INTERVIEW: METALCORE ACT “ODDS OF AN AFTERTHOUGHT” ON NEW EP “THROUGH THE EYES OF CHANGE”.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce its readers to an interview we had with Minnesota metalcore outfit ODDS OF AN AFTERTHOUGHT who released their THROUGH THE EYES OF CHANGE EP on May 14th, 2019. The band currently consists of Tanner Greely (vocals/guitar), Andre Bertrand (guitar), Logan Greely (drums) and Aaron Eickholt (bass) and has formed in 2013 in Minneapolis. Odds of an Afterthought independently released their first album Finding the True Vine in December 2014 followed by a few singles and Strongholds EP in 2018.
Despite not being a concept release, their brand new EP is ultimately discussing how life isn’t stagnant and how people are constantly changing as well as everything around us. The new material is fully representing the transition which has affected the band’s sound, from an early hard-rock influence to a more evident metalcore stomp. Positivity and hope is poured into the melodic injections and juxtaposed with breakdowns, razor-sharp riffing and blistering vocals.
In this interview our editor-in-chief Alex had with vocalist TANNER GREELY, we had the chance to get to know Odds of An Afterthought a little better, we discussed in depth their EP THROUGH THE EYES OF CHANGE, explored their sound, lyrical inspirations and aspirations.
- Hello Odds of An Afterthought and thank you for your time. Let’s introduce your lineup and journey as a band and the mindset behind choosing this name.
Tanner Greely – Vocals
Andre Bertrand – Guitar
Aaron Eickholt – Bass
Logan Greely – Drums
The band started in the early months of 2013 as a five member high school rock band. We played a lot of small coffee shop shows before playing our first full band show in May of 2013. Over the years we’ve been constantly improving our genre to form the metalcore sound we have today. We got our band’s name from an online band name generator after having some trouble coming up with a name ourselves.
- How the songwriting and creative process goes with the four of you guys when you sit down to write and record new materials?
Our songwriting process ultimately depends on the timing of the year. It can be very hard to get all four of our members to sit down together in the same room to write. Our writing for Through Eyes of Change started with Aaron and I sitting down to write the rhythm. melodies, and lyrics for each song. Then we had Logan and Andre throw down their ideas and guidance to what Aaron and I had written. When it came time to record the tracks, we collectively threw in our last input and really just put connected the puzzle pieces all together to form the final versions of each song.
- Let’s discuss your sound and the transition taking place since you moved from your hard-rock influence to a stronger metalcore stomp.
Yeah so we started out as a high school rock band. We had songs that were leaning more towards the metal side of things and we had soft rock songs as well. As time progressed and members came and went, we slowly decided that we wanted to play heavier songs than our first release Finding the True Vine. We eventually wrote the songs for our Strongholds EP years later and that was a step above all of our previous material. A big influence for wanting to play a metalcore sound as a whole is how much the metal scene here in Minnesota is booming and only getting bigger. There is so much talent here in the Twin Cities music scene.
- Summarize your sound in three adjectives.
Our sound can be described as Melodic, Catchy, and Aggressive.
- I would love to briefly talk about the message you wish to spread and the specific lyrical themes discussed in THROUGH THE EYES OF CHANGE EP.
The topics of our songs over the past six years have been different due to many different members contributing to the lyrical writing process. The lyrics for our new EP Through Eyes of Change were written by Aaron and I. We decided that each song should have a different message but that each song should hold a true virtue and that is the virtue of change. This EP is not a concept release but ultimately discusses how life isn’t stagnant and how people are constantly changing as well as everything around us.
- Let’s talk about lead single CHECKMATE!
Checkmate! was the first song we wrote for this EP. It was the song that guided the direction for all of the other tracks on this EP. The song is about a friendship turning sour. I’m sure we’ve all had a certain friendship in our lives that turns out to be toxic. We knew right away when we wrote this song that there would be people that could relate to its meaning.
- KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, KID Would love to know more about the experience you had featuring Jeremy Schaeffer of Earth Groans.
We’ve been pretty good friends with Jeremy and the guys in Earth Groans for a few years now.. We’ve shared the stage together a few different times and each member is just so very kind and down to earth. The style of Keep Your Head Up, Kid really gave us the idea to have a guest vocal feature on the song. We reached out to Jeremy not only because he is a friend of ours but because he carries a vocal style that we knew would fit perfectly for the song.
- What were some of the challenges you faced, if any, when working on this record?
I think I can speak on the behalf of the guys when I say it’s very hard to get all four members together to write as a group. The writing process was frustrating in the sense that we just couldn’t have everybody in the same room at once to contribute.
- How are Odds of An Afterthought preparing for the release and live promotion of the record, any shows?
We played our EP release show on Saturday, May 18th 2019 at The Garage in Burnsville, MN. We are doing a 2+ week tour in June in support of the EP as well.
- How do you see yourselves in 5 years’ time, any goals you wish to achieve and aspirations?
We are just taking things as they come. As far as the future is concerned, we are just going to push ourselves to the highest potential and see where it takes us. Hoping to see our band grow immensely throughout the country in the coming years.
Thank you for your time and all the best for your release. We are thrilled for more music to be dropped by Odds of An Afterthought and support you into Europe and US!
Odds of An Afterthought – Through Eyes of Change EP tracklist:
2. Keep Your Head Up, Kid (ft. Jeremy Schaeffer)
3. Everything Will Be Different Now
4. Show Me a Sign
5. Fight or Flight
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