The Almost is set to release their third full length album, Fear Inside Our Bones, on April 9th. The band will soon be hitting the road in March alongside Finch in promotion of the upcoming release. Frontman, Aaron Gillespie, recently talked with Alternative Addiction about the writing the record and also compared the new material with the group’s prior albums.
According to Gillespie, fans can expect a much different sound on Fear Inside Our Bones in comparison with the band’s previous work. Not only that, but The Almost also took a much different approach in studio this time around. As opposed to Monster Monster where the guys spent multiple months recording, for the new disc the band was able to record the complete album in less than a week.
“It’s a totally different thing. For Monster Monster, we spent two months in the studio multi-tracking. But for this album, we recorded it in five days live; the only thing that was overdubbed was the vocals. We did the whole thing so fast but it was a quicker and better process. I think in terms of rock and roll music it needs to feel urgent and this sure did….we put some amps in different rooms but it was very hodgepodge on purpose. We wanted it to feel like a rock and roll band within a room playing songs for you.”
In addition, Gillespie shared that he began writing for the new LP long before the band even entered the studio. As a result, he had a substantial amount of lyrics to select from, refine, and perfect for the album; the former Underoath drummer also added he felt this enhanced the raw emotion that can be heard in the new songs.
“There’s a lot of stuff that went back…we spent a long time writing it. I really wanted to spend time writing because last time I feel like we wrote so fast and when we headed into the studio, there was more of a focus on the recording process and less on the writing process. So this time I really wanted to spend more time writing and I think you can hear that in the songs too. It’s more of an emotional thing and I’m pretty amped about it.”
Clearly, there was a deliberate effort on the part of Gillespie and co. to have Fear Inside Our Bones stand apart from the band’s first two albums. And from talking with the frontman it’s evident he had one specific goal in mind before making the new album – to create the most genuine and innovative music possible while retaining a true rock and roll sound.
“It’s an interesting thing. To me, the best bands (and I’m not saying we’re the best band) are the ones that make records that are different. I don’t mean we’re going to make a rap or polka record but it’s the great bands that make albums that feel incongruent with each other but are also cohesive with each other. If you put out the same record ten times I think that’s how you can ruin your career – unless you’re in a band like Motörhead because then you need to put out the same record ten times...I wasn’t writing this record for radio or writing it for anybody. I was writing it because I felt like it was what I needed to do.”
The first single from Fear Inside Our Bones, “Ghost,” was made available for listeners last month.