Over the course of the past nine years, Alabama-based rockers Ash Of Eden have gone from strength to strength, growing at a rapid pace, particularly since their first release, Approaching The God Complex. Now, with the release of their new album, Lost Souls, the band are readying themselves to take the metal scene by storm with their music. We managed to grab a chat with these hard-rocking mad men to see what goes into making Ash Of Eden tick.
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We are from the world famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
How did you meet?
I (J.R.) responded to a Craigslist ad where Alex was looking for a guitarist… It all started there.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Alex, and I have been writing together since 2009. Our most recent members, Blake (bassist) and Bret (drummer/producer), have been with us since 2015.
Before you get sick of being asked… Where does the band name come from?
The name comes from a Star Trek book called The Ashes Of Eden. We shortened it to Ash Of Eden so it rolled off the tongue better also we just didn’t want to be another “the” band.
What are your influences?
We all tend to be highly influenced by older bands, like My Chemical Romance, In Flames, Pantera, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Korn. There’s a bunch of others, but those are the ones that always come to mind when people ask us this.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Disillusionment with love, The loss of innocence that occurs as you grow, and various other life events. Most of our songs are really all about life. Sometimes it really sucks, but you gotta work really hard for things to get better, so you can’t lose hope.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live shows will be developing as the year progresses, but I would say we concentrate mainly on being precise, and with a comfortable, relatable energy. I believe we have played between 65 and 75 shows. We peaked at around 34 shows in one year; I was working band boot camp for sure!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Wildest thing at the show I would say is the tendency of people wanting to sing with Alex! I’ve seen multiple people join Alex in singing. It’s always great to get that kind of feedback.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
For the guitar amp we use a Blackstar combo, and the guitar is an ESP Phoenix
For the vocals we use the old standy Shure SM58 wireless microphone, and depending on the show, a TC Helicon Mic Mechanic Stompbox. If there isn’t a sound man, it has this little magic button that makes the vocals sound really crisp with some built in EQ, reverb, noise gating, and compression.
What are your plans for 2018?
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We’d definitely have Echoes Of Creation (a local band native to Alabama as well), and we’d love to be supporting bands like Falling In Reverse, or Black Veil Brides.
Lost Souls is out now and is available to purchase here.