An interview with As Everything Unfolds
As Everything Unfolds is a band that sparked conversation, and buzzing excitement, in the alternative music scene. Going from strength to strength after releasing their 2018 EP Closure, and touring with bands such as Our Hollow, Our Home, we were waiting to see what they do next. After much anticipation the band are on the cusp of releasing their debut album Within Each Lies The Other. We got a chance to catch up with guitarist Adam Kerr about the record, the emotion behind it, and more.
Words: Simone Barton
There has been a lot of anticipation surrounding Within Each Lies The Other, how are you feeling now it’s almost out there?
A nice mix of relief and joy! The response has been fantastic and it feels so good to finally have it out there after having these songs for so long.
What made now the perfect time to release your debut?
It didn’t feel like the perfect time at the beginning to be honest. COVID brought so much uncertainty to the entire world, let alone the music industry. It felt like the right time for us, we couldn’t wait any longer to share this album with everyone and I think we were incredibly lucky for it to work out well for us.
You’ve described the album as representing your anger, sadness, vengeance, and happiness. How was it navigating all of these emotions and writing tracks that show vulnerability?
It brought its own challenges for sure. We took a bit of a strike while the iron’s hot approach to the more emotionally charged tracks – capturing the honesty of the emotions was very important to us and I’d like to think it shows on the record.
Whilst there is definitely sadness throughout, hope also comes through in tracks like ‘I’m Not The Only One’. Is it important to you to have this aspect amongst the rest of the emotions that are laid bare?
Of course! What good is an album that invokes such despair, to not then lift you up triumphantly. It’s really important for me that our music shows the good times with the bad, but even more so that it all works out in the end.
What is one thing that you want people to take away from the album when they’ve finished listening?
Hope. Music has always been a healer for me and it’s so important to me that it makes you want to keep going. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep going when the world is beating you down, but even if for a moment you need someone to sing you back from the brink, I hope that we can help.
How are you all going to spend the next few weeks celebrating the release?
I think it would be rude not to pop a couple bottles of champagne on Zoom to celebrate! We’re quite a workaholic band though and I imagine we’ll spend more time writing for album #2 than celebrating.
“It’s really important for me that our music shows the good times with the bad“
What’s the first album you owned?
Infinity On High by Fall Out Boy, perhaps the greatest album they ever wrote. I’m sure I’m gonna get stick from all the From Under The Cork Tree fans for that!
What’s the last album you purchased / streamed?
For Those Who Wish To Exist by Architects! I’m always super excited for their releases and this one was no different!
An album that never gets old?
Waking Up The Neighbours by Bryan Adams. It’s iconic in every way and I’ll be buried with it.
Is there a record that has extreme sentimental value to you?
Able Bodies by From Indian Lakes definitely holds that crown, it’s a beautiful album that got me through some rough times.
An album that reminds you of home
Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf. Possibly the soundtrack to my dad’s life and subsequently the sound of my childhood.
Settle the argument
Vinyl or Spotify?
I’m sure I’m going to offend a lot of people, but honestly Spotify. I think if I listened to albums in full, a bit more like I used to, I would say vinyl but god it’s expensive – and with my love for singles at the minute I’d be changing the vinyl every five minutes. Spotify is so convenient and I quite like not having any crackle when I listen to music, haha!
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