Interview with Empire Magazine

Eden Shadow have been featured in the recent addition of German Prog Magazine, Empire.
Here is an English Translation of the interview held up with Ryan about how ES formed, Phases and future plans.

How was the band formed?

Eden Shadow was formed in late 2011. Alex, Tom and myself met at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford, UK. Alex and me crossed paths quite early on and decided to jam together, playing lots of Rush and Dream Theater. As we set out to look for a drummer, Tom emailed me and it only took a cup of coffee for us to realize how identical our music taste is! From there we have an EP and album to our name.

Describe the creative process behind ‘Phases’

‘Phases’ like “Hail” was initially a solo endeavor. I started writing it in 2009 around the age of 16. At that time, I was obsessed with records and became very fixated on the idea of making one. I started demoing it at high school and gained some attention from local press. I was lucky enough for Will Mackie of White Knight Records to stumble across my work and he and Rob Reed have been on board supporting me since. I then found Eden Shadow in 2011, finished writing the songs in 2012 and continued to record and produce the album until it’s release in 2014.

What impact has your signing with White Knight Records had on Eden Shadow?

Having White knight records has been a spectacular blessing. Will and Rob have help me transform my childhood dream of making records into something real. Similarly to being around industry professionals in college, we have had a broad range of advise in many different ways. We also have had the opportunity to connect with people worldwide, beforehand I wouldn’t have known where to start with finding people who would be interested in our music so I am very thankful to have had the right people helping us.

What would you say are Eden Shadow’s main influences?

There are some typically obvious influences. All three of us grew up to Dream Theater, Rush and Porcupine Tree. We also love the really early progressive stuff, Close To the Edge, In the court of the Crimson King and Selling England by the Pound are all records we hold in extremely high regard. However, we listen to anything and everything, Jazz, Metal, Electronica, Trip hop, Classical. Having such an eclectic taste is healthy I would say and it is an ever exciting voyage for us to discover and be inspired by different music.

Is Phases a concept album?

In some ways it is, but I would only go so far to say partially. It is about phases that people go through in their lives during the whole process of finding out about whom they are, especially when their young. Be it depression, desires or relationships, they all ultimately shape you in one-way or another. I wrote the album in a way that hopefully becomes more optimistic track by track.
One of the ways in which I love to write music is with a sense of narrative and visual to which the mood of a song develops or transforms. It’s a quality that makes this genre so appealing to me!

And Nik Turner features as a guest for one of the tracks…

Indeed, we are truly lucky to have him feature, Tom supported Hawklords with another band and at the time, I was looking to get someone to do a flute solo for ‘Imagination’. He recorded it for us within two weeks and I was blown away. It truly is mesmerizing and I am ever thankful to Nik.

What is your future plans?

At the moment, Tom and me have university degrees to finish, and Alex is also pursuing his own career, which leaves us all quite busy. However, we have rehearsed as much as possible and there are plans to perform live more prolifically next year. Additionally, we are looking into releasing a special Vinyl edition of ‘Phases’. Being a younger band that holds a belief in music as an artistic experience, we want to make that statement from the start. There is so much writing happening too so plenty of new material to come in time! We want to be an active band on all fronts. Push the metal to the floor and give our fans plenty to enjoy. Standing still isn’t in the Eden Shadow dictionary!

Empire magazine is now available from Progressive Promotion Records in Germany.

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Eden Shadow May Newsletter

It has been nearly four months since we released our debut album, ‘Phases’ and over that time, we have been truly humbled by the response we have had. It has been and still is a great pleasure emailing and getting in touch with everyone to talk about the album and see that so many people from all over the world are enjoying our music so much…thank you!

Over recent weeks, things have gone a little quiet, mainly due to mine and Tom’s commitment as students and Alex’s work commitments. For those who are interested, I have been locked away writing about the role of concept and extended song structure in progressive rock (with particularly in-depth study of classic masterpieces such as Close to the Edge by Yes and Starless by King Crimson to newer pieces such as Tool’s The Grudge and Steven Wilson’s The Holy Drinker). Besides Eduard Macan’s ‘Rocking the classics’ and few other books, there is little literature on the subject of progressive music. Especially that which covers newer albums at a time where progressive music seems to be growing in terms of its fan base and following; consisting of both the generation that grew up in the 70′s and the younger fans including ourselves! (Or Eden ‘Babies’ to quote a reviewer!) This leaves me with the desire to publish it on my blog, I will let you know of its arrival!

Tom on the other hand has been busy in his synth lab, mistaking patch cables for strawberry laces and finding space in his studio amongst his drum kit, desktop computer and modular synths to build a cassette Mellotron! It will be very likely that this Mellotron will appear on the new record.

Speaking of the NEW record, we are working on the follow-up to ‘Phases’ and have been for a while.

‘Phases’ as an album is in some ways a solo effort from myself, it is cerebral and the music of someone young and naive…for that I am very proud of it; but in contrast the new album shows a much more collective effort from the band. We can’t give away too much just yet, but we will tell you that is certainly going to be much more arcane, raw and ambitious. We are looking forward to continuing this journey of improving as musicians, and seeing where this new record takes us!

Touring isn’t entirely practical for many bands today, and as much as we love playing live, it is quite a challenge for us at the moment. We will be playing live occasionally but for now, the focus is going to be on the new record.

In other news, we are preparing to release a range of T-shirts as Eden Shadow merchandise designed by Katy Burgess and will be announcing them in the coming weeks and where they are available to order.

And finally, throughout the year, whilst we work on the new album, we will be collecting a series of bootleg recordings as we play live to release them for your listening pleasure on Soundcloud.

We look forward to updating you as we make progress.

Prog on,

Ryan

ES

 

 

Eden Shadow Live with Stone Giants, Sworn Amongst and Cyclamen

Eden Shadow shall be performing a live set at the Star Inn, Guildford on wednesday 19th March supporting Cyclamen on their UK tour, promoted by progressive promotions. Also on the bill is Stone Giants and Sworn Amongst. 

Eden Shadow will be playing a set comprising of material taken from their debut album ‘Phases’

Here is the poster with all the details included. 

For more information, you can visit the event page on Progressive Promtion’s facebook page.

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