we've giving them a shot.

What goals do you have going into the writing/recording process?

Make a better record than the last.

If you could record any cover cover song for a bonus track or b-side, which one would it be and why? Personally, it would be cool to hear a Deftones cover, maybe "Needles and Pins".

Personally, i'd like to do a James Brown cover. There's a song called "Master Blaster" by Stevie Wonder. Both of those are two of my favorite artists of all time. For us to offer our own rendition would be pretty fun.

When you look back at "Fake History" as a whole, what are you most proud about it and why?

The fact that it could be presented as a whole, and not as pieces; we don't have to pull specific points about it. The fact that we wrote that record together was great.

Do you think we're moving in a direction where we're going to see records as a whole, as opposed to singles being pushed?

I would hope so. I think when you go into the studio to record, your goal should be the record is a good record, and not just singles. You shouldn't have to carve out particular points in order to sell a record. If that's the case, then just write EP's or release singles; stop wasting time and faming the idea of something that was supposed to be honestly and genuinely put together.

What are a few things about your band that nobody knows about?

That's a good question. I guess there's so much...that the influx is overwhelming....OH! We don't like music. That's probably it, we don't like music.

What's one book and one band that you'd recommend to anyone that listens to your band and why?

I read a book when I was 17, and it was written for 12 year olds, and it was called The Only Alien On The Planet by Kristen D. Randle. I think it was kind of humbling to read such a book and feel deeply about it's content. If you want to sit and discuss Russian literature, that's cool too - I read all that. Understand that literature is just like music, it's supposed to move you.

As for a band, Black Flag. Because you know what? it seems like nobody knows who they are on the last two tours.

What is the band doing after summer?

It's all speculative, but we'll be touring. Hopefully we can carve out some dates for a small headliner at the end of the year, more likely the beginning of the next year. We'll be doing a couple of support slots i'm sure in the fall leading into the winter, and then doing some sort of headliner hopefully at the beginning of next year.

awakeohsleeper 05/09/12 03:44 AM

All I want to know now is what's wrong with our food in the UK?

Jack Appleby 05/09/12 04:26 AM

Love this band, but I'm very ready for them to show they're not a one-album wonder.
Fortunately, every interview I've read seems to indicate they're excited to show the world LP #2, and a motivated Jason is a dangerous Jason. Looking forward to it.

casinocolumbus 05/09/12 07:22 AM

this band does no wrong in my eyes. Just saw them for the 5th time on monday and they never disappoint. Jason is one of the nicest, most sincere guys out there. Actually the whole band is for that matter but I've spoken with Jason the most.

incognitojones 05/09/12 07:25 AM

James Brown/Stevie Wonder covers would be awesome.

seanthethief 05/09/12 08:06 AM

Jake, could you provide some more info on what you meant by them recording in mono? I've never heard of that recording and am curious why you asked that question.

Jake Denning 05/09/12 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by seanthethief (Post 107728202)
Jake, could you provide some more info on what you meant by them recording in mono? I've never heard of that recording and am curious why you asked that question.

Sure; for instance, Foo Fighters recorded their most recent album, "Wasting Light" differently, and it worked excellently. I wanted to see if maybe a band like letlive. would be up for trying a non-conventional method like this.

Can you imagine listening to Fake History on cassette tape?

seanthethief 05/09/12 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Jake Denning (Post 107729232)
Sure; for instance, Foo Fighters recorded their most recent album, "Wasting Light" differently, and it worked excellently. I wanted to see if maybe a band like letlive. would be up for trying a non-conventional method like this.

Can you imagine listening to Fake History on cassette tape?

I just did a quick google search and saw that some classic albums (beach boys pet sounds) were done in mono, some tracked in stereo and mixed to mono and some done truly in mono. And yeah, I get the benefit of taking a different approach to tracking - very exciting.

It's an interesting thought, however since letlive. is so dense and powerful live I hope it won't dilute the power of their sound if they go that route.

Simulcast 05/09/12 09:08 AM

Deftones name drop made you my new favorite staff member. Great Interview.

Deborah Remus 05/09/12 09:37 AM

Can't wait to hear new stuff, even though I'm behind the times and Fake History is still fairly new to me.

msulliv7 05/09/12 10:53 AM

Do you think we're moving in a direction where we're going to see records as a whole, as opposed to singles being pushed?

I would hope so. I think when you go into the studio to record, your goal should be the record is a good record, and not just singles. You shouldn't have to carve out particular points in order to sell a record. If that's the case, then just write EP's or release singles; stop wasting time and faming the idea of something that was supposed to be honestly and genuinely put together.

^^^^^^^
glassjaw reference? Jason seems to target Coloring Book and the singles

listened to Master Blaster, it would be a nuts cover in letlive.'s style

NegativeCreep 05/09/12 11:49 AM

I think it's funny when bands say they have soul/funk/jazz or any type of not rock influences, but their music never actually shows it.

casinocolumbus 05/09/12 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by NegativeCreep (Post 107738092)
I think it's funny when bands say they have soul/funk/jazz or any type of not rock influences, but their music never actually shows it.


are you kidding? have you listened to all of fake history? Jason's melodic style hints at the soul/funk influence. Jazz influences can be heard it little bits throughout the record. Just because he said these types of music influences him doesn't mean it has to audiable to the listener.

NegativeCreep 05/09/12 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by casinocolumbus (Post 107740162)
are you kidding? have you listened to all of fake history? Jason's melodic style hints at the soul/funk influence. Jazz influences can be heard it little bits throughout the record. Just because he said these types of music influences him doesn't mean it has to audiable to the listener.

No, I'm not kidding. There may be minor hints and suggestions at other styles, but it's pointless to bring it up in an interview. It's obvious that they use an overwhelming influence of other styles in their music. So they should say that. He said it himself, musicians and bands try to sound like they know everything by stating influences that make them seem well rounded, but he's doing it himself. When you're interviewing, you shouldn't try and show off how unique your music taste is, you should try and give people a realistic idea of where your music came from.

Jazz is mystified in punk circles, and people think it will make them sound smart. Refused copped their album title from Ornette Coleman and Off Minor copped their name from a Thelonious Monk song. People think that saying the word 'jazz' verifies that you know about music. My comment was not only in reference to letlive, but a number of bands who may sprinkle in jazz influences, or name drop in order to impress people. It's frustrating to me because these bands should let their music separate them from the rest. Not their answers to interview questions.

love_american_style 05/09/12 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by awakeohsleeper (Post 107723712)
All I want to know now is what's wrong with our food in the UK?


It's not "his cup of tea".....



So sad that kids nowadays aren't familiar with Black Flag.