Ahead of Buried In Verona’s latest record Vultures Above, Lions Below, we sat down with vocalist Brett Anderson to discuss the band’s creative process behind their work. With fans, tour life and the rejuvenation of the band in the forefront of the release, Buried in Verona are set for a ‘Hurricane’ of anticipation and self-discovery.
What sparked the idea for the visuals within Hurricane in regard to the completely fan based cinematography?
We started a campaign for people to be able to go to our website, write a message, project all their negative, sad or whatever emotions they needed to get rid of and see it get printed out live on a webcam set up in front of a printer. We thought to ourselves it would be great to give these people’s thoughts and feelings closure by reading them and burning them, so we did. We went down into the bush and took some cameras, a fire pit and all the messages we received and burnt them to ashes along with their negativity people projected on them. Simple idea but it was so amazing to think people trusted us with some thoughts and feelings that are very close to their heart.
“There were so many great ideas and it immediately rejuvenated us, yet we had new members with fresh new positive attitudes which played a part but mostly we got excited about music again – our music.”
What did you find to be the hardest part of the regrouping process?
The thing is it wasn’t hard, it was the most simple organic thing we have ever done and is half the reason why BIV still exists. After we left all the shit in the past and decided to move forward positively it all fell into place.
What did you find to be the key motivator to keep you pushing through the events of the past year, going on to continue to create music?
We all had a lot of time off to think ‘is all the pain and stress worth it’ along with all the miss placed hate towards us, but when we came together again (at a meeting to decide when to end the band) we had all written some music, lyrics, ideas etc. we showed them to each other and something sparked. There were so many great ideas and it immediately rejuvenated us, yet we had new members with fresh new positive attitudes which played a part but mostly we got excited about music again – our music. We could not let this just fall away without giving it one more real go, put everything we have into it one last time with songs we absolutely loved. We did and we couldn’t be happier with the decision to keep going and to try and gain back the shot we lost at making music our lives.
After putting so much creativity and time into the creation/production of your forthcoming album, how did it feel to finally hear it all come together?
It was amazing, it felt like it was the first thing I’ve ever done that I was truly proud of. I really feel this album is something special.
In regard to fan engagement through the Hurricane video what reflectively did you find most interesting about the process as a whole?
That these anonymous people shared such deep thoughts and experiences with us. We all read them all as a group before heading out to the bush and were blown away by some truly courageous amazing people, some which made any and all of my personal issues seem like a drop in the ocean. I’m so glad we did that.
Overall, do you have a stand out favourite song off you forthcoming album, and is there one you are most excited to perform live?
I’m super excited to play ‘Vultures Above’ live, as it will be crazy and it’s definitely a favourite.
What is your favourite part of tour life?
Everything except the lack of sleep haha, it’s such an amazing experience and privilege to do what we do.
“I also think the Australian Government needs to get involved in supporting Australian bands, this would go a long way in bands longevity and take a lot of pressure off.”
In light your tour coming up, how did you respond to the announcement to Hand Of Mercy calling it quits?
I was super surprised they were calling it quits and am extremely sad to see them go. They are great guys and a great band; Australian music will definitely miss them. The more the fans can support the bands they like the longer those bands will be around. I also think the Australian Government needs to get involved in supporting Australian bands, this would go a long way in bands longevity and take a lot of pressure off. We have Aussie bands absolutely killing it around the globe representing Australia and our way of life; the government should be encouraging more bands to be ambassadors for Australia and in turn supporting the Australian scene and the growth of bands and making it into their careers.
In light of the past years events what piece of advice would you give to a fan who is struggling to overcome whatever may be weighing them down?
Self-manage for as long as you can, and when you do need a manager to take you to the next level control your own money and make 1000000% sure you can trust them.
And finally in light of a change in your sound, where do you draw you biggest inspiration sound-wise?
With this record our sound was born from all internal influences, we didn’t draw consciously from any outside music we just supported each other in trying new things musically and just trying to be as creative as possible. The fact that we self-produced gave us total control to shape this album exactly how we wanted it.
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