Leaving Eden: Leaving Their Mark

Earlier this month, New England rock band Leaving Eden released a brand new album, Dream With Me through Dark Star Records.

The group’s music is influenced by a wide variety of genres, and they draw inspiration from bands including Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Simon and Garfunkel, the Bee Gees, and Disturbed. Leaving Eden describes themselves as a “multi-genre band branded in rock/metal,” blending rock with folk, pop, alternative, and progressive music. Through their lyrics, the group draws attention to the “struggle between good and evil that’s inside every one of us.”

The group has toured throughout the USA, UK, and Canada with some of the largest national bands and artists in the world. Some of these big names include Alice Cooper, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, Lamb of God, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marilyn Manson, Motorhead, Papa Roach, Slayer, Steven Tyler, The Misfits, and ZZ Top.

Some of Leaving Eden’s tracks will be featured in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movies: Painkiller, Mayday, Lockdown, Penthouse, and Bloodthirst. Dream With Me, along with other Leaving Eden’s tracks will be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit.

The group is composed of five members: lead vocalist Eve, drummer Jake Gynan, guitarist/vocalist Eric Gynan, keyboardist/vocalist Alyssa Bailey White, and bassist/vocalist Rich Chouinard. I sent out some questions to Eric via email. Here are his responses, in his own words.

Does your band name, Leaving Eden have a special meaning or backstory?

Well we look at this entire planet as the garden of Eden and since it’s full of corruption and deceit wouldn’t it be nice to just go somewhere else for a little bit, Thus Leaving Eden. I guess it’s growing more pertinent as time goes on.

What is your creative process?

Well, I kind of get into a meditative state. Close my eyes, use my fingers reaching up kind of like antennas right?  I mean if a piece of metal can access a radio station then what can my 10 biological fingers access?  So I listen and it’s all there. My job is just simply to transfer that to a recording. I’ve said this before but I do believe that there are other artists who have passed on and maybe they still want to write so they find a vessel and utilize it. As crazy as that may sound.

Who has the biggest personality in your group?

I would say definitely Eve. She is so down to earth. She is approachable. She is funny and likes to laugh a lot. She genuinely cares for people. She’s just really a good person to be around. She inspires me.

Do you have a favorite venue or city? Where would you like to tour in the future?

We loved Europe. We found the people there were so kind, cool and very outgoing. I’ve said before, we’re from Boston Massachusetts, USA and you look at somebody and they look at you and say what the hell are you looking at?  You look at someone over in Europe and they say how are you doing mate?  We’ve been to 47 of the 50 states here in The USA. I would love to go back to Europe. I miss the people there.

What do you do when you have writer’s block or when you are in a creative rut?

I used to feel the writers block so to speak.  These days it never happens. In fact because of my process I literally have to shut out what I’m receiving because it’s too much. I wouldn’t have enough time in the day to write everything that comes to mind. I figure if it’s the cream of the crop, then it will rise to the top and come back again when I have the time to create.

What is your biggest challenge as a band and as a musician?

I think some of the challenges are a double edged sword. Let me explain. Let’s take technology and the fact that you can stream your music and the whole world can listen. Of course that’s a great thing. On the other side of it, that allows for over saturation and finding a needle in a haystack, or a diamond in the rough. Then there are these snakes in the business. Such terrible people that feed on musicians in there are a lot of them that will promise the world take your money and literally give you nothing in return. All you can do is learn a lesson from it and move on, otherwise it would make you hateful. As they say, Karma is a bitch. I don’t seek revenge, take matters into my own hands. I allow the universe to handle the undone’s.

What have you been doing during the quarantine and how have you been able to continue to practice and create music?  What projects are you currently working on?

We are fortunate enough to have our own recording studio so we normally wait until August to start recording. With the time down we have already started our next album. Thankfully it’s taking up most of my time.

What is the best advice you have ever received and what is a piece of advice you have for aspiring musicians?

Don’t forget who you are (Not a superstar) and always be respectful to other musicians while on tour. When touring, word gets around, believe me, so acting like a pre-Madonna will only hurt you in the long run. My advice to aspiring musicians would be to obviously practice, practice, practice that should be without saying but believe it or not some people think that they can just be a rockstar overnight. Get out of the basement and take as many gigs as you can. Don’t worry about the money. I’ve played so many free gigs and benefits. If you’re good enough, the money will come in time. When they say you’ve got to pay your dues I see it’s absolutely correct. Our motto has always been we will play anywhere, anyhow, anyway so long as we can. That philosophy has really put us in some incredible positions and opened the doors to many opportunities. You just never know what’s going to happen at any gig or who is going to be there that may be able to help you. Finally, latch on to a band that’s been doing it. As often as we can, we try and open the doors for other bands.

What changes would you like to see in the music industry?

Unfortunately there’s a lot of buy-ons, pay to play stuff. I mean I get it, it takes money and nothing is free. But if the industry could base talent on merit instead of how much money you have, that would be a good thing right?

What is something unique about your band or something you’d like people to know about you?

I think that we are a kind loving sort of band. We never forget where we’ve come from. Every gig is equally as important. We care about people. We are all down to earth. It’s not about, hey look at me up here on stage I’m a rockstar, me, me, me.  It’s about we are all here together to have a good time so the energy gets shared back-and-forth.  It’s not about being a narcissist and constantly needing approval from others etc.  it’s only about sharing the music and if you like it, that’s great, if you don’t that’s OK too.

Any last thoughts or shout-outs?

Of course without our friends we are nothing so we are grateful from each and every one!! Thanks much man it was a pleasure chatting with you here and I wish you peace and safety.

Stay updated with Leaving Eden’s releases and performances by checking out their social accounts:

Website: https://leavingeden.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leavingedenofficial/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bandleavingeden/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/leavingedenband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Leavingeden
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2C9xyC93LdvYdwnr7Swaet?si=EPU71-9jTj2l2B6pt18-SA

Special thanks to Stencil PR and Rogue PR for connecting me with Leaving Eden!

Published by Aika Ishimori

Aika Ishimori is an Arts Management student at the College of Charleston with a concentration in Music Industry and minors in Geology and Religious Studies. Although she is a classically trained violinist and enjoys strumming out her favorite tunes on guitar, she prefers engaging in the production side of the industry, rather than the performance side. In her free time, Aika enjoys creating visual art and practicing the martial art of Kendo, a form of Japanese sword-fighting.

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