Monday, March 17, 2014

Other Eyes Wise interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We?ve been around since 2011, based in London. The band came together from members of
of a couple of different metal bands. We wanted to find something melodic and groovy, but not being
held back by any boundaries, like trying to stick to a certain genre.

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound?

We wanted a very natural sound, something a bit different than the metal bands that use a very
compressed, flat sound. We looked for a throwback to the 80?s and 90?s, with a less pushed sound.
We wanted this kind of sound to make sure the dynamics in the songs came through. The guitars
are down-tuned, but the gain is fairly low, this again is because the melody should cut through.

The album flows from heavy grooves, screams and growls, to soft instrumental sections, clean
dark vocals, melodic choruses, and moves forward in a progressive manner.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

It?s basically personal experiences (what we experience, and observe), often expressed as
a sociological pattern.

Climb Above - is about realising a weakened personal position, getting up from it and feeling
resentment towards others for making, or letting you be weak.

Almost Asleep - is very much about having your own point of view and opinion, and an informed one at that.

Decade of Struggle - even if you disagree, you don?t have to disconnect.

4.In the bands logo, there is an all seeing eye, does the band have any interest in the occult?

Not really. We don?t have any connection to the occult. You see it as an all seeing eye, we see a lizard eye.
We liked this logo idea we got from Max Grundy after we told him our band name, it is pretty much as
simple as that. None of us are into the occult, and music and lyrics don?t cover such subjects.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Other Eyes Wide'?

It?s Other Eyes Wise :-) . It reflects that people have their own thoughts and opinions,
it displays an individual view. It also reflects that there is plenty of pressure to listen to others, and ignoring your
own voice.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the year and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We?ve played some nice venues around London. We?ve played the Barfly which is a nice venue, we also played
the Proud, which had a professional dancer dancing to our music, which we thanked afterwards and then learned
she?s done it on her own ackord - something we found very cool!

Our stage performance: we groove with the music! You can tell we like playing music, and that we
like being on stage. We like chatting to people, and pull at least one weird move during our set,
like the wrong dance move for the song, or down a shot when it?s challenging to do so.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

This is something we will be organising with the label in the next few weeks. We are very eager to get out
on the road, this is where we belong.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?

So far, the feedback?s been great. We come from being UK, and even London centric, as we?ve joined WormHoleDeath,
we?ve noticed we are spreading quickly around the globe, and again, so far feedback is good, and people
appreciate our original sound.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Like we said, we are without boundaries. We don?t intend on controlling the flow, or where we end up, too much.
We keep looking for melody and groove though, and keeping a core sound intact, so there is an Other Eyes Wise
sound people can recognise. We will also always produce the kind of music that we like, and we want to produce.

We know a few bits about where we are going right now: melodic bits will be more and more melodic, the brutal bits
will get more brutal. We are using more of an epic sound on the next album. We are very pleased with Zer(0),
our debut, but you will be able to hear a strong progression on the next album.

This is a band that will not sit on its laurels, but will always want to progress and expand, improve musically,
and challenge ourselves, which means the music is always going to progress and improve.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Musical styles are metal, rock, grunge, death metal, hardcore. Influential bands include Dream Theater, Metallica, Tool, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Korn, Faith no More, Meshuggah, Carcass, Opeth, Deftones, Fear Factory, Pantera, ISIS.

What we listen to now? First off, at any given point in time, the band members could be listening to completely different
kinds of music. Right now then:

Sy: Hacride, Born of Osiris, Polica, Alice in Chains, Tesseract, Intronaut
Jo: Dream Theater, Joe Bonamassa, Melvins, Zyklon
Coop: Carcass, Napalm Death, Bolththrower, Metallica

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Mountain biking, football, running, cooking, motor sports, the occasional beer might sneak into the equation.
We enjoy films as well. Sometimes, on the day after beer.

We do like doing quite different things as individuals, and at the same time as we share a lot as a band,
we are definitely individuals with individual strong passions as well.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We have just released our debut album Zer(0)! It?s on ITunes, Spotify, eMusic, Amazon, Google Play.
Go check it out!

We want to thank for the support we?ve received for it so far, and we are looking forward to getting out and playing it live to people. We are very excited to be recently signed to WormHoleDeath, and this collaboration is the beginning of something great we think.

To anyone reading this: we hope to see you soon!

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