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Interview:
Underoath is still strong despite founding member's departure
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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“Disambiguation” means to remove any ambiguity from a situation — which made it the perfect title for Florida hard rock group Underoath’s seventh album.

“It means ‘to make clear,’ ” frontman Spencer Chamber­lain notes, “and we wanted to make it clear that we weren’t a band that was just kind of going on. We want to get better and make each album the best we’ve ever done — otherwise there’s no point in making it.

“So we just wanted something that was bold and to the point. It’s more a statement about the band and less about the album itself.”

That was important because the interim between 2008’s “Lost in the Sound of Separation” and “Disambiguation” saw Aaron Gillespie, the last founding member of Underoath, leave the band amicably to be replaced by Daniel Davison of Norma Jean. Some fans saw it as a significant split, but Chamberlain, 28, says Underoath took it in stride.

“A lot of people thought Aaron was probably a bigger entity than he was,” Chamberlain explains. “He’s a great drummer, a great guy, has a great voice. But it wasn’t a make-it-or-break-it deal for our band. He had other projects he was working on. He was excited to do his own thing, and we were excited to do our own thing. I think both sides are happier now, and there’s no hard feelings.

“We wanted to make sure people knew we were doing this (new album) because we thought it was better, not ’cause we were struggling along without our drummer. We wanted to make that very clear.”



Underoath, Thursday, A Skylit Drive and Animals as Leaders perform Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.99 in advance, $22 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.



Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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