What If I Was Nothing

Album: A War You Cannot Win (2012)
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  • Vocalist Phil Labonte found this a difficult track to lay down. He explained to Loudwire: "When I was in the studio, me and Adam (Dutkiewicz, producer) were talking when I was doing vocals and stuff. When it comes to singing, I'm a machete, I'm not a scalpel. I'm far better at screaming or yelling in key than I am at soft, tender singing so the song was a struggle to do."

    "It was cool that we actually got it done," he continued. "There were moments when I thought, 'I don't know if I'm going to be able to make it sound the way I want it to sound.' It was tough, trying to make a machete act like a scalpel."
  • Labonte admitted to The Pulse of Radio that initially not everyone in the band was on board with the song. "There was definitely conflict in the beginning," he said. "There are people that come from, you know, a school of thought that like this is what you're supposed to do and that's what you do. But you either play inside the safe zone or you really push the envelope, and pushing the envelope is a risk. That's the thing about trying new stuff - you're not gonna know when it's gonna, you know, strike a chord with people. You have no idea."

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