Sam Carter’s own interpretation – while claiming to be oblivious of Dan’s own reading – is one of a continued search for answers that lies at the heart of For Those That Wish To Exist.
“I’m not sure what those answers are except, ‘We need to do better,’” Dan says.
“We’re looking inward and exploring, ‘How does this make me feel? What do you want to do about this? And what can you do about this?’” nods Sam.
“Because this is all of our faults,” Dan resumes. “Yes, some people hold more cards than others and can affect greater change – and they really ought to be – but what am I doing? Am I still being excessively wasteful all the time and then being pissed off when a corporation dumps oil into the ocean? Yeah, I am pissed off at that, but am I really doing everything that I can? It really has to start there.”
Sam is in no doubt, though, that come the concluding Dying Is Absolutely Safe (“Like Sigur Rós in our practice space,” as he succinctly describes it), the album’s destination leaves its listener in a more positive space. “It’s an album that really does depend on what mindset you’re in, where your head is at, and I think that changes depending on if feel like you have something to fight for, or if you feel it’s too late,” he says. “It changes every time I listen to it. But do I think it ends in a hopeful place? Yeah, I do.”
Dan Searle is less sure. “I’d say there is hope on this album,” he says after a lengthy contemplation. “Or, I’d like to think there is.”
He gently laughs.
“Maybe it’s hope with a sprinkling of fatalism.”
For Those That Wish To Exist is due out on February 26 via Epitaph Records.
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