INTERVIEW: Theatrical Metalcore Band EUNOIA

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

Hi and thanks for having me! Despite the year 2020, I’ve been good! Keeping busy making music and art!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tonight Is The Night”?

Yeah! Tonight’s The Night is a step in a new direction for us. In addition to being subject matter that we all love (dexter), we thought this could be a cool song to experiment with and show people our new sound. As a song, it’s a little crazier than anything we’ve done before and certainly a lot more fun!

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

Well, not necessarily a single event. A friend of the band had convinced me to watch Dexter at the beginning of the quarantine back in March 2020. I had nothing else to do so basically I binged through the entire show in two weeks. Around halfway through the show I sorta got struck with the right amount of inspiration, and thought that the premise for the show would be perfect for a song. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The process behind the video was actually very fun. I went through and made/collected the props and then the knife was 3D printed by a friend of mine. I put a lot of work into making everything look as convincing as possible so it would feel just like a short Dexter episode. Then I asked my friend and local videographer, Drake Whelton (White Knuckle Films), if he could help us out for a few hours. The entire music video was shot in about 5 hours. The part that took the longest was making sure that we had enough footage of the kill room “ritual” as possible. Our poor drummer, Ryan, was attached to that table for almost three hours and endured all the abuse I threw at him. What a trooper. Then I took all the footage of from Drake and threw the edit together in a couple of days. What’s really funny, is that: the day after I finished the music video edit, they announced the 9th season of Dexter.

What lead you guys to draw inspiration from the show DEXTER?

The show is such a fun concept, it lent itself well to being adapted into a song. Dexter as a character, as well as a show, has immense darkness battling with the themes of a loving family man. So, why not write a crazy metalcore song that starts off with a beautiful piano piece and ends in a crazy, unruly breakdown? Dexter has its light and heavy side, much like Eunoia does. 

With so many seasons and so many lore – what did you guys choose to focus on?

Lyrically the song is just about his constant battle between being this king of serial killers, while also being a family man and having to hide what he really is. We just wanted to encapsulate the theme of the entire show, instead of a specific moment. We start with the words “Tonight’s The Night,” which are uttered by Dexter very frequently, and then we end up in the kill room, as all his victims eventually do. 

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for this song was the fastest any Eunoia song had ever come together. This song came in the middle of writing new material, but I decided to hit pause on those songs to focus on this one, and the rest of the other guys agreed that this was definitely worth focusing on. It perfectly shows just about every side of Eunoia that there is. The heavy side, the lighter side, the theatrically with the production. It has everything that makes us, us. 

What role does Detroit play in your music?

Detroit is such a competitive music scene. So many bands in our genre have come from here so we sorta see that as fuel under our butts to stand out more. No band in Michigan sounds like we do. The epic orchestral arrangements that I write for every song help us have this unique and massive sound that makes us stick out quite a bit. 

Being a theatrical band – how do you guys go on translating this your music? Do you take this aspect in consideration when working on new music?

Everything that we do needs to be theatrical/cinematic in some way. When writing new material, we think of just how big it will sound at the end, how powerful it could sound live, and we always add the extra production into our music to make the songs sound bigger fundamentally. We want to be able to listen to the song and have it feel like an awesome movie experience, and then hopefully translate that feeling to the live setting. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Of course! We are always working. The writing for this song actually interjected itself while I was writing other material. We’ve got a really good idea of where we want to go with our next release and we just want to make sure that it’s perfect. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind? What else is happening next in EUNOIA’s world?

I’ve been toying with a few names for our next release but nothing is set in stone just yet. As far as a release, not so much. We want to make sure these songs are perfect. They are all killer songs, and we want people to love them as much as we do!

Eunoia - Tonight's The Night (Official Music Video)

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