The name of the band Born of Osiris, is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?
The name was brought to us by our label, they presented the name when we were in need of a band name. They gave us packets of information on Osiris and then from there we decided on “Born of” because we like to compare the life and triumphs of Osiris to our band itself. He was an innovator, a creator, and many other things in his life.
Your lyrics are infused with heavy detail and raw emotion. What is it that normally gives you inspiration when writing lyrics and is there a concept behind the writing of A Higher Place?
The concept of A Higher Place is basically what we’ve gone through since The New Reign (2007) When we recorded The New Reign we were still in high school. The lyrical content has changed since we have now been touring the world for the past few years. We are much older and more mature, and now have more valuable opinions in our mind. Every album will grow musically and lyrically.
You just released A Higher Place, how has the reactions been thus far? What can fans expect when they pick up a copy?
The reactions have been great! I’m not sure if fans are getting what they expected from it. I think they expected us to put our a record that is very much like The New Reign, but for us as musicians we feel every album should be different than the last. The New Reign was written at a different point in our lives. Since then we have evolved as musicians, and will continue to evolve as our career goes on. Sound wise its just as heavy, but more raw. There is more melody and more feeling behind every song.
What was the recording process like, how long did you have, was their any pressure on you?
The recording process was quite the journey. We had a month in Massachusettes with Zuess. We stayed at a house next to his studio. When we arrived we didnt exactly have all the songs completed, which was the stressful part. It left us to piece together things in the studio at night between sessions. The funny part is, the songs we put together in the studio turned out to be some of the favorites! After the album was finished we went home and sat on it for a while before making the decision to have it remixed and remastered by someone else. We also redid the vocals on the whole album as well. We were very picky, but in the end I think the final product is worth it.
Who did the artwork and title for the album, when you look on the final project, is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
Daniel McBride did the album artwork for the album, we were very happy with it. There was a couple mistakes for the first press. Thats the only thing that really bothered us. On the cardboard casing for the first 10,000 printed there were two spelling errors on the back. Also, in one of the songs there is a volume error on one of the guitar parts. Im not sure how many noticed, but we couldnt even listen to the song we were so upset about the mistake.
Many of your songs are so hard and intense that I am sure they translate well into a live setting taking on a whole new life in front of a live audience. How does it make you feel when the emotion and power that you envisioned in the recording studio, come to life while playing in front of a crowd?
Its a great feeling going on stage every night. The songs are very fun to play and the crowd always has fun with us.
What are the upcoming plans for Born of Osiris?
We are going to be heading out with Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Unearth, and Hate Eternal for the end of this year. Next year we plan on heading out to Europe, Australia, Japan, and as many other places we can overseas.
How has MYSPACE and the internet impacted your band and do you think downloading helps or hinders the artists?
Myspace has definately pushed the music industry to a new level. Half the bands around these days probably wouldnt even have a career if it wasnt for Myspace. I think downloading helps spread the word very much. However kids are getting the music is up to them, hopefully if they enjoy it they at least support us by coming to the shows and picking up some merch.
What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?
The biggest thing we have to keep in mind is that no matter how rough or hard our day was, we still have to go on stage with a good attitude. We cant show any hardships on the stage. The kids dont know whats going on with you, all they see is your performance. That has to be the best it can be at all times.
What bands would you like to tour with and who has been your favorite to tour with this far? Any particular reason?
We would love to have been able to tour with Sikth before their end. It would be great to tour with Meshuggah too. There are many bands we’d love to tour with, but we have to keep in mind the kind of crowd we draw and how they’d react to tours that are too genre mixed.
Describe Born of Osiris in three words.
Epic, Progressive, Crushing? Haha or at least thats the slogan we see everywhere!
How do you think the recession is affecting musicians like yourself? Is it at all?
You can definately see a decrease in merch sales. Sometimes even expensive tours have a hard time drawing kids.
All of that passion that you play with must be tough on you physically. How do you prepare for the physical demands of a tour?
Some prepare more than others. Some work out and keep in better physical shape. Some practice and warm up more. It depends on if we’re in the bus or the van too. In the bus we eat healthier and feel much bettter on and off stage. In the van late at night its hard to find much more than gas station food or fast food. Definately a bummer!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Pick up A Higher Place and come have fun with us at a show near you!