INTERVIEW: Chords of Eve

How would you classify your music?

Our sound is a sort of Futuristic Psych Pop. It is the merging of human and machine, melting into the minds of those who have felt the need to be both flesh and warmth as well as steel and strength. It’s chill but also strong, empowering and defiant.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

With so many amazing musicians in the world and here in Texas, it is hard to limit the answer to 5. One of the biggest influences on our sound is Portishead from  Bristol, England . They pioneered cool for Alternative music, combining the organic feel of jazz with the calculated accuracy of electronic music and synths. More modern influences include Phantogram and K. Flay, with their dreamy vocals and haunting tones. And there is always the sad beauty of Lana Del Rey, as she tells her stories in such a way that it makes the listener feel as if they themselves have experienced it first hand. We also dig the style of duos like the Kills and the White Stripes, how they work with each other and the machines that help them create.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

A sense of belonging. We want people to feel as if someone understands them, that they have been seen. Our songs touch on the very human topics of suicide, mental health, lonliness and overcoming it. Often people are expected to bury their feelings and act a certain way, which leads many to feeling disconnected from other people. We want those who listen to our music to feel connected, even in times where they could feel the most isolated.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Our city is full of underrated talent. The artists here are some of the best you will ever find and the generes span so many different cultures and backgrounds. It is also home to some of the country’s largest music festivals and  tech companies, and events merging the two. It hosts events like South by SouthWest, Austin City Limits and various futurist tech summits. With all of that variety and influence you see some really exciting collaboration and creation

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I was sitting in a smokey dive bar, the kind where the light is so dim that everything exists within a warm, glowing halo and you can never actually see the floor. It’s as if you were just floating along with every step you take across this darkened void. There was a woman playing the piano and singing in a very low voice. The music was sad but beautiful, as if you were being told the story of war through the eyes of a survivor. There wasn’t a huge audience, but the people that attended were so drawn in to the music as if she was talking only to them. This was one of the best shows and also what I love most about playing live music.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

The song “Evelyn”.

I’ve come to recognize among people around me a common unspoken feeling of loneliness, not being good for the world, or maybe just not mattering at all. This song seeks to capture that dull persistent anxiety or sadness so many of us feel. Its is titled in honor of a woman that no had ever heard of, until she jumped to her death from the top of the empire state building and her suicide photograph was featured in the May 1947 issue of Time Magazine. The song is about the letter that she left to her family and fiance, and the struggles that we as human beings face with mental illness and general feelings of self worth and connectedness. Most people have either dealt with these types of issues themselves or know someone close to them that has and it’s never going to get better if we are afraid to talk about it.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

The last year has been a lot of trial an error in learning more about the theory of music, the stress and anxiety of pursuing an artistic career, searching for inspiration. When I write music, my goal is to write a story. To create a world that while similar to our own, may be surrounded in some fantasy, or an exaggeration of a time we live through. The story of Chords Of Eve takes place in a futuristic, post apocalypse type world similar to that of Metropolis if it were to exist after Mad Max. Then these characters tell our real life stories of sadness, anxiety, loneliness through their eyes in their world.  And truthfully, had I not gone through so much of the chaos that I have, I may never have found this sound or been forced out of the cage we often put ourselves into, without even realising it. Chords Of Eve is a completely different sound than most of my past music but the message is always the same. You are strong enough to get through this.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I would love to meet Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga), play a gig with BB King, write a song with Grimes, have a drink with Sarah and Josh (Phantogram). They all seem like such interesting people with many stories to tell, both of life and of music. Their backgrounds are so very different but their impact is very similar.

What’s next for you? 

With our debut album of “Dear Engineer” coming out April 10th 2020, we feel like our journey is just beginning. Out of chaos came the need for something new, something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is to make music that people connect to, support our community of both artists and fans. Great things are accomplished by great numbers and we will continue to grow from here. The future just keeps on coming.

Chords Of Eve is an American music project, created in 2019 and consisting of multi-instrumentalist Atlas Cage, featuring various female vocalists and the debut of vocalist Casey Ardmore. The band defines their music as pop, electronica, alternative and trip hop, and have described their sound as “futuristic psych pop”.

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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  1. Thanks so much for the depth of this interview. It helps understand the music.

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