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Slam Dunk Festival Interview with THE AMITY AFFLICTION

We were lucky enough to sit down and talk to Ryan Burt, the drummer of The Amity Affliction. Here’s what we talked about.

You’ve got the new album, ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’ coming up and you’ve been making albums since 2008 – is there anything you’ve learned from the past that you’ve applied to this one?

There’s too many things to learn (laughs) I don’t know, we’ve all just matured over the years. It’s been eight years now since the first album so we’re a little bit older, you just get better every time I think. If you don’t get better, then what’s the point?

Do you feel like it’s become easier to write songs together?

We don’t really write together, Ahren and Dan kind of write songs by themselves and then we input at the end. It’s a weird way of doing it but it works for us.

What can fans look forward to in particular on the new album?

There’s one really weird song for us, it’s an acoustic one, we’ve never done that before. It’s probably my favourite song on the album to be honest. We’ve wanted to do an acoustic song for years but we never have, so I’m excited for everyone to hear it.

So you felt like the time was right now to do an acoustic song?

Yeah. It’s our 5th album, it’s about time.

Why did you guys call it, ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’?

Erm, Joel writes the lyrics.
So blame him?

I blame Joel. (Laughs)

Will you be playing any songs from the album today?

We’re playing Bring the Weather with Me, the first single which came out two weeks ago. There’s nothing else out yet so we’re keeping it secret.

As you’ve got so many, how do you choose which songs you’re going to play at festivals?

It’s too hard, for this run we had to change up all the times, so we’ve got like three different sets to choose from. We just pick whatever songs we think go down the best and then we’ve got the new one as well. It’s hard to fit it into like 40 minutes or whatever it is, to pick between five albums, it’s hard.

For one of your previous tours, you did a fan poll to decide which songs you played. Would you think of doing something like that again?

Yeah that was a long time ago! But yeah I think so. It depends ‘cause sometimes they pick songs that we’re not gonna play again, like songs from our EPs and stuff that other people just don’t know. So we’ll see, we’d probably do it again but to an extent.

Obviously the big question is, will you be touring the album in the UK?

Yes. I can’t say anything right now but the news will be out very soon.

But it’s a definite yes?

It’s a definite yes. 

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