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Bio: Between the Buried and Me

What if dreams could be broadcast for the purpose of entertainment? Could you consume the
innermost thoughts of another person on screen? If you could, what does that say about an
attention-starved audience? More importantly, what would become of the dreamer?
Between The Buried and Me pose those questions and more on their two-part eighth full-
length and introductory offering for Sumerian Records, Automata. The North Carolina
quintet—Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. [lead vocals, keyboards], Paul Waggoner [lead and rhythm
guitar, backing and lead vocals], Dustie Waring [rhythm and lead guitar], Blake Richardson
[drums], and Dan Briggs [bass, keyboards]—explore these themes by personally smashing
boundaries once again. Automata marks the band’s first proper double LP-spanning concept. It
sees them venture into new territory with visual accompaniment for the entire body of work.
Moreover, they continue to expand their ever-evolving style, upholding a tradition of
progression in the process.


“We never want to repeat ourselves,” affirms Paul. “We’re always trying to do something
different, and this album fell right into that sort of pattern. We push ourselves into new places,
while retaining our basic sound. Musically, we go somewhere that’s fun and challenging. We
never know how it’s going to turn out. These are uncharted waters for us. We’ve never taken
on a visual capacity of this magnitude. We’ve never written an entire piece and presented it in
separate parts like this.”


Tommy agrees, “This many years into our career, we want to continue doing things differently.”
This approach cemented the group as progressive music’s most unpredictable outlier since its
formation in 2000. Among many milestones, they released 2007’s watershed Colors followed by
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues EP in 2011 and The Parallax II: Future Sequence a year later.
2015 saw Coma Ecliptic elevate them to new heights yet again. Not only did it bow at #12 on
the Billboard Top 200 (a career high for the band), but it also garnered widespread acclaim from
Noisey, Revolver, Alternative Press, and The Guardian who welcomed the album with a rare
perfect score. In between, they launched countless sold out headline tours and support runs
with the likes of Mastodon.


Now, they break more ground with Automata.


“Lyrically, I wanted to write something that I treated as a puzzle until it comes together at the
end,” continues Tommy. “For as deep and dark as it is, there’s a positive outcome, which we’ve
never had. The story follow a protagonist whose dreams are used as entertainment
broadcasted by a company called Voice of Trespass. Most of the record takes place within that
dream. The character thinks it’s all real.”


“Even though it takes place in the future, there are a lot of parallels to modern society,” adds
Paul. “Oftentimes, we turn athletes, movie stars, and musicians into commodities. We forget
that they’re real people with problems and issues. They’re society’s escape from reality as we
use them for entertainment. Hence, society plays a role in their downfall, be it drug dependence, isolation, or even suicide. Society perpetuates mental illness with those expectations.”

Automata – Part I unveils the first six songs comprising the entire body of work. Stretching near
seven minutes, “Condemned to the Gallows” kicks off this journey. Acoustic guitar builds in epic
fashion before sweeping distortion takes hold followed by unpredictable rhythms and a seismic
vocal performance which, as Tommy puts it, “sets up the whole story.”
Elsewhere, the trudging eight-minute guitar symphony of “Yellow Eyes” spirals into the melodic
bliss of “Millions.”


“There are a lot of moments where we totally venture away from the traditional formula of
what a progressive metal band can do,” states Dan. “There are all these little moments where
we’ve done something we never did before. ‘Millions’ is the perfect example. It’s four-minutes
of straight melody—another first.”


With Automata Part I, Part II, and the myriad of visuals on the horizon, Between The Buried
And Me realize their potential to its fullest—and go one step further.
“All of our music should build up to the newest record,” Tommy leaves off. “That’s what
happens with Automata. You can take little snippets from our past throughout this album. It
sounds like Between The Buried And Me, but it’s still new. We hope to keep the music industry
on its toes. This is part of doing that.”

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