Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley spoke in an interview with Rock 100.5 The KATT radio station and explained how they wrote their latest album “Ember”.
He admitted that ‘there were songs that he don’t even know how to play’. Here’s the statement:
“These guys that I have [in the band] now, when I did ‘Dark Before Dawn’ , which is the last album, I had that about 95 percent written when I got them onboard; I wrote that mostly on my hiatus — when I took that hiatus. And so when they came into the band, it was kind of already done. There was a few things that they contributed on, but for the most part, it was done.
And ‘Ember’ is the first album that they were there from the very start — when there was no material — so they all contributed a lot more to it. There were songs that I don’t even know how to play, ’cause I didn’t write the music; I just wrote the vocals and the lyrics, and they helped with the lyrics too, and some of the melodies and all that.
So I was really able to kind of just take a step back — gladfully, because I had done most of the work, if not all of the work, on all of the Breaking Benjamin albums before. And I’m ready — I always was; I just didn’t really have anybody that I was playing with that was like-minded writers.”
On how he shaped the album, he said:
“I mean, I’ve always played with some really, really amazing musicians, but a musician and a writer are two totally different things, and we just didn’t really mesh too well. These guys will send me an entire song that’s done, with no vocals — and sometimes with vocals — but the whole thing is done, from the start to the finish, and all I have to do is either put my own lyrics or vocals on it, or whatever.
And it’s really awesome to just have that; I’ve never had that before — I’ve never heard a whole song. I’ve only heard, like, ‘Here’s this riff.’ And all I would do is, I would have a song already, and the riff would be in the same… it would fit in there, if I just took mine out and put that in there, so that’s what I used to do.
I don’t really consider that writing together; I just consider it taking a piece out and putting another piece in. So this time around, I think it’s a little heavier, because that’s where that music that they came up with sort of took me.”
Breaking Benjamin’s sixth album “Ember” was released on April 13, 2018 via Hollywood Records.
You can watch the entire interview from below.