Despite it gifting them their fourth-straight #1 Australian album, The Amity Affliction‘s Joel Birch says the response to the Queensland outfit’s last album, Misery, was “divisive”.
“I love it, but it was a divisive album,” Birch told host Neil Griffiths.
“I feel like people were asking us to change when we did (2016 album) This Could Be Heartbreak… and we said when we were recording Misery, we were like, I bet you the same fucking people that are like, ‘This sounds the same’ are gonna be like, ‘Oh my God, this is ridiculous, they’ve changed too much’ and it’s exactly what happened.”
The Amity Affliction returned with new music last week with the single, All My Friends Are Dead, which has received praise from critics and fans.
“I was just saying to our manager yesterday or the day before after finding out how well the new song has gone, I was like, ‘Isn’t this crazy?'” Birch said.
“This happens to bands all the time where they’ll record what they believe to be their best most authentic work and some people are just not about it.”
Listen to the full The Green Room episode with Birch on Spotify, Apple Podcasts (below) or SoundCloud.
The Amity Affliction kick off their east coast tour tonight in Sydney alongside Underoath, Crossfaith and Pagan; for more details, check out theGuide or scroll down.