Underoath have released a new clip from their upcoming DVD, “Tired Violence,” via Alternative Press. The DVD will officially be released on May 1.
In other news, Alternative Press also interviewed Tim McTague, who discussed the band’s break up and the possibility of a return.
Here’s what he said about the band’s mindset during their final tour:
“For me, 2012 was a weird year. We just got burned out, really. We were touring too much–seven, eight, nine months a year, hitting cities all the time. We were playing every festival we got an offer on to generate enough income for seven to 12 people having to live on the road all year and have lives at home. It just got to the point where we felt really weird. We weren’t super-excited, y’know? It just kinda came down to doing a slow year. Like, what does Underoath look like at a slow year? Without an album, without going through all the rigmarole, without playing Warped Tour and grueling things like that all the time.
We tried to do a lot of festivals or larger one-offs that financially make a little bit more sense, and while we all knew they weren’t going to generate a lot of money through the year, we could sustain some sort of moderate schedule and income in between larger years. It just came to the point where certain dudes didn’t like that idea, and I think we all saw ourselves dwindling; our passion was fading in different ways. Underoath has meant so much to us and so many people over 12-plus years, and now we’re just gonna tear it down to this half-ass, tour-when-we-want-to sort of idea and just maintain?
And we were like, “No, we shouldn’t do that at all. We either do it or we don’t.” At that time, Chris [Dudley, keyboardist] had kids, I had kids, James [Smith, rhythm guitar] had kids and he had actually left the band. He just couldn’t do the schedule anymore. So we were having fill-ins; we had Tom [Keeley] from Thursday and a couple different people who were actively looking for options, but it just got to the point where it was weird. Like, that isn’t what Underoath is.
If we can’t do Underoath right, then let’s not do it, y’know? I personally liked the idea of writing a record every two years, supporting that record with one tour and getting everything right, but it became very evident that other dudes [in the band] just couldn’t do that. We tried all of these ideas, and none of them ever ended up fitting. I remember me, Spencer [Chamberlain, vocalist] and Grant [Brandell, bassist] were grabbing a beer at a bar inside of an airport and I was just like, “Dude, I’m so over this. I can’t do this anymore.”
Here’s what he said about the film being the band’s final chapter:
“Man, I don’t know. Personally, I don’t think Underoath will ever go to rest. Underoath was a lifestyle for us; it was our lives. I think it will always be alive in all of us and we don’t know what that looks like, per se. But I could totally see things just… being different.”
Here’s what he said when asked if he was opposed to a reunion:
“No! Not at all. I don’t think any of us are necessarily opposed, it’s always just [up to] our schedules. None of us left the band hating it; none of us don’t like each other. If anything, we talk about how we all miss it. I think something like that is 100 percent possible.”