Following a recent interview, posted here, with Between The Buried And Me guitarist Paul Waggoner, it turns out a few people were a little worried at the prospect of the band preferring to avoid some of their older material at live shows. I’m honestly not sure why this blew up so much, because it’s pretty common for bands these days that are still deep within the regular ‘touring and releasing new music’ cycle to keep things fresh by focusing mainly on their newer material. But it seems it was enough for the band to make a statement on their Facebook page, reading:
To clear up any recent news posts…
We are an active band and we continue to write new music. As this happens, older material begins to become less relevant to what we are currently doing. If you’ve seen us multiple times over the last 4 or 5 years, you’ve probably noticed that we only play two or three pre-Colors songs. Those few songs are fan favorites and I’m sure we will still bust them out from time to time. Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.
Which is fair enough. It’s great to hear your favourite songs and all, but still it must get tiring to pull out the same old tricks every time, especially for a band like BTBAM who have done a whole of evolving over the years. Also, the whole going over ‘like a wet fart at a funeral’ thing is equally true, more than a few times I’ve been the sole nerd freaking out that a band is playing some obscure track from yesteryear, slowly realising no one around me has no idea what is happening. Dampens the mood a little.