Senses Fail reflects on music’s place in society

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Q: Is there anything in particular that you’re looking forward to on this fall tour, as opposed to some of your past tours?
A: I’d like to headline and play more songs. It’s a lot easier to do than like on "Warped Tour" with a ton of bands.

Q: You’ve had a couple of line-up changes over the past few years. Do you feel that this has affected the bands dynamics and songwriting?
A: Well, Heath [Saraceno]’s definitely been a huge impact as far as what he was able to bring to the band…so having a second singer and a whole new ability to explore the aspects of what we’re able to do pushes us to do something different.

Q: And what about having Jason [Black] now on bass?
A: He’s a great bass player. He’s had so much experience with touring, and he’s from an awesome band [Hot Water Music] and brings new ideas to the band.

Q: What do you think you or your fans will think of your music later on down the road? As in, what do you think you’ll leave behind, like a legacy or anything?
A: Just that we we’re a band that didn’t compromise. We always wanted to be in control of our own deal. Someone who just spoke their mind and gave a shit about the music scene and what they were doing, and weren’t just in a band just to be in a band cause it was cool. That’s kinda how I’d like to be remembered but I have no control over that.

Q: Do you think that music is kind of recession-resistant and still serves as an escape like it used to?
A: Yeah definitely I think it’s that why maybe one reason why some of those more popular bubble gum bands are out there. Shit like Brokencyde and shit like 3OH!3. There’s no real substance to it other than it’s fun to listen to. A lot of the kids that are listening to it weren’t into it when 9/11 happened and when the Iraq War happened. That kind of affected me and I wanted to be in a band and be a teenager and be coming of age and coming up and seeing what it was. After 9/11 I think a lot of the bands that came out in that time are a product of the fact that they saw it. They’re darker. Other than this recession there hasn’t been something like that since 2004. That was really the end of war, not that it is over, but that’s when people stopped paying attention. They stopped paying attention cause it wasn’t on the front page of the paper but it was still there. Kids now grow up in a bubble. When I was 17 and 18 there was a lot of [expletive] up shit going on. There’s a reason for the music back then, and that’s 9/11 happened. A lot of bands that came out around in ’99, 2000, and ‘01 had a feeling that isn’t there nowadays.

Q: I recently read this article about music in modern day America. In it, the author states that society as a whole has lost its appreciation for music, due to that we’re constantly saturated in it. Any thoughts on that?
A: Yeah, you’re just always with music. It depends on how hard you look and care about music. If you’re really into it you look for underground scenes and vinyls and independent artists. There’s still that there, but if you were a casual music listener in the early 90’s, you’re going by what’s on the radio. You’re listening to Nirvana and Alice In Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. They’re all independent artists that got on the radio. People that get into music casually now might think it’s garbage now. But I think if you love music and it’s your passion then you know where to find them. There’s a lot of bands out there that are really great that you really have to look for. Casuals don’t look to look for something more, to them it’s just there.

Q: How about three words to describe this upcoming tour?
A: It doesn’t suck.

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