After The Burial Interview
1. For our readers that aren’t familiar with ATB can you tell us how the band came together?
Myself, our original singer Nick Wellner, original drummer Greg Erickson, and Justin Lowe formed the band right after I graduated from high school in 2004. We then went on to meet our bassist Lee Foral through a Minneapolis music message board. After we put together enough songs, we were playing as many shows as we possibly could. We played local shows opening up for national acts. We also booked regional shows, and even a couple national tours, through MySpace. After a few years of grinding our asses off we were offered a record deal from Sumerian Records in 2007. We signed with them in January of 2008.
2. Who are the main songwriters in ATB and how do you work in the studio?
Justin and I wrote all the music together up until Dig Deep. We hung out a ton and were always trading riffs back and forth through email. We both had a fairly keen recording sense, so it made it easy for us to compile a lot of material. Once we felt we had enough good stuff to work with, we would start to put together a record. We did that for our first four records. We also produced and recorded those first four on our own, using studios owned by our friends. We actually recorded all the instruments for our first album Forging A Future Self in my bedroom.
3. With Dig Deep, your fifth album, you had to contend with the passing of Justin Lowe, who seems to have been a big part of the songwriting for the band. How did you approach the new album without his input?
It had always been a sort of 50/50 split with the writing while Justin was alive. We each had styles that complimented each other, so it was a nice groundwork to create some awesome sounds. We vibed really well. When it came to writing Dig Deep, the input from Justin had slowed drastically. Almost to a complete halt. In the past, if one of us was having a hard time coming up with riffs, the other would sort of “pick up the slack” until he got back on track. It was something we were used to dealing with because of how picky we are about our sound. For Dig Deep, I was writing and writing hoping that Justin would come around and be able to contribute something. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as I had hoped, and I ended up writing the record basically by myself. I relied more on the rest of the guys in the band, as well as our producer Will Putney and his crew, for input on what I was putting together. Justin and I have an archive of riffs. I didn’t want him to feel left out, so I chose some parts from there to add to the album so he’d have some sense of ownership with the final product. There are still riffs of Justin’s that are sitting in the archives, and in the future I hope to be able to use them wherever they may fit musically, so they can see the light of day and his passion can live on.
4. You are about to head out on the Sumerian Records’ 10 year anniversary tour. Have you toured with Born of Osiris or Veil of Maya in the past? What has been one of your favorite touring experiences?
We’re super excited about this tour! It’s the first time in a while that we’ll all be on the same tour together. Veil Of Maya and Born Of Osiris are some of our oldest friends in the music industry. We grew up playing shows together, so being a decade down the road and still doing what we love for a living is amazing. Too many awesome tour experiences to count. I can say that this tour, considering everything we’ve all been through throughout the years, is going to to go down as one of the most fun we’ve all been on. I think the guys in the other bands would reverberate that as well.
5. What does the rest of 2016 hold for ATB?
Touring, touring, and more touring. With the release of a new album comes a ton of time on the road to support it. We’ll be traveling the world to show people the music we created, and I couldn’t be more excited.
6. What instruments and music products do you guys support?
We play Ibanez guitars, Randall Amps, Mesa Boogie amps, Fractal Audio processors, LaBella strings, Line 6 products, and In-Tune guitar picks. For drums we play Tama, with Meinl cymbals, and Promark drumsticks.
7. Is there anyone the band would point to to thank, label, management, other bands, fans? Anyone you’d say has been a big supporter of ATB?
We’d like to thank all of our fans for sticking with us through the hardest times of our lives. We rely on them so much, and their support holds a very special place in our hearts. Sumerian Records has been with us through it all, we wouldn’t be where we are without them believing in us. Royal Division Management, all of our friends, family — the list could literally go on forever. We owe our lives to these people, not only for the support they give us, but also for the inspiration.
Interview by METALCORE NEWS