1. Introduce us to your project!
Well, I’m the singer Alex Rivers, our guitarist is J.R. Whiteside, Blake Austin is our bassist, and Bret Gore is our studio drummer/producer. Our current touring drummer is Justin Mason of another local act called Never Mind The Damage. We’re from Muscle Shoals, AL. You can learn more by going to https://www.facebook.com/AshOfEden/, or by messaging us there as well!
2. How did you guys start out?
Over craigslist (a classifieds website). I had posted “Singer looking for band” not really looking for any genre in particular cause I had always wanted to try making something more original that did its own thing rather than trying to sound like any genre in particular. J.R. messaged me over AOL email, and we started writing together pretty much immediately. It felt good. It was both our first times starting a band from scratch so the freedom of it was really great. Over the years we went through a lot of different bassists, and drummers till we met Blake through a mutual friend, and then Bret once we started looking for a studio to record at. We ended up recording our first full length album “Lost Souls” with him and didn’t have a drummer at the time. So, he was like “Hey you know I play drums, right?”, and so he went to work writing the drums for the songs along with us giving general directions on how we wanted it to sound.
3. Describe your band’s sound.
It’s a mish-mash of all our influences really. J.R.’s a huge fan of 70’s, and 80’s rock, and metal. I’m a big fan of pop punk, hard rock, metal, and post-hardcore from the 2000’s onward, and our bassist is a huge fan of all sorts of different bands from different eras a lot of them centring around the 90’s, and onward with a bit of influence from earlier acts, and Bret’s a huge fan of foreign acts like Crystal Lake, and some older bands like Queen, Tears For Fears, and Aerosmith. So, our sound in large part is Hard Rock, but also has some Pop, and Screamo thrown in. Best way to really understand it is to listen! Each track is different from the last due to all the different influences we have. https://ashofeden.bandcamp.com/album/lost-souls
4. What influences your craft?
Life. That’s pretty much where every song comes from. We all like to write our songs so they speak to people’s experiences in life. We’ve always enjoyed songs that have a sort of catharsis to it. Sometimes it comes from relationships, but a lot of the time it comes from dark places like disillusionment with life, or the loss of those we love. Our songs can be pretty dark, but it’s not about BEING dark for us it’s about expressing our pain, and emotions in a constructive way through music that others might be able to find comfort in.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
Well for starters our album is a concept album about a young girl in a coma who’s lost in a realm of dreams, and nightmares. We’ve all really enjoyed writing this story, and I feel it adds something to the album that each song leads into the next track. So, when you’re listening to the album there are no unimportant songs. We really strive to not write any filler songs just to rush a single out or something like that. I think a lot of bands do that these days, and I really wanna bring back the days when the album was the focus not just one song on that particular album. Each song should have its moment to shine otherwise…why write it in the first place?
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
I would say our song Passions. It’s everyone’s favourite so far. We’re working on a music video for it currently, but you can listen to it with a bit of a behind the scenes footage on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7EK2EkxSak
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Definitely learning how to grow our social media presence. None of us before this have ever really had any background on using the internet like that. Before it was just like we’d make a post once in a while saying “hey come check out this show we’re playing”, but we’ve started seeing it’s a valuable tool we really need to put more focus on. Another one that we’ve luckily gotten past now is trying to find a drummer, our bassist we felt really struck a great balance between being able to play really heavy crushing bits, but also being able to dial it back, and play more groove, pocket playing type stuff as well. We really felt that dichotomy was important to our sound, and it made it difficult to really fill those positions.
8. What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
Playing with Icon For Hire in Birmingham, AL was definitely an amazing moment. I listened to those guys all throughout high school, and still do to this day, but actually playing a show with them really sparked us into overdrive on pumping up our live show in ways we’d never thought about.
9. How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?
Well, we’re planning a tour next year (2019), and also recording our follow up album with Bret at Audio Architect Recordings so we keep ourselves busy. As long as we have this passion for our music we’ll always be working towards something new and pushing our boundaries.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
We’d love to be able to say we never wrote a dull song. That’s a really huge thing for us. It’s also a really difficult standard to hold yourself to so all we can do is really pour our hearts, and souls into everything we make. We hope that comes across to people.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!