EVE’S FALL

I am a huge fan of Within Temptation. EVE’S FALL reminded me of a more poppier version but equally as good. And I fell immediately for them. I hope you do so too. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce the band to us?
-We’re Eve’s Fall, four guys and one girl hailing from the Netherlands. We play modern melodic metal with heavy pop influences and female vocals, but without the familiar gothic stereotypes. So no operatic vocals and layers of strings here. Basically, we aim to write heavy popsongs with catchy vocal melodies, accessible for a broad audience, but still unmistakably metal.

When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-Actually, this came quite naturally to us. We all have a very broad taste in music, with metal as a common interest, and it all just blends together. Influences from various styles of metal, like modern melodic metal, progressive metal and even some djent, but also from the music we hear every day on Dutch public radio.

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-The name Eve’s Fall refers to the falling of the evening. To us, this is the most fun part of the day where anything can happen. It’s that time when you can leave all the hassles and obligations of your day job or studies behind, and just have some fun. Party, have a beer with friends, maybe see a cool band or a movie. But there’s also some mystery to the evening, when twilight sets in and eventually gives way to darkness. We like that aspect too!

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I would say pretty important. First and foremost, we want fans to have a good time at our gigs! When we make music together, we’re not just a band performing, but we’re also a bunch of friends just having fun on stage and we want that to show, and take the audience with us. As far as image goes, I guess we just want to be ourselves. On stage, we do try to more or less match our clothes so we actually look like a band rather than five individuals. Before a gig, Liesbeth may come up to us and say “Hey, I’m wearing this tonight” and we will try not to look too different 😉

I am a huge fan of LP artwork. How important is it to have the right artwork for your album?
-Very! In our opinion, if you want your album to sell, not only the music has to be good but the whole thing needs to be visually appealing. As an artist you need to go the extra mile to make people really want to physically own your album rather than an anonymous download. So we put in some effort to do just that. We really want our artwork to match the music, too. The cover of From Here On is about life passing you by because you can’t keep up, and this returns throughout the whole booklet. We worked with a very talented photographer friend of ours, Nathalie van Vugt, and she really managed to capture just that. This is a common theme in many of the lyrics on From Here On, but in the songs, the main character always manages to regain control and conquer the mess he or she is in.

How do you avoid being affected/fooled by the hype likes on Youtube and Facebook can create on social media?
-To be honest, we wouldn’t really consider this a hype thing. To us, social media are a very important means to reach our fans and keep them up to date about what’s going on behind the scenes. So those likes are actually of value to us. But of course it’s more important to us how many people we actually meet in the flesh at our gigs. That is worth so much more than any number of likes on Facebook!

When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-It kinda does. We get to meet lots of cool people, and play with some great other bands and so far all of them have been very friendly and nice and made us feel right at home! We’re very grateful for that.

How important is it to be signed to a label today? What can they do that you cannot so on your own?
-Nowadays everyone can make an album and get it released on iTunes, Spotify and you name it through an online distributor. You don’t really have to rely on a label for that anymore. The real benefits of a label are their network. They have tons of experience in really promoting bands, getting their music heard by the right people, getting CD’s out to magazines for reviewing, arranging interviews, that sort of thing. This is pretty difficult for an independent band to do, and takes lots of time and you need to know the right people I guess. We’re working on that, but so far we’re not signed to any label.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your country?
-So far, our focus has been on playing within the Netherlands as much as we can. We haven’t really tried to get any gigs outside the Netherlands yet. We did a show in Belgium which was fun, but other than that our focus has been on playing in our own country. We have had some great opportunities, like playing on Dutch national radio and gigging with bigger bands in our genre like Stream of Passion and Kingfisher Sky, which was loads of fun!

What will the future bring?
-We are very busy writing new material for a successor to From Here On, our debut album. We aim for a release at the end of 2015, and we hope to hit the stages as much as we can! We also have some cool gigs coming up, with Autumn and Kingfisher Sky among others, and we hope to give a little sneak peek at the new songs, and maybe play one or two live for the first time… We’re very excited to finally be able to lift some of the veils, and hear the first responses!

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