We recently sat down with a bunch of artists from the Stencil Label, to find out what makes them tick. Our next chat was with Boston regulars Leaving Eden!
By Jane Howkins
How is 2018 treating you so far?
Great! I’m Eric Gynan, co-founder of the band Leaving Eden from the Boston area in New England USA. It’s my pleasure to talk to you today. 2018 has brought great opportunities such as movies and Hollywood. We’ve had quite a busy year! We now have an official release date for the new Leaving Eden Live Xtreme Rockumentary Blu-ray and DVD that is to be released worldwide on 09/07/18 via SGL Entertainment and Dark Star Records
Also, our new album, Descending, was recorded and ris eady for release by Dark Star Records/Sony Music Worldwide. Lots of gigs on the East Coast here in New England, down South, and out in Chicago.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
We have released a single called Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy that was recorded and interpreted by us, and it will also be featured on our new album Descending.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Yes! We have our new album coming out on October 16th worldwide which is to be released by Dark Star Records/Sony Music. This album was recorded at Leaving Eden Studios and was produced by myself. The final mix and mastering was by Bob St John. This is a 15 song album with the extra edited radio track. This album does include the featured single Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy – that song was recorded and mixed by Johnny K., mastered by Brad Blackwood, and produced by myself. This album has some heavy songs and some acoustic stuff – even some tracks that you can dance to. I think this album will prove to be one of our best – we certainly like it and we hope you do too.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Yes we will be heading down the East coast of the USA next month from New England to Florida. It’s gonna be some fun!
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
I would say the state the world is in – first and foremost our lyrics tend to be more on the reality side of things, whether that’s good, bad, or indifferent. The next major item would be sharing the stage with some of the coolest bands in the world and learning from them from how they act and treat their fans, to how they perform and interact on stage, their technical aspects, what they use for equipment, their road crew, tour managers etc. There’s so much to learn out there so it’s done best by learning from the pros. We have shared the stage with a huge amount of people, and have learnt from them all.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Actually some Fleetwood Mac. Too cool!
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Some good questions there – there’s a rhyme and a meaning to our songs. We can be heavy, we can be soft, we can be mellow, but we’re always full of energy and I’ve always said Leaving Eden is best heard and seen live.
Any last words for the fans?
I’d rather say friends than fans but we’re always grateful. Without our friends of course no one would be listening. Our friends are the most important thing to us and always will be. So yeah man we appreciate you more than you could know. And thank you man for chatting, it’s been cool and peace!