Beau Burchell from SAOSIN talks Australian tour and 20 years of ‘Translating the Name’

US post hardcore icons, Saosin will return to Australia for the first time in 13 years for a national headline tour in March, 2023!

Fronted by their original vocalist, Anthony Green, the band will be playing bangers from all of their highly influential albums, 2006’s self titled, 2009’s In Search Of Solid Ground and 2016’s Along The Shadow and from their groundbreaking EP’s including their debut, 2003’s Translating The NameSongs such as You’re Not Alone, Voices, Seven Years and Collapse which have all racked up well over 10 million spins each and helped define a sub-genre.

With their first tour of Australia in over a decade kicking off next week, the Benjamin Coe from the Everblack team sat down with Saosin guitarist Beau Burchell to talk about 20 years of being a band, how he preps for a tour and what the future holds for the band.

20 years since the release of Translating the Name! And that EP still holds up to this day. Did you think when you released it that you’d be where you are now?

‘Absolutely not.  At that point in my life I was just entering my 20s, and like most 20 yr olds around me, I wasn’t concerned with anything farther in the future than MAYBE 6 months.  That being said, I am very happy with the space we exist in now. ‘ 

What have been some highlights of the last 20 years of Saosin? 

‘Wow, way too many to recall.  Getting to play with NIN at an 85k stadium in Japan, Opening for Muse and Rise Against. Visiting countries all over the world, and of course all the amazing friendships I’ve made through it all.’

What do you do when you’re not writing and performing with Saosin?

We all have our own successful careers.  I produce and mix albums year round, and that keeps me quite busy.  Chris is an accomplished cinematographer and photographer.  Phil has a huge amount of success with his band As I Lay Dying, and of course Anthony has his own successful career as a solo artist. 

It’s been quite a while since you were down under. What are you most looking forward to out of the tour and these shows?

I’m really looking forward to seeing some old friends. Along with that, experiencing all the new specialty coffees, and of course the typical tourist attractions like koalas and kangaroos, (my kids will love to see a photo of me holding a koala) I think we are also planning on doing some mountain biking a few days while we are here.  Both Chris and I mountain bike a lot at home.

How do you prepare yourself for an international tour? Or any tour for that matter…

Because we all have careers that involve work for clients, the clients usually have deadlines that line up with the exact dates we have to leave for a tour. (Murphy’s law) so that usually means I’m cramming to finish mixing an album so I can get a few days of rehearsals in before we leave.  I usually stream my guitar rehearsals on Twitch, so it can simulate the stress / pressure of people staring at me, like it was a concert.I find that it’s much more effective at accelerating the process. But it’s really all muscle memory at this point.  I’ve been playing these songs for so long, it all comes back very quickly, and then I’m ready to perform.

Do you have any backstage “rituals” that you do before taking the stage?

Phil and I like to warm up by playing the songs with little practice amps backstage, then we like to do Wim Hoff breathing and pushups.  Chris is our Wim Hoff breathing guru.

Any plans in the near future for some new music or are you just focusing on the 20 year celebrations at this point?

I’ve got about 30 or so songs written and sitting in the drop box waiting for vocals.  But right now we are just focusing on the shows.  With all of our separate careers, things move much slower with us.  Saosin is kind of like a passion project for us.  We only do it when the stars align and it feels right to us.  This keeps things honest and enjoyable for us.  We do it because we love it, not because we need to meet a quota or something like that.

What’s your favourite piece of music that you’ve written?

Thats really hard to say.  I enjoy almost every song we have ever released.  It’s kind of like picking a favorite child, it would be too difficult.  Every song fulfills a different thing for me when I listen to them or play them.  

What does the future hold for Saosin?

It’s too hard to say.  I’d love to do another album.  I’d love to do a live in studio performance, where we play all the songs with cameras on all the gear and everything.. a total nerd out video that shows way more detail than necessary.  It’s just something I’ve wanted to do for a while.  But when the stars align, we will be ready. 🙂

Don’t miss Saosin’s first ever headline shows in Australia and their first here since 2010!

Thursday, March 9: Croxton Bandroom , Melbourne
Friday, March 10: Metro Theatre, Sydney 
Saturday, March 11: The Triffid, Brisbane 
Sunday, March 12: Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide
Tuesday, March 14: Amplifier Bar, Perth 

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