Nightmares Of Eve gets interviewed and talks about their "Bite The Pillow" single, crazy show stories and much more.
From: Harrisburg, PA
Sounds like: Hard Rock/Metal
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Nightmares Of Eve” and is there any meaning behind it?
Dominic: Everyone in the band has grown up with music around them from family members playing a instrument or being in a band. We formed the band because we wanted to make music that was different then what's in our local scene now. Everyone in Nightmares Of Eve has their own style of playing so we put it together and came up with our own personal sound. I also came up with the name Nightmares Of Eve. People always say rock and metal is considered the devils music so after trying to figure out a name no one had I thought back to when the snake convinced eve to eat the apple and cause havoc in the world we live in today. So we say we are the nightmares that eve released and call ourselves Nightmares Of Eve.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from the "Bite The Pillow" single?
Dominic: "Bite The Pillow" is a song about being in a relationship with someone that you put years in with and they never once cared about how you felt. So if you wanna any advice from the song then here it is. Never put time and love in to someone that will never love you in return. You should never question yourself or the relationship your in. If you have to force it, then maybe you just aren't meant to be.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
Dominic: You can expect lots of energy at live shows. It doesn't matter if the place is packed to the door or 5 people are in the room. We love performing and sharing our music with people.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
George: "Home". No contest. I lose myself in it, every single time.
Alex: "Conquer". I started out playing punk; really fast and in your face. "Conquer" has both of those characteristics which take me back to my teenage years. Plus, the breakdown is always fun.
Dominic: I personally don't have a favorite I like them all. But if I had to choose I would say "Conquer". The song is so energetic and in your face.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
Alex: I’d have to say Godsmack. I've always been a fan of theirs and my wife’s mom and uncle have known Shannon Larkin since he was in Wrathchild.
Dominic: I would love to tour with Slaves, they seem like a bunch of cool guys to party with.
George: Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is a remarkable human being, and they've produced a wealth of solid music. They put on a hell of a show, too.
6. Any crazy show stories?
Dominic: We haven't really had anything insane happen at shows. But our drummer had a loose snare drum stand and played the Otep show with the snare drum on his knee. And I decided to jump of the stage on the break down of our song "Conquer" to mosh with the crowd. So all depends on what you think crazy is lol.
George: There was one show, pretty early on, where the crowd was pretty small and there was this one guy dancing like no one was watching. The man moshed with the force of a hundred men. It was glorious, seeing the way our music got him moving, in a crowd of total strangers, he went nuts.
7. What’s your take on the current state of rock/metal?
The current state of rock and metal is the same b******t that the rest of the world deals with. There are a few major leaders, innovators, icons, and then a massive collection of imitators. The typical band gets together and picks something that they want to sound like. In today's scene, we see lots of bands saying that they sound like A7x, or Nirvana, or Slipknot, and they try their damnedest to bring in the crowds that listen to those kinds of music by being cheap copies of the ones they idolize. And they oft do well enough, but they lack the flair of the originals, they lack the true creative drive that they need to really make waves. You hear too often of bands claiming to break the mold-of trying to propel the genre down a new path-but rarely are they anything they claim to be. They might be fantastic performers and instrumentalists, but their work lacks that...je ne sais quoi that just sets apart a genuine visionary. I want to see people going out there and being different.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?
Dominic: Our scene locally and state wide has a lot of metalcore bands. Plus we have a lot of cover band's or tribute bands. There's a strong bluegrass scene and the typical underground punk crowd, too. We don't fit any of the molds that define our music scene, and the fact that we stand out from that is the reason we are where we are and why we're climbing.
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
George: I'll start with the easier half of that question. Digital downloads of music are fantastic, they're convenient for everyone involved. It's easy to sell digitally, and our music goes right onto people's cell phones, to be carried with them wherever they go. People we'll never meet, in places far flung, can buy our music in places we'd never have been able to get physical copies of our music onto shelves. Digital is a godsend for bands who are up and coming.
Online piracy is a huge deal, right now. And the real problem is for the small time content creators. We're out here making music and every dime counts when gear is expensive and 90% of venues that will host you are pay-to-play. Fans who are downloading our music illegally may love what we do, but they're not giving us the support we need to continue plying our craft. "I like your stuff, but not enough to buy it," strikes me as an insult. On the flip side of that, however, is the fact that people who download our music illegally are still going to be listening to our songs and-more importantly-sharing them. To me, personally, my art matters more to me than the money ever will. I want to spread the music, I want people to be moved. And as long as I can scratch up the funds to keep playing shows, I don't mind losing profits to people who are spreading the word. I'll consider the couple cents lost an investment in advertising.
Alex: That’s kind of a difficult question. I downloaded music when I was younger so I can’t be against it. I typically downloaded four or five tracks from a band that I’d heard on the radio to see if their album was any good. If I liked, let’s say, three of those songs, I’d go and buy the album. So it’s not really stealing, it’s borrowing. On the other hand, there's those people that download everything with no intentions of owning physical copies. However, if it gets them to purchase a concert ticket and buy a t-shirt, then I suppose it's an even trade.
10. What’s next for Nightmares Of Eve?
Dominic: Nightmares Of Eve will be headlining a show October 1st (at The Champ in Lemoyne, PA). We also will be working on a music video, and we're currently cranking out new material for an album that will drop mid-2017. We're going to keep it coming. Watch out.
11. Any shoutouts?
Alex: I'd like to give a shoutout to Justin Chard of Ella Kaye (also members of the FTD family). We went to high school together and had mutual friends which resulted in a very brief musical collaboration.
Dominic: I would like to thank our fans. They are the reason why we are getting the shows we play. Without them we wouldn't be as far as we are now. I also would like to thank my family and friends for never once telling me that I shouldn't chase my dream and standing by me the whole time. And last but not least. I would like to thank the guys I have with me in the band. Without the dedication they put into the band people wouldn't know who we are and we would of never left the garage.