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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Deftones with special guests Scars on Broadway! On-sale Friday September 7th at 10AM! Show is October 17 at In The Venue doors at 7PM. All Ages. Tickets: CLICK HERE!
Date: 2012-10-17 Time: 8:00 PM Ticket Price: $32 Adv/$35 Day Of
Special Information: On Sale: September 7 @ 10am. All ages show.
KXRK METRIC EVENT PLAN O ACTION:
THURSDAY MAY 31ST 2011
POPLAR STREET PUB
242 South 200 West Salt Lake City, UT 8410
5:00: METRIC arrives / Sound Check (front room must be clear during soundcheck)
5:30ish: Doors open to guests
6:30: Meet & Greet (for 10 LUCKY X96 listeners)
7:00: METRIC out the door
In the early 2000’s when Rock Was Back and every band in the world seemed to be looking for a wormhole to a 1970’s garage, METRIC frontwoman Emily Haines was hauling around — gasp! — an analog synthesizer as the band worked their way up in New York City’s clubs. In the late 2000’s, when many bands were being strangled by the industry's power structure, Metric undid all their business entanglements and started their own company, Metric Music International (MMI) with the help of independent managers Mathieu Drouin and Françoise de Grandpré. Today, they're unencumbered and directly plugged into their listeners' hearts. With single “Help I’m Alive,” they became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label (a feat they repeated with “Gold Guns Girls”). They’ve since sold out arenas and headlined festivals. They’ve had a hand in scoring films for everyone from Edgar Wright to David Cronenberg, and they wrote the theme song for the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack with composer Howard Shore. They've even performed their song "Gimme Sympathy" at a private event for the Queen of England. For a band that had always been told they were Doing It Wrong, the Toronto-based quartet have grown into a fresh model for Making It Work.
If 2009's Fantasies was about escaping the familiar and exploring the world, Synthetica is about finding the courage to stay home and deal with your own reflection in the mirror. "It’s about facing what you know is true," Haines says. The band — Haines, Shaw, bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key — started work on the album literally the day after their final Fantasies show at the Art Basel modern art festival in Miami at the end of November 2010. They returned to Giant Studios in Toronto. They were emboldened by their fourth album's success (nearly 500,000 albums and over 1 million singles sold worldwide) and thinking big. But the real breakthrough came when pieces of vintage gear began fortuitously falling into their laps.
Guitarist-producer Jimmy Shaw puts it this way, “Synthetica is the sonic culmination of everything we have done. We’ve always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize. We finally heard it coming out of the speakers this time. It's futuristic and synthesized, yet also organic.” The album was mixed by long time METRIC collaborator and Grammy-nominated indie-rock specialist John O’Mahony at New York’s famed Electric Lady Studios.
The first sound you hear on opening track "Artificial Nocturne" — a pulsating, grimy throb — returns as the anchor on gut-wrenching meditation "Dreams So Real" and hypnotic morality twister "Nothing But Time." According to Shaw, "That sound is the foundation of the album. Oddly enough, it’s actually not a synthesizer. It's a '60s organ played through a homemade pedal dreamed up by a local wizard who posted an ad on Craiglist. Together they set the emotional tone of the record." First single "Youth Without Youth" tackles the fraying social state with a bristling energy ("I've always wanted to do a song with the Gary Glitter beat," Shaw says). "Speed the Collapse" is an environmental anthem featuring what is undoubtedly 2012's most stadium-ready chorus.
Haines first envisioned the word “Synthetica” as the name for a particularly resilient skin-job from Blade Runner, a female replicant who voices an inner monologue of all your human imperfections. "If you imagine a nightmarishly fake version of me as a pop star, that’s her,” she says. "And this record was about me saying, I'm going to give more to the music than ever, but there's no way I'm going to turn into someone like that." As she sings on the album's hard-rocking title track, "We're all the time confined to fit the mold / But I won't ever let them make a loser of my soul."
Since their last album, Metric has picked up JUNO Awards for "Alternative Album of the Year" and "Band of the Year," contributed the lead single to the Scott Pilgrim vs The World soundtrack, and landed on the Academy Awards' short list for Twilight's "All Yours," which they co-wrote with composer Howard Shore. They have since partnered up with Howard Shore on another project: The score to David Cronenberg’s latest film Cosmopolis was composed by Shore and performed by METRIC.
Plans for the release of Synthetica are as forward thinking as its grand sound and the band is poised to top the success of Fantasies (which debuted in the Top 10 around the world on iTunes Rock Albums charts as a selfrelease). Synthetica will be a global self-release on the band’s own label (MMI), in concert with a collection enhanced distribution and other joint venture partners the world over. Metric's management has aligned with industry legends like Cliff Burnstein and Radiohead co-manager Brian Message in unconventional partnerships that embrace new technology and keep the artist in the driver’s seat. In a letter written to the fans, Haines gives us a glimpse of what’s to come:
“Synthetica is about insomnia, fucking up, fashion, all the devices and gadgets attached to our brains, getting wasted, watching people die in other countries, watching people die in your own country, dancing your ass off, questioning the cops, poetic justice, standing up for yourself, sex, the apocalypse, doing some stupid shit and totally regretting it but then telling everyone it made you stronger, leaving town as a solution to unsolvable problems, owning your actions, and owning your time.” - Caryn Ganz.
S Y N T H E T I C A – JUNE 12, 2012 S Y N T H E T I C A TRACKLISTING
1. Artificial Nocturne 2. Youth Without Youth 3. Speed The Collapse 4. Breathing Underwater 5. Dreams So Real 6. Lost Kitten 7. The Void 8. Synthetica 9. Clone 10. The Wanderlust
Matisyahu will bring his Summer tour in support of his latest release, "Spark Seeker," with The Dirty Heads to The Rail Event Center September 10th. You will not want to miss this show! On Sale: June 1 @ 10am. All ages show. Ticket and concert info: CLICK HERE!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 20, 2012
Salt Lake City, Ut- The Matisyahu and The Dirty Heads concert scheduled at The Rail on September 10th has been moved to The Depot. All tickets that have been purchased will be honored. No exchange is necessary. Tickets to purchase for Matisyahu at The Depot on September 10th are available at all Smith's Tix Outlets, www.smithstix.com or by phone 801-467-TIXX or 1-800-888-TIXX, and The Depot box office Fridays only 2p-6p. For more information go to www.depotslc.com.
METRIC is coming to Salt Lake City, October 5th to The Depot! Tickets are ON SALE NOW! X96 has a little FREE SHOW action with METRIC at Poplar St. Pub on the 31st of this month! Listen to X96 for your V.I.P. passes so you can see the band and meet the band. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT!
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