EYES OVER SEA is yet another cool band that I wasn’t aware of before this interview. But that has all changed now. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
John – When done well the initial impression of the sound and the impact of the presentation at every level of the project should synergize. The name should carry this synergy with it. I feel like this is what intuitively we select for when a name “just sounds right”.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
Eric- Originally Eyes Over Sea started out as a studio band. The first release of the “DREAMWAVE” single back in 2015 got us enough recognition in our local scene to start thinking about forming a live band. After receiving a lot of show offers. John and I met up with some friends and started jamming. After the first run of our set, thats when i realized that Eyes Over Sea was something i wanted to pursue full time. After a few line-up changes. We are now in the right direction where i want us to go.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
Eric- We classify ourselves as Progressive – Metalcore. But in reality, we are just a metal band.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
John- With this last record the album was a concept album so the order of the tracks were consequential. They are arranged to portray the progress of our protagonist as revelation is realized in stages.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Eric- No matter what, something has already been done. Whether its been released or not there will always be copyright claims. It is really tough to come up with a riff that doesn’t sound like or come close to someone else’s. Especially in the sub genres. I always like to listen to what other up and coming bands have been doing, and see whats doing well and not so well and I kinda get the inspiration to create music that not only myself would enjoy, but others would be into as well.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
John- The graphic side of the band conveys a visual snapshot of the album that you can use to make a statement or further branding. I think it is crucial to pay attention to these elements because fans will really appreciate it. We always loved something provocative or eye grabbing growing up (and still now).
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
John-The album is not an extinct medium but it does seem that a line had been draw to divide the relevance of the album verses that of the single. It seems like singles are a place to create as much context for your album or brand as possible. Whereas with the album relevance it can seem secondary but bands like Periphery, Tesseract, Veil of Maya (if you get my point) that make use of that space inspire more appreciation in their fans. It may be a bit biased in this case but nothing is wrong with a good ol’ concept album.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
John- Realistically it’s not up to us to protect a way that people consume or appreciate music. What would kill our beloved metal scene would be shying away from the spirit of embracing new ideas and adapting. The only constant is change however so far it seems there have always been ways to achieve what you want. The world has always demanded artists be clever and there are benefits to supporting music in general. We would give the advice that artists should pay attention to what their fanbase wants. Singles are not the end of albums unless you let them be.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
John- I think for us we want to be comfortable fitting in with a variety of subgenres using progressive elements to help us explore those places in a consistent way for our sound. The “core” genres have a developed and intermeshed community. Among them we want to bring visceral stories and attention to the aspects of ourselves and culture that we believe need it.