SOURCEWEBZINE – What was your mindset going into the songwriting process for “Anger Denial Acceptance”?
Tommy Decker (Drums) – When we initially went in, our mindset was the same as it was on every album, to make the best record we possibly could. During the process of making the record a lot of personal tragedies happened to the band. Lots of life altering losses. That really changed the vibe and overall feel of the record. It took a very dark turn after that.
SOURCEWEBZINE – How did the band’s sound evolve from your debut album to this one?
Tommy Decker (D) – I think weve always changed it up from record to record, we don’t like to repeat ourselves, it gets boring sticking to the same formula, we like to challenge ourselves and our listeners. The new record is much more raw and darker sounding then we have ever been. Its been 9 years since self destructive pattern, so you have to expect some changes. All the elements that Spineshank has always used are still there, the aggression, the melody the electronics.
SOURCEWEBZINE – A lot of attention is put on the music, but the lyrics themselves have a lot of depth to them, more so than most metal bands. How much time do you spend on the lyrics, compared to the music?
Tommy Decker (D) – Lyrics are a huge part of this band and I think theyre one of the reasons that people connect with the band. I (Tommy) write a pretty big chunk of the lyrics and I really do spend a lot of time on them. Our lyrics are very personal and all come from a real place.
SOURCEWEBZINE – There are 13 excellent compositions on “Anger Denial Acceptance”. However, if only one song could represent “Anger Denial Acceptance” as a whole, which one do you think it would be?
Tommy Decker (D) – I think it would have to be the title track because it has every element that is represented on the record. Its starts off very aggressive and takes you to a lot of different places. It ends with a very somber piano and vocal. So its got a little bit of everything
SOURCEWEBZINE – It used to be the goal of videos was to get them on MTV or some video show. Now everybody watches them on the internet. Do you think more people are seeing the videos nowadays?
Tommy Decker (D) – I think it’s a lot easier to gain access to videos. All you have to do is go to youtube and you can see any video in an instant. The internet has changed a lot of things in the music business. You kind of have to roll with the punches nowadays. We just shot a video for nothing left for me, it actually came out really good.
SOURCEWEBZINE – So far you had some very successful albums and the new will also be a success. But how far your ambition goes, where do you see Spineshank in the future ?
Tommy Decker (D) – Weve been doing this for a very long time now and we don’t exactly have delusions of grandeur or stars in our eyes anymore. We love playing music and will continue to do it until it doesn’t make sense anymore. Making a living by playing music has always been our main goal. Weve been very lucky so far.
SOURCEWEBZINE – To make any type of money nowadays, fans have to buy T-shirts and go to live shows to support the band. How important to you is perfecting the band’s live show?
Tommy Decker (D) – Its everything to us. We have a lot of songs to choose from now, so we try to put together the best setlist that will represent every album. The flow of the set and the energy are also very important. Our shows are high energy, there is usually blood involved as well. We put everything we have into it.
SOURCEWEBZINE – When you’re on the road and have some down time, what do you like to do?
Tommy Decker (D) – We watch a lot of movies on the bus. We try to walk around and check out the cities that were in, especially if were in another country, we try to see a little of the culture, meet people and try new food. Trying to sleep is a good pass time as well.
SOURCEWEBZINE – Any chance of a South American tour on this album cycle?
Tommy Decker (D) – We would absolutely love to go to South America! That is one of the main places that wave always wanted to see and experience. Were going to do anything we can to get out there on this cycle.