Artist Spotlight: Leaving Eden
Boston, Massachusetts extreme rock band Leaving Eden is excited to announce the release of their latest record entitled “Out of the Ashes”. Since debuting, the band has toured tirelessly making a name for themselves in New England with extensive runs in all of North America and Europe.
Leaving Eden has toured the world sharing the stage with many of the biggest names in the music industry. Recently, the group has signed a worldwide deal with Dark Star Records (in association with Sony Music). Leaving Eden then headed to Chicago to track the effort with Johnny K. (Disturbed, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down). Completed with the mastering efforts by Brad Blackwood (Korn, Evanescence, Three Days Grace), the band has crafted what they believe to be their best album yet.
Vocalist Eve adds “I really love this record because it has very heavy moments as well as melodic ones. With the help of Johnny K, I really feel we captured the true essence of Leaving Eden this time around.”
Add to the mix the songwriting craftsmanship and guitar work of Eric Gynan coupled with a hard hitting backbeat of drummer Ryan PM, Leaving Eden is ready now more than ever to hit the pavement with their energetic live show and share with the world it’s positive message of hope and unity with Leaving Eden Album “Out of the Ashes”.
Leaving Eden has Toured The USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, 5 Finger DeathPunch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZTop, Puddle of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry (Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After, 40th Anniversary Woodstock) Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s, Alice in Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Michaels, Halestorm,Theory of a Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Hell Yeah, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel, Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, 7Dust, Sebastian Bach, SoulFly, Days of the New, NonPoint, DrowningPool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, MushroomHead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One eyed doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge) Lamb of god, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Blackstone Cherry, HOOKERS & BLOW Featuring GUNS N’ ROSES, QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P. Members, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack) Adelitas Way, Scott Stapp (The voice of Creed), Gemini Syndrome, Pop Evil, Ratt & many more..
In an Exclusive interview, we spoke with Eric Gynan of Leaving Eden about this and more, finding out about the group and their future.
IPM: What inspired you to write music like you do?
Both of my great-grandfather’s have their own orchestras and played the instruments. They both wrote the music. I got to believe that that’s where a lot comes from. We take a lot of our real life experiences and incorporate those into our songs. I often hear songs playing in my mind’s eye and can hear them completely so it’s my job to make sense out of that and turn it into reality.
IPM: Tell us about the other members of the band, and of your chemistry?
Eve is the lead singer and I do some singing also and play guitars some keys some bass. Ryan is the drummer Ryan Manning. He also does electronic sequencing. Eve is a rare breed in the she has a unique ability to absolutely connect with the crowd. It’s pretty amazing to watch live. Ryan is a heavy hitter with precision. He Nails it every time. Me I’m just the man behind the curtain.
IPM: What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music.
We have definitely had some people wanting to change our style to their interpretation of what they thought our music should be. I’ve had people tell me using a whiteboard drawing a picture of a box and saying well you’re out here and here and out here but you really should be in here pointing to the inside of the box. I get it there are some people that can use that kind of assistance. For us we had to learn on our own by watching others. I make sure to produce all of our albums so that creative element is maintained.
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent shows / performances- anything that stands out?
We played lots of very big concerts and have toured tirelessly. Besides concerts we like the biker festivals it’s always a fun time. Right now through Darkstar records/Sony Music, we got 3 songs in three different movies.
IPM: Your New Album, tell us about it.
Our new album will be finished soon and we can update you with all the information about that. We’re not sure when it’s going to be released.
IPM: Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
Nothing really besides the debauchery that goes on in the music business. Driving through the country you do end up on some very strange dirt roads leading you seemingly to nowhere. Places that you might see Leatherface. I was on stage once and the head of my security Bob Currier had recently passed away and I was jumping around like I normally do and I lost my footing and went backwards thinking that there was a wall behind me but it was just a tarp during an outdoor concert. Well I felt somebody push me back into play it was the strangest thing but of course there was nobody back there and I would have definitely fallen off and broke in my neck. I say Bob because that was the feeling that I got that he was the one who pushed me cuz he was always backstage watching everything.
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
Currently we’re on many radio stations throughout the country and overseas which is cool I really like the online radio community I think they do a lot for artists. Lots of them are doing it for free. Spotify is a big deal and again movies are awesome to be part of.
IPM: What would you like our readers to know about you, Why do you think that they would enjoy your music / performances
We are pretty down-to-earth and really enjoy getting out there and meeting as many people as we can. We are not egomaniacs or snobs, we’re pretty humble. We are very approachable. We like to share the energy with the crowd. We look at it like, look it’s a party, we’re all here to do the same thing, so look at us like the host of the party not hey look at me, look at me on stage I’m a Rockstar, me, me, me… as I believe any musicians songs are unique for us it’s that energy that makes for a good time. Leaving Eden is best heard and seen live.
All updated tour dates and other information can be found at the following links below: WWW.LEAVINGEDEN.COM
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