Senses Fail recently spent a few weeks recording new songs for a Best Of release that is expected out this summer. Buddy Nielsen from the band did an interview to discuss the new music and the changes in a band that is growing older. Check out the full interview here and a snippet of it below by clicking “Read More.”
What are you doing lyrically this time? What topics and themes are you covering?
It’s a lot more positive. Every record is about where I’m at in my life, and right now I’ve got a lot of good things going on for me. I’m in a great relationship, I have a great job and I have a lot of exciting things going on. A lot of it is reflecting on how lucky I am and being positive.
Many veteran musicians I’ve talked to or read about lately are at that place. They’ve been in bands for 10-plus years, and they’re doing other things that are successful. And so with the music they’re making, their focus is just like, “You know what? I am really happy right now.”
Yeah, definitely. I just don’t really give a shit. Anything Senses Fail does is deemed as a success, because I have other things paying the bills. So I’m at a place where it’s like when I first started the band and it didn’t really matter. You end up becoming successful and it becomes your only way of living and then you’re like, “Fuck. This now becomes so much more stressful.” Now, if we put out a new record and it doesn’t do that well, it’s whatever.
I think people are still going to like to see the band because we’re current. The people we choose to tour with we make good decisions on. I’m heavily involved in other aspects of music. I think people see that and it’s not like Senses Fail is completely irrelevant to modern music and the modern scene right now, but we might not keep putting out new music that excites people constantly.
Our goal has always been to just stick around and play music. I think things work in cycles. Maybe one day again people will be really fired up about the new Senses Fail. That’s the thing—there are still people that are really fired up about it. I’m just not going to put all my stock in if Senses Fail is successful or not.
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