EDENTHORN (from l-r): Dylan Gardner (guitar), Faiba Gardner (bass/vocals), Kyle Tague (vocals), Mark Tague (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
If you are a fan of 30 Seconds To Mars and the Foo Fighters, you may want to check out Edenthorn.
The hard rock quartet from the north-east of England, made up of two sets of siblings, produce a unique blend of colossal choruses, massive guitar riffs and sublime harmonies, with varying structures, tempos and emotions.
The band’s 2015 debut album, ‘The Maze’, got them the attention of Kerrang! Radio DJ Johnny Doom, who has become one of their major champions.
With the Durham outfit’s follow-up release, ‘Exist’, coming out later next month, they spoke to me about how its recording process has been, what can be expected from it, as well as their journey and experiences up to now.
How did the band get together?
FAIBA GARDNER (bass/vocals): It was pretty straightforward and simple really. Kyle and Mark were in another band and myself and Dylan were also in another band, when me and Kyle met each other and realised that our siblings played instruments.
We decided to start jamming together, then soon realised how easy it was to write together and how much chemistry we had in and outside of the rehearsal room.
How did the name Edenthorn come about?
KYLE TAGUE (vocals): It was a band name that I had come up with many years ago, but it never got put to use. So when it came to us needing a band name, we all loved it and decided to use it!
What inspires the band lyrically?
KYLE: Most of my songs are inspired by my own personal experiences, or experiences of others around me. I’ve come to realise that everybody goes through the same motions at some point in their life, so I aim to write lyrics that are relatable for the listener, so that they feel a connection to the song and lyrics.
Edenthorn is made up of two sets of siblings, and Kyle and Faiba are partners. Do you think the bonds that you all share affect the way you write and perform your music?
FAIBA: Definitely! When we’re writing together, we sometimes jam up to five songs in one two-hour session, because we all know how we want the song to go, where the highs and lows are, where the intensity builds and then drops.
It is as though we all read each other’s minds, because we know what we’re going to do next without talking about it first, It’s just natural! It is exactly the same in a live setting, I can’t really describe it, but it is like telepathy!
Later next month, you will be recording your second album, ‘Exist’. How has the recording process been for that so far?
DYLAN GARDNER (guitar): The recording process has been great fun, we’ve tried to keep the recordings as close to what we play live, so the record has lots of energy and sounds very raw in parts.
And how will it be different to the band’s 2015 debut full-length, ‘The Maze’?
It’s heavier, and you can rock out a lot more to this album.
How, for you all, is the experience of playing live?
Everybody says it, but we love playing live. It can be nerve-wracking at times when you go and play a new venue or city, because you need to impress and win over the crowds with your own music.
We also use live experiences to help determine how we write future releases, we take how the audience reacts to certain songs and make sure that we craft our new material around what people like.
We used this method when we were writing for ‘Exist’. We made sure that we had a good few lively bangers on there for people to jump around to, more solos from Dylan, catchy melody lines and memorable, sing-along lyrics.
What are the band’s plans once ‘Exist’ comes out?
We are currently planning a UK tour which will take place from the end of next month to the back end of the year. There’ll be more singles and music videos throughout the year, as well, as we’re aiming to release a video for every song on the album.
We’re also planning to release a couple of unheard tracks that were written for ‘Exist’, but didn’t quite fit on the album as a whole.
What is your long-term aim?
The long-term aim is for Edenthorn to be full-time, so we’ll keep on releasing music, touring, looking after our fans, and building blocks towards our goal until it happens.
‘EXIST’, THE SECOND ALBUM FROM EDENTHORN, WILL BE RELEASED ON APRIL 20. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT NOW FROM THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE edenthorn.com
EDENTHORN WILL ALSO BE PLAYING AN ALBUM RELEASE SHOW ON MARCH 24 IN NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: