Survive This! recently released their album ‘The Life You’ve Chosen‘ via Epitaph Records. To find out a little more about the release, the band took the time to answer our On The Record questions this week. Expand this post to take a read of their answers. You can grab a copy of the album now on CD [Here] or iTunes [Here].
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Tell us about the release title.
The title of our upcoming album is The Life You’ve Chosen’. It’s the song that really jump started everything so it just seemed fitting in the end. We originally were going to call the album ‘Lessons In Deception’. But then we thought it was to dark and stuck out. But in the end out final decision just had the best fit.
Tell us about the artwork.
We really wanted a comic book vibe to the artwork. We sat down with my good friend Devin Taylor (Thinking Allowed Graphics, Bleeding Star, Shrapnel Clothing) and started going through ideas. We went all over the place with it and the ‘sleeping with the fishes’ idea just kept jumping out. It was a crazy shoot to build and put together. But I think we pulled it off well.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
I believe it’s coming out on everything besides vinyl. There’s pre-orders out now with t-shirt bundles for digital and hard copy.
Who will it be released through, and when?
It’s being released through our amazingly new label Epitaph Records! Came out last Friday 1st November in Australia.
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We recorded with Ryan Staples and Ronnie Radke in Hollywood, California. It was in Ryan’s personal studio. We did our first song together that got us signed and it just seemed fitting to finish the record together.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
We went writing songs we didn’t have a mindset of the CD itself. What we really wanted to focus on was individual song writing. Making sure one song as a whole was a great. not worrying of it fit into certain sound, but if it felt good to play.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
We try to not listen to anything. That way we just write whatever is on the top of our heads. We listen to every genre out there so the silliest thing we hear can influence us to a certain vibe. But when we start writing it’s hard to want to listen to anything but your own. Your always trying to critic yourself.
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
No we really just wanted it to sound well! We just jumped in and hoped for the best really.
How long did you spend in the studio recording?
It was a weird process, we did a lot of the pre-production when Ronnie was on the road. When he had free time we would go down and lock things in. I would say all together it was a 3 month process over 5 month span. Lol
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
Well like I said pre-pro was done over emails. We would get feedback keep sending material over. I think once we got in the studio it was a relief to have everyone in one room.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
We usually just recorded ourselves. So we would take out own time out of the week and be able to finish on our schedule. This record we had a deadline and wanted to make it!
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
Yes! Ronnie is on a track called “Hey You”. He sings a verse, part of chorus and does some screams. It’s a really unique track to the record. A lot of fun.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
We used a 5150 and framus amps and heads. They’re pretty sweet!
Any memorable studio moments?
Ryan Ogren looped a vocal while tracking that sounded like thoughts of urine and he would randomly pull it out all the time. Haha it was crazy.
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
There are two songs out of bundle that we might try and salvage. But I don’t know if it will happen just yet.
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
‘Where I Belong’ is really fun live! Kids are most responsive so far to it.
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
It’s a lot cleaner and more mature. I think it’s our personal best! I hope now we can only improve from here.
Anything else you want to say or about the release?
I would just love if everyone can help spread the word about our cd release, and music video. I hope we can see and meet everyone out there that’s interested in us. Without our fans we wouldn’t even have the chance to do what we’re doing now.
SURVIVE THIS – ‘The Life You’ve Chosen‘
Available now on Epitaph Records.
Order on CD [Here] or iTunes [Here].