I got the chance to speak with Andrew Wells, the singer of one of my favorite bands, Eidola. They’re signed to Blue Swan Records and are getting ready to release their second (first, since joining the Blue Swan family) proper full length LP in a month (5/05/15). For those who don’t know their music, I’ll post some after the interview. It’s time to get to know Eidola.
N: The name of your band struck me at first glance, and is the initial reason I had to hear what it sounded like. Please clear up the pronunciation of the name & where did the name Eidola come from?
N: How long have you been actively making music? When did you know that’s what you wanted to do as a career?
AW: “I started writing music at 13, but I didn’t really start taking it seriously until probably 17 or so. I distinctly remember seeing two shows that first summer I could drive. One was an ISIS show and the other was Circa Survive with Fear Before The March Of Flames, The Dear Hunter and a band called Ours. I remember being so floored by both of those shows and feeling so spiritually elevated by the experiences. After that Circa show was when I knew, without a doubt, that I would be pursuing this for the rest of my life. No matter what.”
N: I see you grew up in Utah, is that where you still live? Also, in what ways did your hometown influence your music?
AW: “Circa Survive, Dredg, Deftones, Dance Gavin Dance, Snarky Puppy, Animals As Leaders, The Doors, Thrice, ISIS, The Dear Hunter. I like a lot of different things, but those bands influence my writing a lot. I’ve been listening to From Indian Lakes, Icarus The Owl and Artifex Pereo a lot lately, those dudes are insanely good.”
AW: (he laughs) “I attended Berklee College of Music for like a semester, but no degree. I believe pursuing a career in art and music is essentially a similar social mechanism as going to college, with art being a lot more fun and openly creative. It’s like you work really hard for a really long time and take intern gigs at shitty bars in weird places where 10 people show up and no one takes you seriously. Sometimes you don’t make any money at all. You do that for years until you progress to the point of professionalism where people want to work with you and listen to what you have to say. Then the real work begins. ”
N: Other than your obvious love for music, what other art form are you partial to? Either as an artist or just an observer.
AW: “Very good observation! The title means a lot to me personally, as it was the only title we came up with that truly covers the scope of the album’s concept. The name comes from a physics term for a stage of entropy called the Degenerate Era, in terms of quantum mechanics there are a lot of theories surrounding this era in entropy that parallel what we cover conceptually throughout the album. We wanted to take those holistic ideas and apply them to the real world and our history as a species on earth, so combining those words and adding the Terra semblance helped further define the concept as a whole.”
N: What is the Eidola song writing process like?
N: I can’t stop listening to the first single, “The Great Deception”. Please tell me a little about what inspired that song.
AW: “Glad you like it man! “The Great Deception” is a meta-narrative in the Degeneraterra concept, and a lot of different things inspired the lyrics of that song for me. The song talks about this story of Marchosias, a marquis of hell in the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum. The story goes on to say that he belonged to Dominations (mentioned in the De Coelesti Hierarchia) but was cast out after being bound by King Solomon.”
N: I really appreciate that your band has kept it’s signature sound, yet let yourselves evolve. Tell me about the tour you’re about to start. And what’s coming after that? Can we look forward to Eidola headlining shows?
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Watch the video for “The Great Deception”, the first single off “Degeneraterra” (out 5/05/15) below
Eidola – “The Great Deception Of Marquis Marchosias”
I am a man of conviction
Good intentions and humility
You are a liar, with no remorse
A boy with no solidity
I dream bigger and brighter
Softer and louder
Broader and more in tune
To delve into the conscious space
That is my self indulgent swoon
Have I ever steered you wrong?
Have I ever done you harm?
All I wanted was the best for us,
But you’re still sounding the alarm
Have I given you anything short,
Of everything essential
In showing you your potential?
You will take all you want from me
Oh, the innocence I lack
You will take all you want from me
But I will take it all back in the end
I’ll never lay down and die
For I am all that is love
All that is light
I’ll never compromise
For I was born of this world
To take back the night
Mortality is cyclical
We cringe at every yaw
But finality is infinite
And universal law
Filmed and edited by D9 / D9robot.com
Concept by Eidola
Andrew Wells – Vocals
James Johnson – Bass
Brandon Bascom – Guitar/Vocals
Matt Dommer – Guitar/Vocals
Matt Hansen – Drums
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