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Interview:
Senses Fail Succeeds By Staying "Relevant"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Senses Fail has been learning to live with success in recent years.

The New Jersey modern rockers’ debut EP, 2002’s “From the Depths of Dreams,” sold more than 250,000 copies. Two years later, its fi rst fulllength album, “Let It Enfold You,” reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart — and generated a buzz which helped carry the new “Still Searching” to a No. 15 debut on the Billboard 200 survey in October.

But frontman Buddy Nielsen says that “Still Searching’s” reception “isn’t that big a surprise. The music scene has gotten a lot bigger recently, and there’s more ways for people to know about a band like ours than there were before. That word-of-mouth obviously helps.”

That said, Nielsen, 22, admits that he “still gets nervous” about anything Senses Fail does.

“I get nervous when we play a show, that no one’s gonna come — like, ‘How many tickets did we sell?’ ” he says with a laugh. “Even though we just released an album and it’s doing well, I still have worries. I don’t expect people to like our band. I’m just worried about staying relevant with people.”

Nielsen actually channeled some more serious neuroses into “Still Searching.” Suffering from deep depression and anxiety, exacerbated by the death of his grandmother last year, Nielsen sought psychiatric counseling and is treating it with medication and continued therapy. The songs on “Still Searching” come from a raw and dark emotional place Nielsen has struggled to escape, but he has no trouble singing them night after night.

“I’m not detached from them; I actually feel they’re more relevant now, in a way,” Nielsen explains. “I’m able to look at them with a clear head, I think. It’s not easier, but I understand them more, I think.

“I’m just really proud of (the album) and excited we were able to make something that I’m so proud of. That’s the most important thing with music; you want to make music for the people who like your band, but you start doing this just for the love of making music, so that music needs to be made for yourself before others.”



Senses Fail, Bleeding Through, Drive By and Saosin perform Friday (December 1st) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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