Way back in the dark annals of history (2016), we got a chance to speak with US rock outfit Leaving Eden (you can check out the interview here). Now, with a couple more years experience under their belts, we got a chance to have a chat with them once more to see how the band have progressed. Without further ado, let’s dive in and see what’s new with the one and only Leaving Eden.
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Hi! Nice to chat. I’m Eric, Co-Founder of the band Leaving Eden from Boston MA, USA baby!
How did you meet?
I met Eve, looking for a female front person, she was in New Hampshire and auditioned, we clicked and the rest is history. Ryan Manning on drums came highly referred and fit right in.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Well over 10 years and it’s been one hell of a ride!
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
So, we thought that really the Garden of Eden is right here, all of earth and because of the corruption and all the evil, why not just leave, go somewhere else, thus, Leaving Eden.
What are your influences?
Myself: Disturbed, Shinedown, Sabbath, Ritchie Blackmore.
Ryan: Suicidal Tendencies, Danzig, Crowbar.
Eve: Janis Joplin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We do rock, hard rock, metal, some folk, and it’s melodic, high energy, lots of harmony… Best seen and heard live. All music is unique in the sense that at first, no one else in the universe is playing it accept your own band so eventually if everyone loves it, then others cover it, therefore, it’s fresher in the beginning. In my humble opinion, that’s why everyone loves new music they’ve never heard before.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
[Our] Lyrics are primarily based on reality and things that have influenced us; what we feel.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live show is high energy: including the crowd instead of just performing for the crowd. We’ve played hundreds upon hundreds of shows.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Eve has body surfed, jumped up on the bar, had booze poured down her throat while performing, brought tons of people up on stage. I was jumping around at an outdoors show, behind me was just a tarp hanging down and we were a good 8 feet off the ground. I jumped back thinking there was a wall, not a tarp when it literally felt like someone pushed me back so I didn’t fall off. I would have definitely hurt myself. It was shortly after the head of our security Bob Currier had sadly passed. Who knows right? It could’ve been Bob!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I play Gibson SG, Ryan uses DW drums/Zildjian cymbals.
What are your plans for 2018?
We have plans to tour USA and release our next album. We also have our songs placed in Hollywood movies, Such as Mayday and Lockdown (directed by Massimiliano Cerchi) and the TV series/movie Jezebeth (directed by Damien Dante) through Dark Star Records/Sony Music. Fun stuff!
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!
Would love to tour with Ozzy and Five Finger. I’m sure Eve would love to go out with Fleetwood Mac, I would too!
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