Thanks for having us. We’ve been pretty busy, we toured for most of the summer, followed warped tour for a couple of our off days. Our focus has been pushing this new EP we just released and now we just released a music video for the single ‘Priceless Faces’.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Priceless Faces”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yeah, it’s a little different from the other tracks on the EP. Much more of a lighter tone. We (Caige and I) actually wrote this at the end of 2014. We had just played a festival in Charlotte, hosted by the local radio station. It was our first festival so it was a bit exhilarating. We didn’t really know how it would go, if people would even watch us, but we played this huge stage. We weren’t used to having that much space, almost questioned whether we deserved it. So, the song stemmed from this exhilarating feeling of moment of finding a place in this musical world. Seeing faces in the crowd we had never seen before, having to prove ourselves, and making lasting relationships in the process. I’m actually still really close friends with a few of the kids we met that day. Some have just started their first year or are about to go to college. So, it was cool someone asked me advice about what to expect on their first day of classes.
How was the film experience?
The environment was so chill. It was a fairly early morning. Had very little sleep. But, we drove to location and once we set foot on step it was just work mode. Everyone was ready to just get the ball rolling. My Brother-In-Law, Jonathan Ho, is actually the one who directed and helped with the concept. We also worked with Brian Lang; he was the DP. The exterior shots were probably the toughest because it was a really hot day. Also, singing along to the track while filming was tough because we sped up the track 125% to accomplish some of the shots in the video. That took some getting used to!
The single comes off your new album Alive – what’s the story behind the title?
We decided to go with naming it after the first track, which that song is kind of a summary of the stories told in the following tracks.
How was the recording and writing process?
We had 4 out of 5 tracks pretty much done before it was time to record. ‘Alive’ was the one that we expanded on in studio.
What was it like to work with James Paul Wisner and how did that relationship develop?
Working with James was great because he had so many great suggestions and tips. He really helped us shape what the EP is now. It was a team effort which is great because when minds are working together, it’s just going to make the whole process flow much more easily.
So, he had reached out to us. A friend who had worked with him previously told him about us. He was impressed with what he had heard so far and felt there was more potential there. It was great though because he wasn’t trying to sell us anything. He really just wanted to lend a helping hand. It was a mutual symbiotic relationship. He was honest and straightforward with us and we loved his willingness to work with us.
How much did he get to influence the album?
The songs were written already but he helped us shape the sound and helped us achieve what we wanted from the songs.
How has music have serve you as therapy?
As a kid I would always have panic attacks, which have followed me into adulthood. And, I had never had the opportunity to see anyone about it, so I grew a habit of writing. In elementary school, I would improv songs and sing to myself to calm my nerves. Eventually I started writing it down, as I got older, I learned more about structure. I would expunge the bad feelings onto paper and hoped that they would go away. I actually wrote ‘Alive’ amidst a panic attack. I’ve done that with quite a few songs.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I get most of my inspiration from everyday life. Whether it’s mine, someone close to me, or someone I barely know that I’ve related to in some way. It’s all pretty random but I’m an emotional writer. If I feel something strongly enough, I take that as my body alerting me to write about it. It may not always turn into a song, but majority of the time it does.
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now we are in Florida for a few days, we have a couple shows. Then we are just playing some shows around our home state. You can find all of our upcoming shows on our Facebook, which is linked to Bandsintown. Also, our Instagram and Twitter. Top 3 ways to find out where we are and when.
What else is happening next in Eyes Eat Suns’ world?
Other than playing a few shows here and there, we are just writing, writing, and writing some more. We are working on some more stuff that we can’t fully disclosed to you, yet! Again, follow our social medias to find out more.