Exclusive: Spineshank Premiere New Song “Anger Denial Acceptance”
Having sold hundreds of thousands of records around the world and toured with Slipknot, System of a Down, Sepultura, and Disturbed, among others, Spineshank are set to release their upcoming album, Anger Denial Acceptance, next year, but are first looking for a new record label to call home. Until they find that home, the band is proud to unleash the title cut from the album right here. Anger Denial Acceptance–produced by Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker and mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (Papa Roach, Buckcherry)–will be the fourth release from the Los Angeles natives. Check out the song below, read what drummer Tommy Decker has to say about it, and let us know what you think in the comments.
REVOLVER What’s “Anger Denial Acceptance” about?
TOMMY DECKER The song deals with loss. The title stems from some of the stages of grief. Each stage is represented in a certain part of the song. This song is the centerpiece of the whole record and ties everything together.
Which part of it did you come up with first? And what was the inspiration?
Mike actually came up with the initial skeleton of the song. He had a pretty clear idea of where he wanted to go with it by the time the rest of us got our hands on it. Once we locked down the arrangement, we went to work on the lyrics. There are a lot of lyrics in this song and they are all very real. Every word on this song is based on experiences that one of us went through–unfortunately for us, our best songs are derived from pain and misery. It is also the first song that was a lyrical collaboration between Mike [Sarkisyan, guitar], Jonny [Santos, vocals], and I. We were all on the same page on this one.
Was this an easy song to write or record?
Nothing on this record was easy to write. Each of us had to go through some personal tragedies before we were able to write a song like this. It takes us right back to the loss thing–everyone in the world has to experience the loss in their lives, whether it be death or otherwise, it’s a part of life and this is how we dealt with it. We were able to take something painful and turn it into a positive.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far? What sort of reaction do you want to get from the song?
The feedback has been great! This song has every element that you expect from Spineshank: It’s heavy, dynamic, and catchy. It also has a lot of electronic elements to it. I think we have really progressed with this song–there are some things about this song that we wouldn’t have been able to pull off a few years ago. We’ve progressed as songwriters. We’ve been a band for a long time now and I think it would be a little bit of a cop out if we just stuck to a formula and wrote the same type of songs we were writing 10 years ago. I feel like we really put everything into this song. I hope that people just connect with it. Like I said earlier, the lyrics deal with something that everyone can relate to. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what country you live in, or how much money you have. You will be able to relate to this song.