Interview || The one with Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail

Senses Fail released their seventh studio album, "If There's A Light, It Will Find you", a few months ago. As the band is preparing for the final cross-country run of Warped tour, we had a quick chat with vocalist Buddy Nielsen to discuss the reception of the album and Warped tour memories.

U: Let’s start with the most boring but mandatory question. “If There’s A Light, It Will Find You” was released on February 16th. How has the reception been so far?
Buddy Niesen: Honestly it's exceeded our expectations. It is always a curious thing to release music so far into your career but this record has been our most successful in about 10 years. 

U: This a grown up album, touching on adult topics, and one thing I’ve noticed is that people, especially older fans, have a hard time accepting the fact that you aren’t in your 20s anymore and that your music is growing and evolving with you. What is your view on that?
B.N.: I can't control getting older and changing, it is something that none of us have control over. As we've grown and changed so has our music. We hope that we grow alongside our fans and in most cases we have. 

U: Senses Fail’s sound remains very youthful. After all these years, what is it that sparks your creativity?
B.N.: Life is so filled with experiences that I don't think I will ever lose the spark to create. With age as come a perspective that I didn't have when I was younger and I am able to write from a different view point. I think have children and watching them grow also keeps you young. 

U: You were announced as guests on the final run of Warped tour. Having played Warped before, what are your thoughts on the festival coming to an end?
B.N.: It is sad to see if go but I think it is time. It is a generational festival and I think that time has passed. I hope that they still do stand alone festivals. 

U: Do you have a favorite memory from Warped tour?
B.N.: Probably playing during a thunder storm in Dallas in 2006. I have so many memories from warped tour because I have done 6 of them. It was almost like a university experience for me. I grew up on the tour. 

U: If you were a member of the Spice Girls, what would be your Spice name? 
B.N.: Jersey Spice

U: What is an album you can listen to without skipping a song?
B.N.: Jets to Brazil - Orange Rhyming Dictionary

U: Your house is on fire and you only have time to grab 3 items before you run away (pets and family are safe). What do you take?
B.N.: Passport, old photos and computer

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U: If you could have a 1-minute phone conversation with a younger you, what age would you call and what would you tell yourself? 
B.N.: I would call right after my Grandma died and console myself and speak about how life will ultimately get better and I will come to terms with the anxiety and depression I was dealing with. A lot of who I was and pain I dealt with over the last 10 years was centered around her death. 

U: What is the best tour prank you’ve ever pulled?
B.N.: We put human shit in a box and labeled it "Cookies" and left it outside Hidden In Plainview's bus. 

U: If you woke up one day in the opposite gender’s body, what would be your first reaction?
B.N.: If I woke up as a woman, I think I would feel scared because I would have to take on the fear of worrying about men and their unwanted advances and general sexist bullshit. 

U: What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever done?
B.N.: Kicked our guitar player, Heath, in the balls to get his attention. 

U: 5 albums that changed your life
Saves The Day - "Through Being Cool"
Jets to Brazil - "Orange Rhyming Dictionary"
Thursday -"Full Collapse"
Metallica - "Master Of Puppets"
Bad Religion - "Stranger Than Fiction"
MXPX - "Life In General"

U: What do you want the band’s legacy to be?
B.N.: That we put all of ourselves into our music and lyrically were able to help guide people and be there in their times of need. 

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