Photo by Critical Mass Photography
We managed to catch up with EofE after their set at Camden Rocks 2015 (you can see our photos and review of the event here). Here’s what they had to say.
Hey guys, how are you all doing? How was the show for you?
Tom (Harris, vocals): We are great thanks. The show was a lot of fun, it’s our first time playing the festival.
Dan (Bremner, lead guitar/vocals): We have played a few other venues in Camden, including the Underworld.
Nicky (Waters, drums): Camden is always a good crowd, we love playing here.
We actually managed to catch you at the Underworld with Glamour Of The Kill. What was that tour like?
Tom: The tour was fantastic. That was probably the best show of the tour for us, we loved it. Plus it was touring with Glamour, so that was great.
Nicky: We were actually with them last night as well playing the Corporation. That was really good.
For those that might not have heard of you yet, how would you describe your sound?
Tom: Sort of modern British rock, with melodic choruses.
Dan: Easy to sing-a-long to stuff, chantable, modern British melodic rock, basically fun time music haha.
So we gather that most of you are from the West Midlands. Apart from Nicky. You’re from Newcastle?
Nicky: That’s correct. We are mostly from the Dudley area and I’m from the North-East.
Is there any pressure or expectations on you guys because you’re from the spiritual home of heavy metal and Black Sabbath? Is that a help or a hinderance?
Luke (Bradley, bass): I mean I guess so. When you say you’re from the West Midlands and the Birmingham area, people do mention it. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing, it’s the same with any big city that has a big band behind it. You just have to cherish it really.
Who would you say are your musical influences?
Tom: We all share some influences but we all have our own favourites too. Mine include Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy.
Dan: G ‘n’ R, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot and also some country stuff.
Luke: Young Guns, Oasis, Motley Crue, Stone Roses, Black Sabbath.
Reece (Luke, rhythm guitar/vocals): A mix of everything really. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, a lot of the older stuff but a varied mix of bands really.
Nicky: I’m a massive Deftones fan, as well as the new stuff like Young Guns.
What about Green Day? Luke, we can see that you have a little bit of a Billie-Joe look going on.
Luke: I guess I do, I don’t even know if I like them. I like that one album. Perhaps I could start a tribute band.
What’s the latest news on your debut album?
Tom: It’s all good. We just finished recording last week. It’s at the mixing stage right now and we are aiming for sometime in August for a release.
Reece: Yeah we’ve had a couple of the tracks back so far and it’s all sounding good.
Nicky: We spent five weeks in Manchester doing it at Red City Studio working with Dave Jones, who also worked with Heaven’s Basement. Just chucking that in there haha. It’s been a really good experience.
I guess with a debut album, you must be getting that strange feeling that in the not too distant future, you’ll be seeing it on record store shelves?
Nicky: I hadn’t even thought about that to be honest.
Reece: It’s really not something we have ever considered, but it will be amazing.
Tom: Well how long have we been together as a five piece now?
Luke: Not long as a five piece.
Dan: It feels like we’ve achieved a lot in a really short space of time. Done a fair few tours and written an album. Myself and Nicky both have day jobs that have helped a lot because they are very flexible for the band.
So you guys are playing Download festival on the Friday. Are you excited?
Nicky: Yeah we are very excited. Three of us haven’t even been to the festival before.
Luke: So the first time these lot are going, they’re playing it haha.
Nicky: We’re on the Friday at 1pm. It’s a good time for us and everyone is just getting there the previous night all ready for the bands. Much better than Sunday morning when everyone’s feeling “eurgghh” haha.
Dan: Plus we can just have a drink after the set and watch the other bands.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Download after your set?
Reece: I’m going to try and catch as many bands as I can, I don’t really have a favourite I want to see.
Tom: For me it’s definitely the headliners, Slipknot, Muse and Kiss. Motley Crue as well because it might be their last UK date ever.
So as your album is nearly out, what lies in the future for EofE?
Tom: Mostly just touring with the new album under our belts. We did a headline tour last year, so to that again and hopefully head over to Europe as well.
Reece: Yeah Europe is definitely the next ambition. If you’d have asked me six months ago, I’d have said Download. We’ve heard so many good stories about Europe, to experience that first hand would be amazing.
Nicky: Plus touring with the new album will be good. All the songs we played today are on the album. So it’s nice to give them some life.
How does it feel to have fans waiting outside the show, as you do today, just to talk to you?
Luke: It’s surreal. We’ve seen some of them on other tours with other bands and they’re really loyal. We really appreciate that.
Tom: A lot of the fans we see don’t just come to their local shows either. They come from all over the place.
Nicky: We always make the effort to go and talk to them too. Because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.
Dan: You always get the regular faces but like today, there were a lot of new ones too. It’s fantastic seeing them.
Interview conducted jointly by Colm Browne and Karen Young.