Otherwise’s Adrian Patrick Talks ‘Peace At All Costs,’ Recording in Las Vegas + More
Otherwise are seeing their star continue to grow with the release of 2014's Peace At All Costs album. Loudwire Nights host Full Metal Jackie recently had a chance to chat with frontman Adrian Patrick about the disc, where the title comes from and what it meant to be able to work with producing veteran David Bottrill. Check out the interview below.
Musically, there's a lot of diversity on Peace At All Costs. What makes it fit together and sound cohesive?
Thank you for even noticing that, Jackie. We were going for that. We're a band where we try to capture every emotion of the human condition. We're not always happy, sad or angry and we try to convey that in our songs. Each song has its own distinct vibe and unique identity. But because we were able to write the majority of this album together, as a unit, and at the same time all these songs are very focused. You can hear the common lineage throughout the entire album. I think we did a pretty good job of ... rock and roll is a roller coaster and we wanted our album to be the same way.
The title Peace At All Costs comes from your grandmother's philosophy. Personally, for you, is music a way to be aggressive while otherwise being peaceful?
It absolutely is. We kind of take that mantra, our grandmother's saying, it's a failed threat. Give us peace or we'll take it from you. Being on this journey, this quest, we're trying to use music to find inner peace. It's a way of expressing yourself in an aggressive way and "exorcising" the demons on stage every night and then kind of finding clarity through your performance and through just the message and that intense level of emotive.
Adrian, what's the biggest risk you face by allowing yourself to be vulnerable through the lyrics you sing?
I guess the biggest risk is, [laughs] people getting to know us, I guess. Complete strangers. It's pretty wild. You have people you don't know, they connect with the music on such a deep level and they start to feel like they know you. We're out every night and we're exposed to the general public. You meet a lot of quirky people sometimes. It can get kind of weird in moments. I guess that's part of the gig, it comes with the territory. On an artistic level, because we do try to have a diversity from song to song, we've been criticized of not having an identity by professionals in the industry. We got real heavy in some parts of a song and we get, like you said, we have vulnerable parts in our songs. That's just part of being human.
What do you enjoy most about the recording process, specifically the reasons for Peace At All Costs, working with David Bottrill.
Yeah, that's a good question. I love being in the studio. Especially this time around, we got to be in home in Las Vegas. We got to use our hometown and city as inspiration. One of the best parts of this process of making the record was working with David. He did the first three Tool albums. He did a Stone Sour double album. He's worked with Peter Gabriel for 20 years and Aaron Lewis, Godsmack. It's crazy, this guy has three Grammys. He was so down to earth, so accessible and so involved. He really helped us to find our voice, me as a vocalist especially. We did some new things with my voice and it was just ... the creative process with him was very easy and relaxed. He made us feel comfortable, despite his impressive resume. For a man of that level and talent, caliber, for him to want to work for us as a very new band, that was extremely flattering. He gave us the confidence to pull it off. His suggestions in each song were sometimes very subtle, but they made all the difference by adding to that dynamic of the tune and helping it find its personality. Working with David was an absolute pleasure and hopefully we get to do it again some day.
What was the biggest distraction to your creativity while recording in Las Vegas and how do you counteract that?
The biggest distraction, for the most part, we felt very focused. When we're in the studio we weren't partying too much. The biggest distraction, because we're at home, and it is Las Vegas, people come into town and they want to come to the studio. We love doing that but it sometimes can be a distraction. It is a tourist destination, so it's hard to sometimes tell people, 'Well, we have to back at the studio in the morning. I can't really go out tonight and go party with you on the strip.' We did a pretty good job of staying disciplined and not letting the many vices of our hometown get to us while we were recording this album. [laughs]
Otherwise really persevered to break out of the Las Vegas scene and get signed. How has that strength and perseverance benefited you as a band on a larger, national level?
It's serving as an inspiration, I think, to our growing fan base. Whether you like our band or not, it doesn't really matter to us. As long as you can see that we are an example of not giving up on yourself and not giving up on what you believe in. We've had so many obstacles thrown in front of us, major ones at that. Not just your everyday logistical, oh the twisted music industry melodrama. We've had life events, tragedies, happen to us for whatever reason. We take those dark moments and it makes us stronger. We want that to be a shining beacon for people who are going through darkness. We want them to know there is hope, there is light and they're not alone. I think because of the experiences we've had, we're able to connect with people on a very visceral level. We play every night on stage like it's going to be our last show. People can see that. Every night, whether we feel like we did a good job or not, without fail, the fans are like, 'I was blown away by you guys. The emotion, the power.' It's quite flattering. For us, we're proud of the fact that we can take something sad and tragic and focus that energy and use it for something positive.
Thanks to Otherwise's Adrian Patrick for the interview. Peace at All Costs is currently available at Amazon and iTunes. And you can look for the band on tour at these locations. Tune in to Loudwire Nights With Full Metal Jackie and Tony LaBrie Monday through Friday 7PM through midnight online or on the radio. To see which stations and websites air ‘Loudwire Nights,’ click here.