Former Underoath Singer Starts New Band
Oh, and don’t worry — it won’t be Underoath Part 2, he says in a new interview.
Yes, folks — rather than just fade away into oblivion, Spencer Chamberlain is insisting on persisting with a new band called Sleepwave.
He tells AltPress that Sleepwave isn’t like what you hear on regular rock stations, or what you think when you someone mentions “rock music” these days.
“I think Underoath were a heavy, somewhat metal or hardcore band — however you want to put it,” he says. “I’ve been playing in bands since I was a little kid. I got paid to play at parties when I was 12. I’ve been doing it forever, it just happened to be the metal band that I was in stuck.
“You enjoy it; you ride it out; you do your thing. But that’s not all I am. I won’t do Underoath Pt. II or continue the saga with another heavy metal band; a band with screaming, in particular, is what I’m not going to do.”
With the new band, “there’s a lot more rock stuff, you know, there’s some piano-driven stuff. The people who are paying attention right now are my Underoath fans, so I’m going to give them something heavy to listen to.”
When Underoath kicked the proverbial bucket, Spencer says he lost everything.
“I have no car, I have no house: I have nothing. I have the songs that I’ve been working on — that’s it. I’m not the kind of guy who blew money. I didn’t buy nice cars; I didn’t buy anything. I just had a string of bad luck. A tree fell on my car and smashed it, and it wasn’t covered by insurance.
“In Underoath, we all bought houses about eight months before the market crashed. You buy a house for X amount of dollars, then eight months later, it’s worth half. At a certain point, when taxes and insurance went up in Florida, my mortgage doubled.
“I wasn’t prepared for the Underoath breakup, so I didn’t have a job to go to. Tim was working at Merchline everyday, Chris was working at a church, and I just kept working on my music. At one point, I was seriously laughing, sitting on my dining room table, with two gold records on my wall, emptying out my piggy bank to eat a 99-cent burger, for the first time in two days. I was just like, ‘This is ridiculous. This is insane.’ All I had were those songs.
“Some people would be like, ‘Why didn’t you get a job?’ I haven’t worked anywhere but Underoath since I was 18. I didn’t even have a car to deliver a pizza in. The only thing I could do at this point in my life was put all of my chips in one basket. And that basket is myself.”
I can relate to the being broke aspect of what he’s talking about. And buying a home at the wrong time. Read more here, if you wanna.