Interview: Eye Empire
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:46:00
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"We want to be a band that brings everybody together," declares Eye Empire singer Donald Carpenter.
That's exactly what this hard rock outfit does on its powerful debut, Moment of Impact, and every single time it hits the stage. Eye Empire craft the kind of anthems that remain both empowering and engaging, catapulting them to the forefront of the genre as they continue to slog it out one show at a time. They've grown into an immense and irresistible force in the genre, and they're only going to get stronger when they drop their next offering. Be ready for the real Impact…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Donald Carpenter of Eye Empire talks Moment of Impact, new music, and more.
What's the story behind "More Than Fate"?
For us, it's one of the first few songs we even started working on six or seven years ago. We've lived it with for a while. The story hasn't grown old on us. The longer we're out here doing this and trying to build it, the more it makes sense. I think people start to really pick up on what that song's trying to say.
What is it trying to say?
It's a story of all our collective journeys. We answer a lot of questions about our previous bands and the paths we all took to get here. That's the story. It's about trusting your heart and instincts. You realize in life we're all going to face some sort of "failure". It's about what we do with those experiences that makes a difference moving forward. It reminds us of what we've been through and where we've come from to have this opportunity. It keeps you humble.
Is this the band you've all been working towards?
I think that's an incredible question with a lot of insight behind it. It's like a lot of things in life. It's like a marriage. You're a different person when you're in your twenties, teens, or late twenties. You're growing, and you're becoming the man, artist, or writer you're supposed to blossom into. At different points of our journey, we weren't ready for this band. There was a level of ego and humbleness I personally had to go through to put me in the position to go out here and have a different approach to everything. We're coming from a position that humbled us. It put us in the position to be ready for this. We're ready and excited.
You keep growing too…
The idea is to evolve and keep that evolutionary process going and growing. We took this time off and took the due diligence to maintain our status as an independent band who controls our own destiny. There are a lot of unanswered questions going into a second record. Can you do it again? We answered all of those questions. We're comfortable in knowing we have a vision for the next record.
What is that vision?
It's all about evolution. On Moment of Impact, we laid a dynamic landscape. We gave ourselves a lot of directions to go. Now, it's about expanding on those dynamics and different sounds and pushing it further. The heavier stuff got heavier. The content got heavier. The lighter stuff got lighter and more atmospheric. We wrote the first Eye Empire love song. We explored different emotions and things we might not have gotten around to on the first go around.
What's next for you?
We're an anti-redundancy band. Life is more dynamic than that. Everybody has a good day. Everybody has a bad day. Everybody falls in love. Everybody falls out of love.
What have you been listening to?
There was a lot of exploration going into this last writing process. Florence + the Machine's Ceremonials was a really big record for me. Then, there's the Imagine Dragons record. It's been more mainstream. .
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