Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Ash of Eden was first born in 2009 as a project created by their vocalist Alex Rivers and guitarist Jsmoke. Finally in 2017 they recorded their first full length album “Lost Souls”, and released a music video for their first single off the album “Magic No More”. With the album scheduled to be released early 2018 the band is ready to take on all comers and reach even more people with their metal infused Rock sound!
How would you describe your music?
Hey, I’m Alex Rivers. Haha, oh man I always love this question cause it’s like how DO we describe our music. We like to experiment with a bunch of different sounds from song to song, but the underlying motif I would say is desperation to be understood, and to reach out to others that feel alone in a crowded room as well. It’s kind of like if you took 80’s Heavy Metal, threw in some post-hardcore screams, and glistened it up with Some modern pop sensibility. People who like bands like My Chemical Romance, and The Used will enjoy it for sure, but we try to make music that anybody can enjoy without impeding our creativity.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Well J.R. (our guitarist), and I met through a craigslist ad I had posted looking for musicians to form a band with in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area, and I hadn’t really given much thought to the kind of band I’d like to be a part of. Well when he messaged me we set up a time to meet up ,and see if we meshed musically. He showed up looking like something straight out of the 70’s. Long hair, and a Jimi Hendrix shirt on, and we did a bit of songwriting for a few hours, and realized even though we had totally different backgrounds we could form something new from that mixture. Over the years we had a number of bassists, and drummers playing with us till we met Blake, our now current bassist, through a mutual friend of ours. We just hire drummers to play different gigs now so it’s just us core three right now plus our producer Michael Bret Gore of Audio Architect is like a brother, and is like the green ranger to our power rangers so we all contribute to the writing now.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Well for me I really loved the 2000’s Alt. Rock scene. Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), of course, is a huge idol of mine, and then with J.R. it’s a toss up Between Dimebag Darrel (Pantera), and both Björn Gelotte, and Niclas Engelin of In Flames, Blake loves Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fieldy of Korn, and Bret loves Tears For Fears, George Michael , Aerosmith, and A Day To Remember.
What inspires you?
Nearly anything can lead to a song lyrically for me. Our song Ghosts was inspired by a car wreck a friend of mine was in she lost one of her best friends in it I got the chorus within a few hours of listening to her talk about it, and asked her if it would be alright if I wrote a song about the accident, and she was fine with it. Most of the songs take influence from events in our lives, but at it’s core our current album Lost Souls is a concept album We try to take experiences we’ve had, and then build a world around the events. So each song has like a real life experience behind it ,but also builds this fantasy world where the story of the album takes place. It’s kind of like Alice In Wonderland meets The Wall by Pink Floyd. Lots of metaphors veiling political themes, with some personal reflection mixed in.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We write them anywhere really. I hate it when we come up with something awesome, and don’t have any way to record it though So I always have my laptop with me to record dummy takes just so we remember what we did!
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Definitely Passions it’s the second track on the album, Lost Souls, and is just so energetic. It holds a lot of meaning to us.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Well we’d love to tour with any of our influences, but can you imagine In Flames, My Chemical Romance, Tears For Fears, The Red Hot Chili Peppers plus us all on the same tour together it’d be a rather strange mixture of stuff haha. Realistically I think we’d love to tour with Falling In Reverse that’s a band all of us enjoy!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I wish there was more of a focus on creating quality albums rather than singles. It really helps to build a higher form of art when the album is focused on, and let’s you build something more than any one song can be. I’ve always been a huge fan of the concept album so it’d be great to see those done more often in various genres.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
I was wearing a trench coat with these velvet laces up the back walking through one of the malls in Nashville, TN can’t remember. What it was called right off the top of my head, but this lady walking behind me was apparently bugged by one of the laces being undone, and she just suddenly grabbed it causing me to jerk back suddenly and the back of my head hit her forehead. Unperturbed She started undoing all the laces, and lacing it back up. I was probably standing there with her in silence working on my laces for Like 10 minutes before she ever said “Hi” to me haha. Very odd.
What are your future plans?
We’re currently playing shows promoting our current album, Lost Souls, but we’re also already working on the follow up. It’s gonna be a lot heavier then Lost Souls so if you like our song Death, or Love Labours None there’s definitely more of that on the horizon.