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Q&A Extra: Spencer Chamberlain

Andrew Kelham
Andrew Kelham 27 March 2009 at 14.20

Underoath frontman Spencer Chamberlain tells Rock Sound about his life.

In the latest issue of Rock Sound, Underoath frontman Spencer Chamberlain talks openly about his battle with drug dependency, check out more from our interview with the man in this online extra:

Were you a good student in school?

''Not particularly, it depended on the subject matter. Stuff that was not interesting to me I did not care about, I had an appalling attention span. I had some learning disabilities and they did not know what was wrong with me, when I was interested I was fine, English I aced, but when I was not it was trouble.''

What was wrong with you?

''I have no idea what it was.''

Did they send you off for tests?

''Yeah I did all that stuff. They sent me off to a behaviour specialist when I was 7 or 8 years old. I do remember them showing me the black and white picture things and asking me to interpret them.''

Sure they made some big conclusions based on that. So you finished school, why no college?

''By the time I was 12 I had played my first sold out show in a band with my older brother and his friends. I graduated High School and we left South Carolina and moved to Florida so we could start full time touring rather than just playing weekend shows.''

How were your parents with that?

''They hated it when I missed school for shows. It did not happen a lot but it happened enough for me to get in trouble for it.''

Were you homeless when you first moved to Florida?

''Yeah. Me, my brother and his best friend moved to Florida as his parents lived there. We moved there so we could tour all the time as his dad owned a construction business and when we weren’t on tour we could work there and get money. We slept on his parent’s floor and they had two other kids who were at high school so it was kind of weird that we would just be crashing at their house. That band was called This Runs Through and when we broke up and I joined Underoath I still had to crash on their floor for about a year as we were not making any money. We would be gone a lot and then I would show up and walk through the door and they would accept me back in for a few weeks. I did not have my own address in Florida until I was 22.''

Do you think people expect Underoath to be a more profitable enterprise?

''Absolutely. 'They're Only Chasing Safety' was the first time this band ever made money. That was the point where we stopped sleeping on peoples floors between tours and barely eating.''



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