Richie T talked with Isaiah Silva from Big Ass Show 2014 artist The Eeries about their single "Cool Kid", band origins, and growing up in a cult. Read a brief overview below, or listen to the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Being on a radio tour:
It’s been fun man. It is very very tasking, like I said I’m running on fumes right now but t’s all good. It’s a lot of fun and obviously, you’ve got to love it first and foremost before you do this. You can’t be in it for any other reason, you can’t be in it for hopes of making money, you can’t be in it for hopes of being famous or anything like that because you’ll be sorely disappointed if that’s your motivation. You really have to be passionate about it and love it because you’re going to be out here for weeks at a time and running on very little sleep – so yeah. That’s my two cents about being in a band.
Got guys from Chicago, got a guy from Italy, but basically we all met in Los Angeles… We all moved out to L.A. we’d all been transplants I guess if you will for ten years? So we had all lived here for ten years. We played in the local scene together and we’ve all toured, god for, we’ve been on the road for 16 years? So we’ve all, the rest of the guys as well, we’ve all played in different bands and toured in the past. So when people think of overnight success, it’s far from it. Not that we’re successful or anything, I mean we’re barely just getting started here.
“Cool Kid” getting the band together:
Basically what had happened is I had written a song, and I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with the guys I was playing with, they were very close minded, and it made me feel uncomfortable, their attitudes. So I kind of hid it from them, kept it a secret and I decided to start to kind of make my way out of that band and as I was making my way out I sent it to a few very trusted friends, I kept it very close to home. I didn’t want any strangers in the band or anything like that or hired guns, so I kept it really close to home and sent it to a handful of friends. Luckily enough the song moved them enough to where they were able to get behind it and endorse it.
It’s like being in five relationships simultaneously. You see these people every single day, it’s actually a lot like marriage. You see these people every single day of your lives. You wake up next to them, I mean we sleep in beds together, come on. I know what these guys smell like, on their prettiest days and their not so pretty.
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How they met:
Kyle: Brandon and I met at a show years ago and then randomly ended up moving in together at this crazy old flop house with nine other guys and just started playing music together there. We had no car, we had nothing but a ton of equipment.
Brandon: I'd been living in this, I mean literally like a flop house. It was the nastiest bachelor pad, the kitchen was unusable, the bathroom was completely unusable because they were so filthy. I was sitting out front having a beer one day when Kyle pulled up and I was like “what the hell is going on bro?”. We started playing music I think that first week after he moved in and immediately we just clicked and it was kind of just a done deal.
The Flop House now:
It's been condemned, they tore it down, we drove by the other day and it's gone and they're building something where human beings can live.
Star-crossed band mates:
Kyle: We both went our separate ways, Brandon became a ferrier, he shoed horses and I went and worked at a non-profit… and came back together about five years ago and started this band. Brandon: It was like three years. I went to Oklahoma, I went to horse shoeing school in Oklahoma and then came back to Northwestern, trying to set up a business.
Kyle: It's changed over this album. We had toured on a record before for about a year and a half and on the way back from one of the last tours Brandon and I looked at each other were like we've gotta do this thing our way. We built the studio ourselves and started recording this record. We quit every other day job and every other interest and basically clocked regular hours, 50 hours a week plus, and just wrote music every day. We just kind of held each other accountable that way and basically learned how to create in that environment.
Brandon: We've completely outgrown our old record, we made it really, really fast. Honestly, we didn't know what we were doing. We cranked out a collection of songs and immediately got ourselves a vehicle and got out on the road. And after about a year being out on the road and doing whatever, playing shows, we just realized this is not what we wanted to do. And Kyle and I, when we first started playing music together we spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted our sound to be. The infusion of electronic beats and really nasty synthesizers, but then with a really strong contrast of acoustic instrumentation and well thought out harmonies and melodies. We at that time, when we started, we didn't know how to execute, but after spending enough time, three or four years together, we figured out a system.
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