To this end, Dani admits that “I'm glad I wasn't touring. Because if I had to do any kind of band stuff [at that point], even though we did release the album, I could do it in my own time.”
As he says, though, had things continued as they were in the band, they might have broken anyway. When Jason left in July 2021, they had to ask themselves some serious, existential questions. “What does this band mean?” was one. “What are we continuing?” was another. “I'm not going to bastardise the memory of Bury Tomorrow just to try and prove my own ego that I think we're really good,” was one thought bouncing around Dani’s head. “That would just be utterly pointless.”
In some ways – and when the notion is put to Dani, he nods in agreement – it’s good that such things came up so far into Bury Tomorrow’s journey. After 18 years, and looking at doing their seventh album, they are older men than they were, where the wins and losses of dedicating yourself to a band are more self-evident and tangible. Dani’s job and home life, for example, mean that time dedicated to the band is at more of a premium. But here lies perspective: that just means that you have to cut out the crap.
“I think the biggest part was, if we are continuing, we cannot continue this ‘Woe is me Bury Tomorrow, aren't we hard done by?’ crap,” he says. “It's utter rubbish. My biggest thing at the moment is putting things into perspective. If you put it into perspective with of all the stuff that's going on in the world, and how fucked it is, if a member leaving a metalcore band from Southampton in England is the biggest issue for people to talk about, [after] the pandemic, and all of the loss that we've gone through, then, God, we haven't done that the right way.
“We're lucky that we survived the pandemic,” he continues. “There's plenty of bands that couldn't survive the pandemic because of financial issues, jobs, loss of life. I've managed to put a lot of things into perspective over this time. And whilst I've always been incredibly appreciative, it's almost been like, ‘Come on, guys. I know is this is really good to be in a band, isn't it? It's really fantastic. It's great.’ And now it feels like we're all aligned. We're all like that. This is who we should be."