Everyone has a band whose lyrics just speak to them, as though the words were written and recorded just for you. For some, these songs are few and far between with even some of their favorite artists, due to the increasing importance placed on popular opinion and commercialism. If you’re lucky, you find a band that's still in it for the music, have genuine humility, and respect for their fans: Eye Empire is that kind of band. The band is composed of four very talented and respectful guys: BC Kochmit (guitar), Donald “DC” Carpenter (vocals), Corey Lowery (bass), and Ryan Bennett (drums). They base their philosophy on three basic principles: Love, Respect, and Support. It’s apparent from their 2012 release, “Impact,” that the guys of Eye Empire have made great strides towards infusing their music with the energy, passion, and soul that they deliver live.
At their show at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, SC on January 23, 2013, the band played along with guest stars Another Year Lost, Upstate super group Kelen Heller, and tour mates 3Years Hollow, delivering an incredible display of talent. On stage, Carpenter masterfully blends smooth vocals with clean screams on songs like “I Pray” and “Bull in a China Shop,” both of which were crowd-rousing energizers. Then, there were the songs on the softer, more melodic side that seemed to strike just the right emotional chords, like “Obvious” and “More Than Fate,” their most recent to make radio play. Overall, the night was prime for those seeking a little musical refuge, as it was primarily composed of pre-existing fans of all, as well as the new and curious.
Eye Empire is currently on tour with 3Years Hollow until February 17, 2013 and then they pick up and complete this run with Surrender the Fall on March 13, 2013. You can find out more about Eye Empire’s history, philosophy, and music on their website. “Impact” packs a serious punch both musically and emotionally, offering 24 tracks including some live and acoustic versions and is currently available on iTunes for $9.99. Less than ten bucks for 24 songs? Yes, please! Check them out and let’s hear what you think!