Musicscan: Please state your name and what you do in the band at first and tell us, what Since By Man has currently been up to?
Since By Man:I'm Brad, I play guitar and have ridiculous telephone conversations. What's new in camp SBM... we're back at home now after a US tour, hanging out and getting used to winter since we missed the first part of it. Writing a little bit, just hanging out and playing shows here and there, and gearing up for massive touring that will be coming right after the new year. 7 weeks in the US/Canada with The Bled, then Europe/UK immediately after with Bear Vs Shark.
Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on "Pictures From The Hotel Apocalypse"? Does it feel good to see this new record be available in stores now? How has the response been so far?
Since By Man:It's definitely a relief to have "Pictures..." out and in stores. It's always a little hard finding what to do with the time between when the record is recorded and when it's actually out. On tour, we want to play a whole bunch of new songs because they're fresh and we love them, but no one knows them yet so we feel advised against it. But now that the album is out we can play whatever we want, and everyone has to listen to it whether they like it or not. haha. I think the response has been good so far, I've read some reviews and none of them have been really bad. Some absolutely absurd, but nothing too bad, which is kind of unfortunate. I actually love hearing people talk shit on us, so whenever I get the chance to hear it, I'm all ears.
Musicscan: It seems that your sound is continually changing, while other bands are stagnant. "Pictures From..." just seems to prove that. Is it just me, or is there any truth to this?
Since By Man:Yeah we're definitely a band of evolution within wide boundaries. I doubt we'll ever have straight-up death metal (even as much as I'd love to haha), and I doubt we'll ever have straight up pop-punk singing or anything like that. But we try to do as much as we can, and not sound the same on every record. We all change as people, and our music is a direct reflection of that. We have no interest in sounding the same. There's too many bands out there already who sound the same as each one another, and the same as their previous efforts. We want to be a breath of fresh air to people used to hearing weak imitations.
Musicscan: Do you feel that the new record is a pretty good representation of
Since By Man's sounding as of right now? How would you sum up this release in
short words? What does the listener has to expect?
Since By Man:Yeah I'd say that "Pictures..." is a fair par for where we are, give or take. There are a few things that didn't get onto the record that we haven't had a release for yet, and progression since we've written those songs. But overall, yes. We're loud, we think, we love, we hate, and we're here to change our lives and everyone elses.
Musicscan: Do you feel that Since By Man has found its "own" sound, or is it still evolving? Your debut was differnet to the songs being featured on "Pictures From..." - That's why I am asking... Is it a challenge to continually write and record new songs and records?
Since By Man:I don't think we'll ever really 'actualize' or come into a sound that is truly ours. To do that, it would mean that we found something specific that we want to stick with and sound like, and that's not the case. We want to try different things. We don't have many limitations. If it's cool, then it's cool, regardless of what style. A lot of people expect us to sound 'lighter' with age, like so many other bands, but I think this is our heaviest record to date. There's a lot of hints at more melodic sides, but that's part of sounding diverse, and part of being human being who feel all kinds of different things and want to represent them in music.
Musicscan: What did you guys do differently on "Pictures From..." that you hadn't done previously to keep things progressing? It s kind of a more diverse and chaotic release compared to We Sing The Body Electric...
Since By Man:Actually, when we were writing, we tried to write songs that didn't sound too much like each other, and wanted an album that had songs of different moods on it, just like life. We're interested in so many things and want to try so many things it's hard to just sound 'heavy' or just sound 'spacy' or just sound any one thing.
Musicscan: Your new record has a darker mood to it. How did you approach the songwriting to have that dark mood in it as well as have aggression? How do most Since By Man songs come to be? What's the writing process like? How long does it take, on average, to finsh a song?
Since By Man:It just came out like that I suppose. We're positive guys, but we're into dark things a fair amount. We're not into the bright religious light, so we get evil from time to time. As far as writing, it's usually all of us in a room assembling ideas we have together. There's no one writer, and it's very much a group process. Finishing a song for us can take anywhere from two practices to like four months.
Musicscan: Were there any particular adjustments or things that you wanted to improve upon from a technical aspect of writing? Have there been any difficulties or obstacles during the songwriting or recording process?
Since By Man:Yeah there's always stumbles along the way for writing and recording. There's 5 of us, and we don't always agree, but we work through it and get shit done.
Musicscan: As far as I'm concerned, the most interesting thing about Since By Man is your ability to make brutal music that you still can sing along to... The songs on "Pictures From..." cover a lot of bases musically - there's something for everyone within the extreme underground from hardcore to screamo and even metal. Were you going for a more inclusive approach or did this happen by accident?
Since By Man:Kind of half and half. We love all kinds of music and we want to play all kinds of music. Lots of people have side projects to do this, but more or less, we all have us. We want to sound different from song to song, riff to riff, and things just come out how they do. And everyone loves a singalong.
Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with the underground for a couple of years now? What has it done for you? Did your work as musician change your personal view of life?
Since By Man:Being in Since By Man has definitely changed my life, and I'm sure there rest of the band would say the same thing. Since By Man has been a band for 6 years, and a lot of shit happens during then, and a lot we've learned from. Personally, I feel lucky to have experienced so much and seen so much of the world. It's kind of surreal sometimes to think that we actually accomplish as much as we do. It changed me as a person a lot. Now when I'm home from tour I have that lurking sense of adventure all the time... like I should be going to the next city, the next day, the next adventure. It's insatiable.
Musicscan: When you strip Since By Man down to its core, what would you say is the message of your band?
Since By Man:We want to change lives. Yours and our own. We want to show people that there are better ways of doing things, that there are better ways to act and there are better ways of thinking about music. You don't need to treat bands as rockstars, they're all normal people who came out of their mothers vaginas just like you. Don't worship them, hang out with them. As far as life in general, there are so many options, just follow what you're passionate about. We do this band and dig ourselves into so much financial and emotional debt you have no idea, but we do it because we love it and wouldn't have it any other way. Even if what you want to do doesn't make sense, try it. Maybe it will be amazing and maybe it won't work out, but wouldn't you rather know? You don't have to be content with a 9-5 office job that you hate when you could be out traveling, creating, or learning, making your parents worry about you and loving every second of it. Think about what you're doing instead of just doing it, and don't be afraid to wander and take chances.
Musicscan: Anything left you want to say?
Since By Man:Europe, we're coming back in April, and we can't wait to see you again. Last time was a blast and we're so excited to come back. Come to shows and say hello and teach us dirty words.