The band's name is derived from a section of lyrics in Counting Crows’ song "Ghost Train": "Took the cannonball down to the ocean/Across the desert from the sea to shining sea/I rode a ladder that climbed across the nation/Fifty million feet of earth between the buried and me".
The band was founded in early 2001 in Raleigh, North Carolina by vocalist Tommy Rogers, guitarist Paul Waggoner, drummer Will Goodyear, guitarist Nick Fletcher (formerly Empire Falls), and bassist Jason King.
Between the Buried and Me's first release was a three-song demo, containing the tracks "Use of a Weapon," "What We Have Become," and "More of Myself to Kill." These three tracks were re-recorded for the band's first full-length album, Between the Buried and Me, released on Lifeforce Records in 2002. Musical style varied, with hints of death metal, grindcore, indie, and thrash metal. This album includes the track "Arsonist," a protest against the beliefs and practices of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. The song "Aspirations" became the band's first music video. This album is not widely known and the tracks are rarely played live, but it did get the attention of Victory Records, to which they later signed. Victory Records reissued the album in 2004 as an enhanced CD.
In 2003, the band released their second studio album, The Silent Circus, featuring the singles "Mordecai", "Aesthetic", and "Camilla Rhodes". "Mordecai" was produced as their second music video. The album was re-released in 2006 with a live DVD of the band's performance at The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on July 17, 2005. Mark Castillo played drums on The Silent Circus replacing Will Goodyear however, on the live DVD Blake Richardson, Dustie Waring, and Dan Briggs had already joined the band and recording for Alaska was already finished.
In the summer of 2005, Between the Buried and Me released their third studio album, Alaska. The title track "Alaska" became their third music video. This release included the singles "Selkies: The Endless Obssession", "The Primer", and "Backwards Marathon". On this album the band shows their musical prowess, the last track on the CD "Laser Speed" mixes salsa with a conglomeration of traditional jazz and free form bossa nova.
In 2006, the band released The Anatomy Of..., a collection of covers of bands that influenced Between the Buried and Me, including Metallica, King Crimson, Pantera, Queen, Pink Floyd, Earth Crisis, Counting Crows, and Blind Melon.
In September 2007, the band released their fourth studio album, Colors. The band has said that "it's a 65 minute opus of non stop pummeling beautiful music... we have described this release as 'new wave polka grunge.'" On their website, they have also described it as "adult contemporary progressive death metal."
On May 31, The group went into the studio to record their fifth original album The Great Misdirect. They have described one song as having "a noisy Coalesce breakdown, 3/4 Mastodon groove, 9/8 The Mars Volta, Queen chromatic build up, and Megadeth chorus". Tommy Rogers has stated they plan to 'out do Colors'. The Great Misdirect is scheduled for release on October 27.
Style and influence
Their sound incorporates many different musical styles: "One minute the band may be playing thrash metal and the next they're flowing into death metal growls and thick guitar riffs... the metal take on things can seemingly change in a flash as lead singer Tommy Rogers fleshes out his vocals and utilizes the keyboards to create something that sounds more like it should be on a Smashing Pumpkins album". On their covers album, The Anatomy Of, the band pays tribute to many of their diverse influences, including King Crimson, Soundgarden, Pantera, Pink Floyd, Earth Crisis, Dream Theater and Smashing Pumpkins.
In early 2006, Between the Buried and Me was on tour supporting Bleeding Through along with Every Time I Die and Haste The Day. They were also on the Ozzfest 2006 Second Stage alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, Atreyu, Unearth, Bleeding Through, Strapping Young Lad, Walls of Jericho, Norma Jean, A Life Once Lost, The Red Chord, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos, and Bad Acid Trip.
Between the Buried and Me has also been on tour with DragonForce, Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder, From a Second Story Window, Cephalic Carnage, The Red Chord, The Acacia Strain, Bleeding Through, Misery Signals, Every Time I Die, and Haste the Day.
In late 2006, they were on the Radio Rebellion Tour headlined by Norma Jean.
In September 2007, after the release of Colors, the band went on tour with Animosity and HORSE the band. Giant also supported their shows in the USA. They began the tour with The End, but left due to the sudden departure from the band by guitarist Andrew Hercules. The run concluded with their November 4 appearance at the Saints and Sinners Fest in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
- Tommy Rogers - vocals/keyboards (Prayer for Cleansing, Undying, Giles, From Here On)
- Paul Waggoner - guitar (Prayer for Cleansing, Undying From Here On)
- Dustie Waring - guitar (Glass Casket)
- Blake Richardson - drums/percussion (Glass Casket)
- Dan Briggs - bass guitar (Orbs, Espinaca, Nemo, MFWC)
- Will Goodyear - drums/percussion/clean vocals (Voids, Prayer for Cleansing, Lobbyist, hopesfall )
- Nicholas Shawn Fletcher - guitar (Azazel)
- Jason Schofield King - bass (Azazel, Nola)
- Mark Edward Castillo - drums/percussion (Bury Your Dead)
- Shane Blay - guitar (Oh, Sleeper, Evelynn)
- Jason Roe - drums/percussion (Evelynn, Mauled by a Cougar)
- Tommy Rogers has an electronic side project called Giles. A music video single can be seen on the Silent Circus DVD.
- Tommy Rogers and Jacob Troth run a clothing line named Jacob Rogers.
Biography from Wikipedia