Eve To Adam are headed here along with Pop Evil, Black Oxygen and The Letter Black on November 24th at The Westcott Theater on a night that promises to be one killer rock and roll show.
*Look for links and my latest contest at the bottom after the interview*
Pop Evil’s new album “Onyx” is moving up the charts and their song “Deal With The Devil” is making waves on the radio while Eve To Adam’s latest “Locked & Loaded” is gathering steam as we breath already with a hit song "Straitjacket Supermodel." Let me say this, this album rocks all the way through.
Every song by itself stands as a great rock song and collectively, “Locked & Loaded” is one of the best albums I have listened to this year and I have listened to hundreds. So with that said, I had a chance to talk with vocalist Taki Sassaris about who they are, where they come from, and what they are all about. What I found was one extremely intelligent and grounded individual who was simply one of the easiest interviews I have had in quite some time. Insightful, introspective, a clear vision of the road ahead; these aren’t your typical rockers; they care about not only what they do but also about what is around them. I can’t remember the last major musician so in touch with his local scene and that tells it all.
So take a few minutes and read what Taki had to say and get to know Eve To Adam just a bit more. Better yet, read it while listening to Locked & Loaded; you can’t go wrong with this album on any single track, they all kick it.
Eve To Adam is:
- Taki Sassaris (lead vocals)
Alex Sassaris (drums)
Gaurav Bali (guitar)
Luis Espaillat (bass/backing vocals)
Adam Latiff (rhythm guitar/backing vocals)
Locked & Loaded track list:
- Locked And Loaded
- Straitjacket Supermodel
- Fortune Teller
- What Would You Kill
- With The Truth
- Lets Burn
- Crime Scene
- Shut Out The World
Tour Dates with Pop Evil:
Nov 08 Ground Zero Traverse City, MI
Nov 09 Austin's Fuel Room Libertyville, IL
Nov 10 The Fillmore Wausau, WI
Nov 12 Planet Rock Battle Creek, MI
Nov 14 Capones Johnson City, TN
Nov 15 The Handlebar Greenville, SC
Nov 17 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Nov 18 The Drunk Horse Pub Fayetteville, NC
Nov 22 Update Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
Nov 23 WAAF LOW DOUGH TICKET SHOW Quincy, MA
Nov 24 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY
Interview with Taki
Locked & Loaded released on September 17 and for a writer that is really just getting to know the band more in-depth, I love what I hear on this CD; let’s start with the now vs. past question, what is different about this one compared to your previous work?
It is a testament to all that we have overcome to be here, still in the fight, and still contenders. And it is more mature. It’s a very honest album, the production is the best we have ever had\; and we worked with some really amazing producers that we call the “Killer B’s”, Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette, Dave Bassett (Halestorm, Shinedown) and Eric Bass (Shinedown). I actually enjoy every track on the album so it is definitely out finest work yet.
This album really has an aggressive, gritty rock groove to it, no frills straight up rock. My CD player plays the songs randomly so I can’t hit that next button unless it deserves it, I haven’t hit it on this CD at all.
Oh that’s awesome man, right on, thank you! I really do enjoy them all and we are playing them all live now, even the ballad “Shut Out The World” has its own special place. None of the songs are redundant.
What is the bands history? Where you started and up to now?
The band is from New York City; here in Astoria, Queens. We officially released our first album in 2001. My brother and I grew up in Florida. I moved to NYC with my brother to find a guitar player and build a kick ass band. It’s basically where we completed our education as musicians as men. I’m very proud to represent the city of New York and I think it’s time for the next big rock band from New York and we are fighting for that.
What is local rock scene like there?
There is some pretty cool bands here, it’s still thriving. Not quite like it used to be, it’s a bit more fragmented; you’ve got indie rock and alt. rock a little bit more based out of Brooklyn. Right here in the city in Manhattan you’ve got bands like Killcode, The Dirty Pearls, PUI all doing respectable things! Everytime they play out they sell out Gramarcy Theater or Erving Plaza. Maybe not as visible when there were clubs like CBGB’s where we cut our teeth but it’s still there and very much alive!
We used to have an old warehouse that kind of housed all the bands that played out there every weekend, but that burnt down and killed it and it still is affecting it today I think.
All it takes is one or two breakout bands and it all comes back. We are not just fighting for ourselves, we are fighting for the scene.
We had some great shows up there in Syracuse, awesome audiences, very receptive and appreciative fans so, we are really looking forward to coming upstate again!
I see that you have played with a lot of big name bands and did some really cool shows such as Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, and toured with Creed, Halestorm and In This Moment. I just interviewed Chris Howorth from In This Moment the other day actually, anyway, pretty cool stuff; can you talk about those experiences?
Opening for Creed was a big experience for us. Playing in front of big audiences every night you have to bring your best each night. I learned a lot watching those guys, when a band sells 40-million albums and you open for them you pay attention and make sure you are on your game. I had the opportunity to become friends with Mark Tremonti. Without Mark’s help we never would have gotten into that studio with Michael “Elvis” Baskette producing. I am eternally grateful.
With Halestrom and In This Moment we got to see two bands that have worked so hard actually breaking out! Witnessing their hard work culminating into success right before our eyes gave us the drive to know that it is possible and it does still happen, it was self affirming.
Since my CD player goes random, I’m picking this song as it plays; ‘Crime Scene’, very cool tune as it starts off, what is this one about?
Is based on a real experience with me and my girl, we were in Portland, Oregon and got a little crazy one night, crazy times and got a little out of control one night. Crime Scene is that song about being in a volatile relationship that when it’s great it’s great and when it’s bad its (laughs) criminal. It’s a sleeper favorite on the album, it kind of has that sort of 80’s big rock sound to it, Bon Jovi in a sense, big epic chorus and everything. It’s that relationship song that people can relate to that they know; if you have ever been in that love/hate relationship thing then you know! (Laughs)
And I have, so I do!
(Laughs hard) See what I mean?
The band has hooked up with Pop Evil for a tour that comes through Syracuse here next month on Nov. 24th at The Westcott Theater, very cool tour and another really killer band.
We’ve done some shows with them before, really great band and great guys. We have a good time out there with them. I think it’s a good pairing; similar style and genre, song oriented hard hitting hard rock. I think it’s going to be a great night!
I am having a contest for a pair of tickets, Meet & Greet passes, what can the lucky winners look forward to?
Look forward to meeting the band, hang, take some pictures, ask some questions, talk music and maybe have a beer!
I have to say, this CD really is awesome all the way through, and how much of it will you perform live?
Most of the album, we play about 40-45 minutes so we try and push it.
What should people know about the band that maybe they don’t?
Hm, one of the things that we get called on the road by the media and fans is we are called the United Nations of Rock, we are all different and sons of immigrants, so I guess that is it.
And last one, what would you like to say to the fans especially those seeing you coming to town with Pop Evil?
I would like to stay thank you so much for believing in us and rock; and knowing that your trust in us doesn’t fall on deaf ears. We pay it back every night by being accessible to you and putting on the best show possible. Rock and roll is all about the live experience. That is what we invest in. That’s why we do this and we look forward to sharing these experiences with you nightly and promise not to disappoint you.
Sound good, again, I thank you, and I’ll see you next month!
Sounds good David, and thank you!
Eve To Adam contest:
So you want to go to the show? Maybe get your hands on the CD and some signed merch? How about getting to meet the band? Here is your chance and here are the details as of now.
- Two winners will receive a pair of tickets to the show and CDs.
- The Grand Prize winner gets tickets, a pair of CDs, and gets to Meet & Greet with the band.
Now how cool is that? In conjunction with Examiner.com/Syracuse Music and Local Music along with Modern Music Asylum; here is what you need to do:
Email “Eve To Adam” in the subject line to enter. Include your name, address, phone number and why you want to meet the band and see the band, best judged answer wins the grand prize with the runners up getting tix and CDs.
Pop Evil may join in the game so stay tuned!
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