Everyday Dogs talk Audioslave, Halloween and changing direction
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
Hey this is Julian from Everyday Dogs. We’re a hard rock band from Athens, Georgia
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW SINGLE?
On October 23rd we’ll be releasing a single for the first time in over a year. This will be the first of about 6 songs we’ve been working on that will eventually be in an EP. The song is called Black Fire and is pretty spooky (hence the Halloween season release). But this song is the first step in a new direction we have going for the band in a heavier direction.
WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?
My brother Jesse came to the band with a crazy idea for a song about vampires (after reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula) and we were all about it. From there we matched the subject with some new riffs that supported the spooky theme.
CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?
WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
The self-titled Audioslave album had a huge impact on me. When I was first starting to sing a few years ago, that album gave me something to strive towards. So whenever I would get in the car I would blast that album and scream my lungs out to try and figure out what Chris Cornell was doing.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER ARTIST?
We only have made one official music video and it is currently still in the works so it’s still a mystery as of now. As for other artists music videos, I really love One Night Only’s- 'Say you don’t want it.' It’s a great story of 2 people falling in love doing weird things, but at the very end it shows that they were really dogs the whole time. Super sweet and Emma Watson is in it.
WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?
Currently I’m a student at the University of Georgia but when I’m not writing or doing schoolwork, I love a good game of pick-up soccer.
DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?
I think everyone gets nervous their first few times performing but now I get really excited to
perform. Of course theirs a constant pressure to perform the best that you can every night but I think if you get too much in your own head about it, the performance won’t be as good as if you just relax and have fun with it.
HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?
After my first semester of college, I realized that I had enough time to finally start a band which had always been a dream of mine. And that previous summer I had been jamming with some guys at a camp we used to work at for as the worship team. From there we all got together and continued to jam and work on some song material that I had and it escalated from there to rocking out all the time and playing shows around town.
HOW DO YOU WRITE? - DO YOU HAVE A KEY SONGWRITER, OR DO YOU ALL WORK TOGETHER?
How it usually works is myself or my brother will come to the band with most of an idea (so guitar riffs, vocal melody, and words) and as a band we work to make sure the song is the best that it can be. So we’ll work on the details and iron out any kinks and by the end of a workshop session we have a new tune.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
For song material, I’ll either match music to real life events/feelings that have affected me, or create a storyline based on what the context of the music makes me think of. I’ve always got new riffs naturally rotating and I will take a riff and compare how it sounds and how it makes me feel to a story or idea and then write lyrics to describe what’s going on. I absolutely love using my imagination to create narratives around what I think the music is saying.
WHAT IS NEXT?
With COVID being a thing shows are few and far between but it doesn’t mean we can’t create new music and content which is exactly what we’re doing. But in a few months the band is talking about moving to a new city with a kickass rock scene to share our music with.
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