Interview – Spencer Chamberlain

Spencer Chamberlain is perhaps best well known for being the frontman of Underoath but he has also recently announced a new solo project called slo/tide. I was interested to hear more about his new project so decided to find out more.

Interview by Jane Howkins

Photo by Dan Newman

You’ve recently announced a new solo project, called slo/tide. How did that come about and why did you decide to start a new project now?

Well I constantly write and work on music outside of Underoath, when I work alone the music I tend to write is WAY different than the UO material and I was kind of sick of just keeping the music to myself. Underoath has reached a point where less is more so that leaves me with a lot of spare time.

Why did you decide to release the project under the title slo/tide, instead of under your own name? Would you consider releasing music under your name in future?

This is my solo project name, I don’t know I just like project names better than just using someone’s full name.  Just speaking personally I’d rather wear a Tame Impala shirt than a Kevin Parker shirt hahaha but yeah I didn’t put too much thought into keeping it Spencer Chamberlain, I think my name is also too long haha.

How does the music compare to the music you make in Underoath?

I think as far as ‘rock’ goes it’s opposite. I love music of all genres, I’ve never been just a ‘metal/hard music’ guy, a good song is a good song no matter the genre.  So for me I love to write different styles and use different parts of my brain and express different emotions lyrically.  This is all the stuff I wanna hear outside of the heavy music world, I’m a big pop and alt/indie rock fan so I just wanted to write a record full of music I’d wanna listen to. 

Do you have any plans to release an album anytime soon?

I finished the entire slo/tide record by the end of March, now it’s just a matter of time after I drop a handful of singles before I put the entire album out sometime in 2022.

You’ve recently released your debut single titled Neck High. What can you tell us about the track?

This is the album opener, it’s more upbeat and kind of showcases a good picture of what you might expect from the album (even though I’m sure some songs will catch you off guard when you hear the entire thing).

I just thought this song had a great vibe to start the journey off with, and it’s a bit of a hopeful song lyrically speaking.

Do you have any more singles planned for release soon?

Yes and I can’t tell you when other than keep your eyes on the slo/tide  socials! @slotideband 

Do you have any tour dates planned for slo/tide?

Not yet, being that I’ve only dropped one song but that is for sure in my plans for the next year.

What can people expect from a slo/tide show and why do you think people should come and see you perform? How would a slo/tide show differ from an Underoath show?

I think it would be way different from an Underoath show but it’s still me.

People can expect to see me playing a lot more instruments live with slo/tide and have more of a fun, dancy sing-a-long type show where you can see a totally different side of me.

Do you have any plans to release any new music with Underoath in the 
near future?

New UO album Voyeurist comes out Jan 14th and there are 4 singles out already.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you for any of you following along the slo/tide journey so far, you guys are a HUGE part of this, building it from the ground up with me, I’m forever grateful to all of you. For those of you who haven’t checked it out yet please do so and share it with your friends, it helps way more than you could even imagine.

Follow @slotideband on socials and be prepared for me music throughout the year!