Otherwise Frontman Discusses New Album, Touring Plans, and More
August 21, 2014
By: Nicole McKay
Otherwise are set to return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2012 debut, True Love Never Dies. Peace At All Costs, featuring the first single "Darker Side of the Moon" hits shelves on September 16, and is now available for pre-order on ITunes and Amazon. We caught up with singer Adrian Patrick to discuss the new material, influences, and touring plans:
MPR: The turnaround time between True Love Never Dies and Peace At All Costs is pretty quick, especially with how much touring you've been doing. Did you feel any pressure to get it out as soon as possible?
Adrian: No I think we definitely chose to avoid that, so this is the strongest material that people are gonna hear from us.
MPR: Do you ever read what people think on comments or reviews online when you release something new like "Darker Side of the Moon"?
Adrian: No I do, the ones that are positive. Anyhting that has good energy and it's supportive of what we're doing, I'll read that.
MPR: Are you excited to have some fresh material to play, especially with the longer headliner set?
Adrian: We just had a show here at home at the Hard Rock Pool with Buckcherry and we got a chance to play a couple of new songs. It was a lot of fun, it was very exciting for us and it seemed to be exciting for the 2,000 or so people that were in front of us. When you play the same songs for 2 years straight and you play them thousands of times each, sometimes you can get stuck kind of just going through the motions. When you get to inject new material and a fresh vibe and fresh sound it's just a lot of fun and I think everybody's gonna be extremely surprised and connect with the new songs.
MPR: Can it be difficult trying to figure out which old songs to keep and which new ones to add in to get the best possible set list?
Adrian: Yeah we're actually talking about that a little bit. There's some songs that are probably gonna be cut out. It gets sad and bittersweet. The songs aren't going away though, we can always pull them out and play them. What's cool about having more material now is that we can switch up our set from night to night and keep it interesting for ourselves. We're excited about that prospect and getting to showcase more material on a headlining set, more emotional and give everybody an idea of who we are and what we're about. When you're the opening band or direct support you only have 20 to 30 minutes a lot of times it doesn't feel like it's enough to convey your message. But the headlining tour we're excited and anxious to get out there.
MPR: Did anything in particular inspire you when you were writing Peace At All Costs?
Adrian: I'd say that our experience at being professionals, quote on quote, in the music industry, you know the business side, really kind of forged this album through fire I guess. There's a lot of frustration and angst and anger in the album but it's also more sensitive and even more melodic in certain ways than True Love Never Dies. The sound is mature, you can hear our evolution. It feels good and strong and powerful and dark and happy and hopeful at the same time. After two years on the road in support of True Love Never Dies we came home, our beloved RV blew up, the trailer broke in half. We came home with more scars and more frustrations and put that into the music. When you hear Peace At All Costs you're gonna hear the most focused that Otherwise has ever been.
MPR: Did you have any inspiration musically or anything you listened to a lot when you were working on it?
Adrian: Not really, just life. There wasnt a whole lot of other influences music wise. I guess I was listening to a lot of David Bottrill's catalog because we were working with him. Peter Gabriel I listened to the most actually. David Bottrill did the soundtrack for Peter Gabriel's The Last Temptation of Christ, that is an amazing collection of work, I listened to that with my brother, my parents. So if I had to say I listened to anything the most it was probably that and his entire catalog.
MPR: If you could go back in time 2 years and give youself some advice, what would you say?
Adrian: That's a good question. I guess I would tell myself, the funny thing is that I knew it back then because I've been there before and I've been through a lot of tragedy for whatever reason and close touches with death and a lot of violence, but I would tell myself hey look, you're gonna feel better. I knew it at the time, but when you're in it it doesn't ever feel like the pain is gonna subside or get better. It never fully goes away, you just learn how to deal with it and cope with it more. I feel like i'm in a much happier place. At the start of the tour for True Love Never Dies I was so heartbroken. Now going out on another tour it might be another 2 years and this time my heart's not heavy. I feel stronger and I feel great to take on this journey. I guess I would tell myself that I'm a lot stronger than I think I am.
MPR: I asked fans if they had any questions and of course got some very classy responses. So, if you were trapped in a room with Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopie Goldberg and you had to have sex with one of them in order to get out, who would it be?
Adrian: Hmmm I dunno. I'd have to choose one? I guess I'd have to go with Whoopie, it would be kinda mean to go for someone that's into women, at least Whoopie might enjoy it.
MPR: And finally, if you could be a fly on the wall in any room for a day, where would you go?
Adrian: Fly on the wall in any room? Oh that's a good question. I dunno, probably the most secret, highest, most secure level clearance of the Federal Reserve, I would really like to know what these guys do with our money. We place so much value into it and it controls the world. So I guess I'd like to see what they're doing, what they're plotting and hopefully be able to do something about it.