Avion Roe have been active for the better part of this decade but have finally begun to pick up some serious steam after signing to Epitaph Records last year and releasing their newest record In Separation over the summer. After a successful stint on this year’s Vans Warped Tour, the band is now set to tour with acts such as Slaves and Assuming We Survive in the fall. I had a chance to talk to the band about In Separation, nerves and anxieties surrounding the record, growing as a band, and much more
“I think the success of the album hinges less on other people’s perceptions and more of the emotional release that it gave us” – Evan Couture
For Fans Of: Sleeping With Sirens, Emarosa, Hands Like Houses
By James Boss
Babetalk: What is your name and what do you do in Avion Roe?
Evan: My name is Evan and I sing in Avion Roe.
Jordan: My name is Jordan and I play guitar in Avion Roe.
BT: You guys released your newest record In Separation this summer via Epitaph Records. How has the reception been towards it so far?
Jordan: It’s been incredibly positive.
Evan: It’s been phenomenal. To be able to be on the road when you have a record comes out and have people show up every day and already know all the words to the songs is an incredible feeling. It’s been amazing.
BT: What was the recording process for the record like?
Evan: It was very unorthodox. We spent about two years writing that record. We wrote a lot of songs, probably about 30.
Jordan: I think we scrapped the whole record at one point.
Evan: After we had written them, Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens got wind of our band and I had sent him a couple of songs. He loved it and put it in the ears of Brett Gurewitz, who runs Epitaph Records. He loved it and told us that he didn’t want us to change anything; he only wanted us to go in with Kris Crummet and clean some parts up. We were able to get into the studio with Kris and we finished the record with him. It’s been a whirlwind of a ride ever since.
BT: Since it was a long process, was there any anxiety before releasing the record or during the process because of how long it took?
Jordan: Oh yeah. There were nights I would stay up thinking “Oh God, I hope people like this record.” You put so much heart into it and we did so much of it ourselves. We were proud of it but we wanted people to love it the way we saw it. Thankfully it’s been that way so far.
Evan: For me personally, there weren’t any nerves or anxiety, which is weird because I thought there would be. I was so happy with what we made that it already felt like a success. When you create art that is real and from your heart, it’s already successful. Whether people get it or not is a byproduct of that art. I hope people understand it but if they don’t, it’s still perfect to me. It’s still the album we wanted to make. I think the success of the album hinges less on other people’s perceptions and more of the emotional release that it gave us.
BT: What were some of your lyrical inspirations on this record?
Evan: Robert Smith from The Cure is one of my favorite lyricists of all time. He had a big influence on some of the songs, particularly “June” and “Jettison Tears.” I’ve always loved Kurt Cobain’s lyrics. I just try to broaden our horizon as a band by writing lyrics that are very metaphorical and at times the opposite of that. There’s a song in particular called “Mother Of Millions” that is black and white. I think anyone can hear it and understand the point of the song.
BT: Were there any events that influenced the writing of In Separation?
Evan: Our drummer had a child since the conception of our band. When he became a father it felt like we all became a father in a way. To see him grow up kind of forced us all to grow up a little bit. All of that together not only influenced us a little bit, but probably made the record a little bit.
BT: What was different about recording this record compared to past material?
Evan: One of the big things for this record was that Jordan did a lot of programming on In Separation.
Jordan: Back around 2011 I started to pick up programming and while there was a decent amount of that on The Art Of Fiction, we never really completely dove into it. We decided to give it a shot on this record and try to take those influences and make it a unique thing. It fell into place the way it was supposed to.
BT: How would you guys say you have evolved as a band since your formation?
Evan: I think the biggest thing would be to highlight the fact that we found ourselves as the people we would be for the rest of our lives. The music fell into place because of that.
BT: Do you have any advice for musicians that are starting out?
Evan: Just persevere. If you really truly love it, go do it. It’s a very simple message.
BT: Is there an overall message you want people to take away from your music?
Evan: Honestly I would say the same thing. Just persevere. No matter what you are going through in life, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. It gets better.
Jordan: Our band has been dealt a lot of obstacles and I would say our band is a good example of a band who preserved and refused to quit. We overcame the tests that were thrown in front of us. That is the message we hope people can take away from us, perseverance.
BT: What is next for Avion Roe?
Evan: We are going on tour with Slaves in October and Assuming We Survive in November. Come out to a show!
BT: Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything else you would like to say?
Evan: To the people that have been coming out to the shows and have been listening to the record, thank you guys so much.
Last modified: September 22, 2016