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letlive. Vocalist Jason Aalon Butler: “I Spent A Big Part Of My Life Searching For An Identity”

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 19 January 2016 at 17.06

The album is coming.



letlive. will release an album this year, so we figured it was time to chat with vocalist Jason Aalon Butler about what 'If I'm The Devil...' will be about.

YOU’VE BEEN VERY OUTSPOKEN IN RECENT TIMES ABOUT THE POLICE, PARTICULARLY IN AMERICA, AND HOW THEY CONDUCT THEMSELVES. IS THAT SUBJECT IN PARTICULAR PRESENT ON THIS ALBUM?
Says Jason Aalon Butler [vocals]: "Hugely so. I spent a big part of my life searching for an identity, with my mother being a caucasian woman from Scotland and my father being an African-American male, but in America I feel as though I’ve often been regarded as just one thing. I feel that as a result there are certain things I haven’t been afforded, on various levels, and I’ve come to realise that if I want to change that I need to be more active.

"Even away from my own situation there are so many wrongs right now, from police force to the dispatching of law enforcement authorities to situations that they have no business meddling in. For example, you shouldn’t dispatch police officers, people who are trained to use force, to deal with people who are having mental or psychological issues. They have no business there, because they will only use aggression, first and foremost. When that happens, shit tends to go bad and we are seeing a lot of that in America right now. We have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither let it go nor keep hold of it safely, and that outlook definitely features very strongly throughout this record."


DOES THE SOUND OF THESE SONGS REFLECT THAT LYRICAL FRUSTRATION?
"Well it’s a letlive. record, so obviously there’s always going to be an element of aggression and rock ’n’ roll present, but there is a lot of new stuff going on musically. There are elements of new wave, as well as some really dark hip-hop and soul influences, and even some indie references. We’ve always mixed things up and experimented, and this record is no different."

You can read all about the new letlive. album and what the band have planned for 2016 in our latest issue.

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