Texas hardcore band, Everyone Dies in Utah, just released their latest self-titled album that serves as the anthem for iconoclasm. Through morphing breakneck brutality with entrancing melody, Everyone Dies in Utah has created a sound that is distinct and elite in the ever-broadening world of hardcore music. I caught up with the guys to discuss their upcoming tour, what’s in store for the future, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Everyone Dies in Utah?
My name is Danny I’m the vocalist for EDIU, the whole band includes: Trey Golden – Keyboards, Synth Daniel Tharp – Bass Keaton Smith – Guitar Nathan Chase-Meadows – Drums Cameron Easter – Guitar
Congrats on the release of your self-titled studio album release. Fill us in about the recording process this time around.
We had a blast recording this album, we recorded at Capital House Studio in Ohio with Nick Ingram. For me, when it comes to recording vocals, its much easier when you have someone you can work easily with and it came pretty natural with Ingram. I feel like he really helped me find my voice in the album.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Oh man I really love all my tattoos. But if I had to choose one it would be the traditional style lion on my shoulder/arm that was done by Per Simmons of Lucky In Love Tattoo. I still have to go get it colored in sometime soon but even halfway finished I love that piece!
You just hit the road with Convictions, Glass Houses and Conspire. What a lineup. If you could compare the energy that you bring to the stage to the characteristics of a wild animal, which wild animal would you choose and why?
Probably a Honey Badger. Because they’re crazy and they don’t give a shit. Just like us, we don’t give a shit if there’s 5 people or 5000 people at our show we give every show our all!
What is the story behind the name of your band, ‘Everyone Dies in Utah’?
Well, we signed up for a show and didn’t have a name to give the promoter so we looked to a school history textbook for a name and someone saw that Utah had the highest death rate in America at some point in time and said, “man everyone dies in Utah”. We all kind of had AHA moment and gave them that as the name and here we are about 8 years later.
You guys have successfully melded breakneck brutality with entrancing melody. Was this a conscious decision ever since the band formed or has this sound developed over time?
It was more of just writing what we liked/felt. We didn’t start as a band with a sight set on a particular sound it was definitely something that just evolved into what it is now.
What key facets do you perceive elevates a live show from good to incredible?
I think a good flowing setlist for starters, including all the bangers that everyone loves. Then just bringing the energy. A lot of bands rely on the crowd to give them energy and I do agree when you have an energetic crowd it makes acting crazier easier but I try to bring the energy myself and hope people will feed off that.
If you could tour the world for six months with two other musicians/bands, who would you choose and why?
Enter Shikari, I’ve been a HUGE fan of theirs for years! They were a big influence for me personally and they put on such great shows live! The other would be Lil Dicky, it’s time to cross these genres and the whole band has been jamming his record all tour!
Where do you foresee Everyone Dies in Utah five years from now?
Man, hopefully on covers of magazines and on major world tours!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Please if you haven’t yet go buy our newest self titled album, you won’t be disappointed and we hope to see you guys at a show or two! Oh and don’t forget, never put Twinkies on your pizza!