Everyone Dies In Utah has spent the last year on the road touring relentlessly since the unveiling of Seeing Clearly, their debut on Tragic Hero Records. During that time, the Texas-based collective has been redefining their sound, and has now unleashed a compelling new album entitled +//- (Polarities). A gigantic leap in both the sonic and lyrical departments, +//- (Polarities) shows a band more than willing to break down musical barriers to achieve art and vision within the confines of the post hardcore genre. Here is a recent interview we conducted with vocalist Danny Martinez to catch up with the current happens of everything EDIU! Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Everyone Dies In Utah, and how long the band has been together.
Hey, my name is Danny Martinez and I do vocals.
Where is the band based out of and who are some of the local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Temple, TX and a local band that I would recommend would have to be No Such Thing.
How does +//- (Polarities) compare to the music on Seeing Clearly?
In SC, I feel like we were trying to chase other band’s sounds and with this new album I feel like we found our sound and progressed in our musical abilities as a band.
Is there any story or concept behind the +//- (Polarities) title?
Yes, the main outline of the story is, it’s about a man who’s daughter was murdered, the murderer was caught and sent to a mental institution, the dad wants revenge so he gets himself institutionalized in the same place the murderer was taken to in order to kill him, but in there the dad starts seeing the ghost of his daughter who is trying to keep her father’s heart in the light and to keep him from killing the killer. Which is why we decided to call the album +//- because its essentially a story about good vs evil, light vs dark, positive vs negative.
Select two songs from +//- (Polarities) and what inspired the lyrics.
Well my 2 favorites would have to be Welcome to the Ward and Synthia, Where’s R2. Ward is about the man in solitary confinement and so what I did is watched multiple documentaries about people in that situation to get a little insight and to try to get an understanding of what they go through while in solitary. Then Synthia is about the man getting electroshock therapy which is why it’s our heaviest on the synth song basically every time the music is going he’s being shocked and on the transitions of the song is where he’s getting a break from the shock and the doctor tell him stuff like “This won’t hurt a bit” and “Breath in, breath out”.
Have you ever played in Utah and has their even been any reactions from disgruntled Utah peeps about your band name?
We have played Utah a few times actually and from the I can tell they don’t hate us for our name at all, which we were actually a little scared that they might at first but after the last few shows that we’ve played there they seem to love us and we actually love to play there as well.
What could one expect from a live Everyone Dies In Utah show?
Lots and lots of energy, sometimes a pretty eye catching light show, and we like to meet and hang out with all our fans/friends (or Frans) so defiantly a good time and good hangs!
Any interesting or scary stories from the road you could share?
Oh man nothing scarier than almost falling asleep and juuuust before your eyes finally close, you hear someone yell “OH GOD” and then BAM! You hit a dear!
Who produced +//- (Polarities) and what was it like working with them?
Our good friend David Ludlow of Greeley Estates, and working with him was awesome, he definitely pushed us in the direction we need to go and help us put out a great record.
If you could tour with any band either now or who has ever existed, what band would it be and why?
I would have to say Enter Shikari, they are amazing live and put on a great show, I could picture that being a pretty awesome tour!
What’s up next for Everyone Dies In Utah?
Well we have tour coming up in November and then taking the holidays off but then come January we’re gonna start touring a lot more and possibly recording record number 3 sometime next year.
Any final words of wisdom?
Cooking lesson #1: don’t fry bacon in the nude.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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