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INTERVIEW: Ecclesiast

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been fantastic! Just now hitting the road to go to Urbana, IL and play AudioFeed Fest a the Champaign County Fairgrounds, so we’re pretty excited for that.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “High Horse”?

The track, “High Horse” is a very aggressive and honest track, depicting the fall of man. Right off the bat, the lyrics are, “Look where your arrogance has led you, just look at how far you strayed.” This single line in itself really shows how man can fall so far off the beaten path, and how one must come to the realization that they must return to a more positive light, whether that be in attitude, or spirituality.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Within each of our own lives, there had come points where we struggled with the idea of God, and our faith, but in the end, we came to terms with ourselves that the reason we felt this way, was because of false ideals, because of people who had made Christianity out to be the bad guy. When we finally came to the crossroads, we realized that God would be a huge part of our lives and what we do, and live to serve, on a daily basis.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?

We’re doing a lyric video for track number three off of our E.P. titled “From the Heart.” We’re really excited to show you guys, and are truly grateful to be working with Scott Rudd, of SRFilm.co.uk

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the record after the band?

After mulling around several options and different name choices, we eventually decided to name the E.P. after the band’s name, not for lack of a better name, but really, just because of what it stands for. “Ecclesiast”, means “From the heart.” What we want to do as a band, is really create and put out music that comes from the very depths of our souls. We wanted to give something very viscera honest to God. So, in the end, we felt that the E.P. being what it is, would be better suited to be named as such, due to the nature behind its meaning.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was great! We all work together so well, we just basically bounced ideas and opinions back and forth until we came up with a really solid sound that each of us were pleased with.

What role does your faith plays in this record?

Our walk of faith and journey through life embodies itself in a character that goes through his own journey, through the E.P. from track to track.

What aspect of your personal and spiritual life did you get to explore with this material?

With this material, it really explains our lives through the mindset of a character created through the lyrics. If you listen to the album, beginning with the last track and ending with the first, you can really see where we were in certain times of our lives. “High Horse” begins stating the fall of man, the turning away from what once was, and what could have been, as far as the character’s relationship with God. You then have “The Plea”, where, in the chorus it very plainly states, “Father, father, father- please forgive me.” There is a sense of regret and disappointment with one’s self, and a fear of not being accepted into the family of Christ again, as the character repeatedly cries, “Don’t turn your back on me.” In track three, this character starts putting his ducks in a row, where, because of his past decisions, and future endeavors to better himself, confidence that was once lost, begins to resurface. The main theme of this song is “The demons in my head, they will leave me for dead.” These demons are very much so, self-doubt. Without the realization that a lower sense of self will keep us from achieving or dreams and aspirations, we will never progress and move forward. We must push on. This leads straight into the second track, “Stand Up.” This is one of the more aggressive songs on the album, where the song is really focused on this one central point. We as a people, as a nation, as a generation need to stand up and fight for what we believe in. Don’t allow others to tell you that you will never become something- that you will never succeed. The impossible is within the palms of your hands, and all it takes is for you to take the reins and ride with it. And finally, we have the first track on the album, “Follow Me.” This is a very honest, very humbled, and very sincere song, where the chorus states, “Follow me into the light, you will feel secure. Promise me you’ll take my hand.” Differing from the other songs on the album, the chorus here is God, speaking to his people, basically saying that there is hope. There is faith. There is love.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now, we’re currently on our way to play a three day festival in Urbana, IL called AudioFeed Fest, and will be leaving for Pontiac, MI, August 13to play DirtFest, with bands such as Asking Alexandria, Killswitch Engage, Born of Osiris, Attila, and many more!

What else is happening next in Ecclesiast’s world?

We’re always writing, always improving, and always striving to deliver the best that we can. What we do, we want you guys to be as much a part of this as we are. Feel free to message us, or come to and hangout. We’d love to meet you, on a face-to-face basis, and really get to know you, not only as fans, but as lifelong friends.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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