Keith Buckley’s parents didn’t have a big problem with his rock ’n’ roll aspirations. They just weren’t about to let the Every Time I Die frontman drop out of school to pursue them.
It’s understandable; Buckley’s father teaches computer engineering at the University of Buffalo, so academics are a bit of a byword in the household.
“When we started the band and I was in school, my dad was like, ‘There’s absolutely no way you’re dropping out,” remembers Buckley, 28, who received a bachelor’s degree in English. But his younger brother, guitarist Jordan, was allowed to bolt after three years of study.
“He was three years younger,” the older Buckley recalls, “and our parents could see the band was actually just picking up speed and touring more. They knew the band could be something if we had the time to build it, so they let him drop out. But I was the guinea pig, and they were not gonna let me do it.”
ETID remains on the ascent. The group’s fourth album, “The Big Dirty,” debuted at No. 41 on the Billboard 200 chart, a high showing for an extremesounding group on a small label — and, Buckley feels, is more representative of the hard rocking group’s sound.
“We felt like our last album, (2005’s) ‘Gutter Phenomenon,’ really lacked the energy of our band,” Buckley explains. “We needed to get back to that, and I think we did.
“We just didn’t let other people tell us what to do or have any input into the songwriting process. Steve Evetts, our producer, was very hands off; ‘I know this is your band, not mine. I’m gonna trust your opinion on everything.’ He didn’t try to change structures or anything like that. He let us do what we do naturally, and it sounds like that, I think.”
Every Time I Die headlines the Sub City Take Action Tour at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 14) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. The bill also features From First To Last, the Bled, August Burns Red and Human Abstract. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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