Every Time I Die Singer Keith Buckley Remembers the Terrifying Moment That Led to 'Low Teens'

Buffalo's Southern-flavored metalcore pros Every Time I Die are back on Friday with Low Teens, their eighth studio album since debuting in 2001 with Last Night in Town. Frontman Keith Buckley had to walk through hell to get here, with his wife and unborn daughter hospitalized last December during a life-threatening pregnancy complication, followed by his first endeavor in sobriety and a crash course in writing truly personal lyrics for the first time ever. 

The 36-year-old Buckley spent a half-hour on the phone with Fuse, baby Zuzana crying in the background throughout. We talked about the Low Teens collaboration with Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie, relying on alcohol to interact with others, Buckley's novel and tons more.

Fuse: Happy album week. How are you feeling?
Keith Buckley: Um...I don't know. It's...I guess I'm excited. I tend to stay far away from the internet as soon as albums get released or any news breaks about tours, because it's just gonna make you question why you do anything at all. I'm excited just because it means that we get to start playing all this stuff live, which is kinda the silver lining.

How long has it been since you started avoiding the internet like that?
It's lasted for a long time. I don't remember any specific incident being a tipping point, but a thousand good comments are offset by one bad one. And this is just a really good record we should be proud of and it's gonna be great to play live. That's I guess really the only affirmation I'm after, is people coming out and singing along. I don't really try to busy myself with those people that will say nasty things that really hurt my feelings [laughs].