letlive. popped up at the tail end of 2010 with their third album, Fake History. It blew the socks off a lot of people. We interviewed Jason a couple of years ago via email and he sent us back some of the most hilariously ridiculous answers we’d ever seen. This time, there was no hiding behind a keyboard for him. Last night, the internet was awash with the slightly unwieldy hashtag #theblackestbeautiful. There were enigmatic photos posted from the likes of Every Time I Die and Pierce The Veil as well as friends, family and influential industry folk. letlive. have begun the marketing campaign for their new album in earnest and there is almost no doubt that The Blackest Beautiful is going to be the album everyone’s going to be talking about for the next couple of months so we sat the wily frontman down to talk about the new album.
jason aalon butler
April 27th, 2011
You do the Guardian crossword every day to further your vocabulary and worldliness and for what? So that some punk called Jason Butler can rip the piss out of your over-elaborate lexis? Yeah, apparently so. It’s ok though, because he sings in letlive. – one of the most exciting bands to have emerged of late. We’ll let him off as long as teaches us how to backflip…
Why did you decide to stylise the band name so? Lowercase name and fullstop at the end. It is a curious act for a band to pointedly punctuate their name after all.
Already I can sense contemporary character in your formal speech by observing the presentation of the first question. For this I would like to say ‘thank you’. I’ve already digressed, and it’s only question one. Perhaps my parents should have considered that mystery medication the pharmaceutical companies tried to suggest. You know, the one that has proven only to further actuate the initial issue of attention deficit it was prescribed to remedy in the first place. I believe it was called Methylphenidate. More affectionately known as Ritalin.
…almost forgot about the topic. Which was…