EVERY TIME I DIE is a loud rock institution committed to leaving every nuanced outpouring of chaotic passion and blissful malcontent all over their records and on the stage. With boiling charisma and unrelenting energy to spare, the Buffalo band manages not one but two near-impossible tasks. They’ve survived two decades as an underground entity cherished for coloring outside the lines, and contrary to most career arcs, continually improving with each successive album as they charge ahead.
ETID makes a glorious hardcore-punk noise, alchemized by a swampy summoning of Southern rock’s coarse poetry. The music swirls beneath sardonic and clever wordplay, a combination cementing them as leaders, not followers. The band is recognized and revered for its anarchic explosiveness, artistic impulsiveness, and approachable camaraderie. It’s all interwoven with a visceral lack of the usual fucks. Revolver counted 2016’s Low Teens among the 25 Best Albums of the 2010s, and the follow-up, Radical, is no less revelatory. Once again produced by Will Putney (A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside, Body Count), Radical is 16 tracks of peak-ETID, including raucous new anthems like “Post-Boredom,” “Planet Shit,” “A Colossal Wreck,” “Desperate Pleasures,” and “AWOL.”
Metal Hammer describes ETID as “one of the best live bands that you will ever see.” The diverse nature of their touring partners in recent years speaks volumes about their unique appeal: Fall Out Boy and Machine Gun Kelly; Coheed And Cambria and Mastodon. They’re Brendon Urie’s favorite band (the Panic! At The Disco singer even has an ETID tattoo) and dominated Ozzfest at the touring festival’s peak. The fivesome’s ability to thrive in disparate environments and the diversity of their following is a direct result of a steadfast focus on creative authenticity and resistance to outside forces.