- What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?
Hi I am Eric Gynan cofounder of the band Leaving Eden Boston Massachusetts USA! Nice chatting with you here. We were thinking about this whole planet being like the garden of Eden and with all its corruption and deception wouldn’t it be nice to just go somewhere else this Leaving Eden. As a band are influences Evanescence Black Sabbath Fleetwood Mac Disturbed Pop evil and we like acoustic stuff from Simon & Garfunkel to Jim Croce oh and Nickelback we just played concert with all the magic cat stage at the bank of New Hampshire pavilion.
- How do you approach songwriting? Are there any themes that you are keen to explore when you start off?
Great question. Sometimes someone may say something that is intriguing or most commonly, I kind of get myself into a meditative state of mind, connect with the universe and it all comes to me. The songs are based on reality, not always for me or about me, maybe something close to me exploring the good, bad or indifference. After all that’s what life’s about.
- Why do you write the sort of music that you do?
To add to the previous answer, I like it, our style that is. I like loud music, heavy…. I also enjoy acoustic unplugged stuff as well.
- How do you decide what songs to perform live and how do you transpose them into that live setting?
Leaving Eden has 200+ original songs, about 80 that has been released worldwide (7 albums) many to be released on future albums. Really we try and choose our favorites. Some songs because there are so many will never be performed live. The ones we do choose we try and stay as true to the actual recording as possible. Some songs we add extra bars for crowd participation. Some we may extend the guitar soling, add some bass or keyboard solos in there and have fun with it.
- What are your plans for the future?
We have just released our newest album “The Agony of Affliction” released by Dark Star Records/Sony. The song will be in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movie Lockdown starring Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment, Eddie and the Cruisers).
Watch the Lyric video The Agony of Affliction:
We are excited about this new album not only because of the production value but the entire album will also be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit”
Watch the teaser trailer For THE NITWIT MOVIE
Originally I had written this movie script loosely based on real life events with the intention of having Leaving Eden’s music throughout the movie and procuring other pros to make the movie. Where Leaving Eden has been involved with having our music placed in different movies and TV series this simply made sense. While in Iowa after wrapping up on a shoot I sat down with Ray Van Blarcom and Matt Moody “production crew” over a scotch and threw the script down on the table. They started reading it, thought it was hilarious so we decided let’s make the movie. For me being the director of several music videos it was a very simple transition to direct The Nitwit. Finally, I was intrigued by Matt Moody’s experience not only in production but as an actor. Ironically Matt fit the leading role as The Nitwit perfectly then he also brought in Jordan Smith as his costar and the rest is history. We expect the movie to be released in 2020 by SGL Entertainment.
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