Nonpoint has no desire to make a statement with The Return—they don’t need to. The band’s impressive eighth studio offering reunited the South Florida rockers with Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K for a final product that echoes the “Nonpoint of 2014”.
We spoke with vocalist Elias Soriano about The Return (out internationally Sept. 29th via Metal Blade Records and in the US Sept. 30th via Razor & Tie), his emotional connection to the album, and why his ink really hits home.
Here is what he had to say:
Paige Montgomery: How does it feel to hit studio album number eight?
Elias: Honestly, it feels right. Like when Stewie and Brian were on the run and they had to hide out in that bathroom and come up with a disguise for Stewie and they made him a woman, then Brian asked him as they drove away, “How ya doing back there Stewie?” And Stewie replies, “I feel right Brian…I feel right.” That’s how it feels on record number eight.
What separates The Return from the rest of the catalog? Why should fans be excited for this one?
The song quality. More so than ever, this band is trying to give our fans great songs on top of energy and meaning. People have sometimes criticized me for my lyrics taking a paved road when trying to reach the listener. The way I see it, I want to be clear when it’s time to be. I’ll be mysterious and poetic when the song calls for it. Sometimes I just want to say fuck the world—so why force listeners to whip out calculators and a thesaurus just to understand what the hell is going on?
We want to do it all. No limits.
From intricate and complicated to straightforward and brain-dead heavy. Why? Because it’s fucking fun that way.
After such a long run in the genre, how do you keep things fresh each album cycle (sonically)? Do you ever get bored with the writing/recording process after so many years?
Not in the slightest. It’s my favorite part of being a musician next to playing in front of 30,000 people. The magic that comes from writing a song, hearing it take form and eventually fill a room is an unmatched feeling of pride.
Do you think the new album could convert new fans? Do you want it to?
Yes… That’s always our goal. We wrote thinking about the people that were moved by previous songs of ours like “Alive and Kicking” and “What a Day”.
Life saving and storytelling. There are some deep feelings I reach for on this record. So much so I could barely sing one of the songs in the studio because I was thinking about the passing of my father last year. I actually have no idea how I’m going to perform that song live because just thinking about it now I feel my eyes welling up.
How does The Return reflect Nonpoint in 2014—sonically and the band as a whole?
Exactly that… We are not Statement Nonpoint, In the Air Nonpoint or To the Pain Nonpoint. We are 2014 Nonpoint that learned all that shit from as far back as 1997, turned it up to ten and packed it into 13 songs for people that want to listen to.
Tell me more about the meaning/message behind the album title…
It just felt right hearing it in the room. Especially coming back to Chicago to record at JohnnyK’s. Things were feeling full circle. So, The Return rang true enough to send the message we wanted. Again, we aren’t trying to pretend we’re scientists. We’re a metal band with bounce.
“Broken Skin” you have mentioned is about addiction. Do you have a personal battle with addiction?
The band. It’s ugly sometimes. My brain won’t shut off sometimes when it comes to the band. My managers must think we’re insane but Robb and I take ZERO days off outside of maybe our children’s birthdays and Christmas. Thank God my beautiful wife supports the fight.
What is your take on the publicizing of sober, healthy living amongst hard rock and metal bands. Are you a part of that movement?
I think it’s great. Our band is famously laid back in the “partying” world. We’re here to connect with our fans but most importantly—to put on a good show! If I party every night there’s no way I could do what I do every night. I like to party but I like to perform more.
What is most important to you at this point in your career when you release a new album? What do you consider a successful release?
One I love to listen to—that’s always the first goal. Followed closely by moving people in the venues we play. If I’m not happy with it, that is when my feeling of success teeters. That way, if others don’t like it, it doesn’t matter because I like it.
At the end of the day, I am the one that has to live with it for the rest of my life.
Let’s talk about your ink. Is there a theme to your tattoos or a certain style you lean towards?
My family is from South Florida so I used to always go with my father to get them before he passed. I’ve seen over 30 hurricanes hit or miss us year-after-year, so at the top of my right arm is the scariest one I’ve ever been through—Hurricane Andrew. Then I went back with daddio and got the fire and brimstone version of its inverse, followed by my wife’s lucky number on one hand and mine on the other. So I guess family is the overall theme.
The ones on my hands I wish I had done by someone else. Lesson: Never get a tattoo that’s on sale.
Any bands or artists you stay loyal to?
Circa Survive, Dredg, Pink Floyd and the Deftones. Great musicians and great songs will win my loyalty every time.
What can fans expect from the upcoming tour run(s)?
Lots of sweat and lots of energy. That coupled with all new production and songs added to our set. We’re doing it all like every night is our last show. That way people will remember us for what we want them to—our music and show.
Fans can keep up with Nonpoint’s tour schedule, news, and pick up The Return at NonPoint.com.