Between the Buried and Me’s Paul Waggoner talks about not playing older songs

Posted by on June 11, 2014

Between the Buried and Me have been pretty busy this month, as they’ve been touring with Meshuggah. During a recent interview with Heavy Blog is Heavy, guitarist Paul Waggoner upset a lot of fans by saying the band would not be playing any songs released before their Colors album. To further elaborate on this issue, the band took to their Facebook page and said,

“To clear up any recent news posts… We are an active band and we continue to write new music. As this happens, older material begins to become less relevant to what we are currently doing. If you’ve seen us multiple times over the last 4 or 5 years, you’ve probably noticed that we only play two or three pre-Colors songs. Those few songs are fan favorites and I’m sure we will still bust them out from time to time. Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear “Mordecai” or “Selkies” on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play “Naked By the Computer” or “Destructo Spin,” you may have to wait until our reunion tour.”

It makes sense. Metal Sucks summed up our feelings about it in an op-ed piece earlier today. While a band should want to satisfy their fans, they also have to satisfy themselves. If you’re a die-hard fan of a band, you’ve probably got a pretty good bullshit detector as to whether they’re phoning it in. It stands to reason they’ll be more proud of their newer material, and when you’re talking about a band like BTBAM, their music has progressed much farther than their earlier material. You can’t expect them to want to dwell on the past, especially if they’ve garnered much of their newer audiences in the past few years.


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