A band made up of five self-proclaimed, “fine young gentlemen from the Twin Cities, who are influenced by many genres—from southern metal, to post-hardcore,” Eyes Like Tides will play THE GARAGE Saturday for Day 2 of the Fancy Ugly Sweater Winter Explosion! with Ocellus and others.
Their other upcoming shows include:
Jan 2nd, Station 4 with Vessel For Tomorrow and The Number Seven. (EP release show)
Jan 5th, Redbird Music Store in St. Croix Wisconsin, with From Concept To Chronicle and Sorakujira.
March31st, April 1st-3rd. Tour MN, IA, IN, WI.
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Eric Boelter – Vocals
Bret Demory – Guitar
Matthew Espinosa – Guitar
Mano Holgin – Drums
Chris Larson – Bass
THE GARAGE: What’s your sound and where does it come from (influences)?
Bret: We are a mix between post-hardcore and southern metal. All of our general influences are bands like Every Time I Die, Vanna, Parkway Drive, This Runs Through, Stick To Your Guns.
THE GARAGE: You have an EP coming out in a few weeks. Tell us about it.
Bret: It took months to get this ready, and there were some complications, but in the end this E.P. turned out great, thanks to Diamond Recording Studio. All of the songs are kind of different styles, but it has given us a good idea of our future writing styles. It’s a pretty decent mix of music to just listen to and then music to throw down to.
THE GARAGE: What are one or two songs you play that you’re most excited about? Why?
Eric: I’m really excited for people to here “Hammer Down Boys.” It’s a really great song that is easy to move and get down to. Also “Alligator’s Fighting.” The lyrics I wrote for this song were really meaningful to me—they mixed perfectly with the instrumental.
Mano: “I Zigged When I Should Have Zagged,” because it’s really different and more complicated than our other songs, and I have fun playing it.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE?
Bret: A really high-energy performance, we are stoked for this show, and we have some Fancy Ugly Sweaters to show off.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Eric: Five monkeys jumping around in the tiniest room on the second floor of a house.
Bret: Pretty much what Eric said, but with some progress. We have a good time when we play, but we work hard to get all of our songs the way we want them, before we play them. There also tends to be some video game breaks that last a lot longer than they should. Currently we’ve been playing Super Smash Brothers Melee.
THE GARAGE: How does your band you write songs?
Matt: Bret and I generally write our guitars before we bring it to practice, then we figure out bass and drums—tweak a lot of things to make it flow and sounds as
original as possible—make it our style. Then we all work out vocals, to fill it in the best. Eric usually comes prepared with some awesome lyrics so it’s all a pretty easy flowing process.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Eric: See The Rise, Six Feet Of Silence, Vessel For Tomorrow and To Release. These guys all make great original music and all deserve more attention. To Release just released an awesome single last week. It’s actually amazing.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Eric: Currently we are listening to Matt destroy the drums (in a bad way), but other than that, Surrounded By Monsters and Vanna.
Bret: Circa Survive and Surrounded By Monsters.
Matt: Every Time I Die.