Indie folk rock band the Avett Brothers is set to release its seventh full-length studio album, The Carpenter, on September 11, 2012.

According to founding member Scott Avett, the new album deals with some deep issues – namely, life and death – and the group’s personal accounts of those issues.

Since this album’s been done, we’ve dealt with more and much heavier versions of that as well. So, maybe that’s added to the closeness that we hold them to us. As we get older, a lot of the things we said in the past that we thought we believed about understanding life or death, I don’t know that we understood them as well as we do now and I don’t know that we understand them now, but we’re closer to an understanding.

So many of us believe we have a good understanding of a particular thing, and then something comes along in life to not only show us that maybe we didn’t understand it as well as we thought we did, but also launches something at us to give us a better understanding.

For the Avett Brothers, one of the experiences that gave them an entirely new, and perhaps more mature, understanding of life and death has been the illness of bassist Bob Crawford‘s daughter.

The hard times with Bob and his daughter’s illness was something that we woke up to and changed our lives entirely […] Insane. Insane. And the wear on a person mentally, just to see someone they love go through that as well is just a strain, personally, on your individual self. It’s just massive for him, his wife and Hallie’s mother and Hallie. It’s imperative that we keep our heads up and push through and do we what we do. And we’re doing it, you know.

Tell us about a time when you gained a new understanding of life and death. What did you learn that you didn’t know before? How did the experience change you as a person?

Meanwhile, if you’re an Avett Brothers fan you can head over to Rolling Stone to stream The Carpenter‘s first single, “Live and Die.”