Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me are making a stop in Arizona before heading out to support Meshuggah for its 25 Years of Deviance tour.
Although we don't get to see the band play with Meshuggah, Between the Buried and Me is coming to Arizona on a strong headlining run with Trioscapes, along with support from local bands Animus Complex and Kardashev.
A little fun fact is that Dan Briggs, bassist for Between the Buried and Me, also plays bass in Trioscapes.
"I'm on stage for, you know, over two hours at these shows. Last night was not so bad, but I was definitely dead afterwards," Briggs says. "It was a good opportunity for Trioscapes. For Between the Buried and Me, we always love having interesting and different bands on the road with us."
While it may seem like a long night of music for him, Between the Buried and Me are known for long sets, and more importantly, its long songs. It's uncommon to see the band play a set shorter than an hour. And where an average band could fit 12 songs in that time, Between the Buried and Me can get five or six.
The headlining run this time around features a set that's only one song longer (which is 15 minutes long), but the band didn't feel they needed to play beyond what was necessary.
"I think we were OK with the material we prepped with Meshuggah," Briggs says. "I think we're taking it a little easy with the last tour of this record [The Parallax II: Future Sequence]. But it's good, it's still fun."
According to Briggs, the Meshuggah tour was never really in the cards for them. Having just filmed a new DVD, he says the band was ready to record new material over the summer.
The direction for the new DVD has a much different take on traditional ones other bands have done, like the band's previous one, Colors Live. The new DVD sees the band play the latest album all the way through in a studio setting.
"On the road we kind of had a way larger than life production than we've ever had, with video, synched up lights and all kinds of stuff," Briggs says. "I think in a direct response to that we kind of wanted to scale back a lot on the DVD and do a more intimate portrait of the band."
Briggs suspects that the DVD will see a late fall release date around October or November, during which the band will be heavily focused on writing a new record for 2015.
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