When you get such a great response to music you’ve made in the past, presenting new music becomes harder and harder. No fault laid, but most people want to hear what they know. We all want to sing along and experience that same great feeling again and again. Like singing “Don’t Stop Believing” with Journey! For the past year now we’ve been playing the same songs from the EP over and over. It started to become something we thought defined us. For awhile we were trying to imitate ourselves and make new music like the old music. We were having trouble figuring out how we would ever live up to ourselves. We went through writers block…
Then we wrote some new songs!
Welcome to the new era of The Enemy Lovers. To our’s and everyone’s surprise we played this show without a band! And out of 10 songs, 7 were brand new. If you have ever been to a show where an artist plays all new songs and only a couple of the ones you really wanted to see, you can imagine how hard we thought it was going to be. Just 2 brothers, Steven and I, alone on this huge stage with only 2 guitars, amplified by a million dollar sound system and nobody knows most of our set list…sounds like a formula for a big awkward disaster! But it wasn’t. It actually felt amazing. There were no drums yet the crowd began to clap, in time, to a new song called “Parade”! And then there was complete silence during “We Can Make It” (the quietest song of the night). This made us realize that you don’t need a huge full band with backing tracks to connect with people. Music is moving even in it’s simplest presentation. Although We can’t wait to put on a massive show with this new music, we won’t forget the raw pure feeling of what was there that night.
How many artists get to play at The Orange Peel? It’s an honor to be able to play in Asheville NC at Rolling Stones Magazines #5 pick of best venues in the country! We’ve seen some of the best artists we know play the best shows we’ve seen from the same stage we were performed from. What an unforgettable night. Thank you to our fans for being there with us, engaged in the new music like you already knew and loved it!
If you want to hear a sneak peak into this new sound, listen to “Graffiti”.
Come and see our new show, it’s enlightening. New songs and a fresh vibe, we’re just gonna give you everything we’ve got. We take the stage at 9pm and it’s $8 at the door (all ages).
We’ve got a show at The Orange Peel this Saturday! When I was about 18 I used dream about having shows at The Orange Peel and when that happened I would have arrived. Don’t get me wrong, I’m honored and thrilled to be playing there (it’s literally one of the best venues in the country!) but I get the feeling now that no matter where I get to, I’ll always be reaching higher. There is no “there”. “There” is a place where “they” live. It doesn’t exist. Once we get somewhere, “there” is somewhere else! Some people try and act like they are “there” and use their money to make a lot of us believe they are, but in reality they’re not. The things we want to own, the places we want to go, and the success we want to have doesn’t add up to anything. People are all that add up to something. Family, friends, and even our enemies. We all add up to something. The people we have around us are what we miss trying to get “there”. Life will probably never settle down so take some time from time to time to consciously sit down, breath in and love the people around you, starting with your family. Quit taking them for granted. It’s all over so soon whether you’re “there” or not.
Right now as I’m writing this I’ve got my headphones on and I’m listening to our new music! It’s crazy what can change in such a short time. To think that these songs didn’t exist a month ago. The plan started out as a spontaneous “2 day 2 song” experiment. We got the phone call one day and the next day we were setting up our rehearsal space into a makeshift studio with producer Nicolas Balachandran. Those 2 days turned into a full week, which turned into 2 weeks and then 3. Each additional week was planned on the last day of the previous. A hurricane of creativity and 15 brand new songs later we come to the realization that all the talking and planning and preconceiving of what our songs should and shouldn’t sound like was choking out our creativity. They call this writers block when a creative person gets stuck over-thinking everything. We had two choices, keep writing the same song over and over 15 times or write 15 new songs. This time we moved on. The past is past. We just started writing with no idea of where it would go. Prepare yourself!
The Enemy Lovers began by somewhat of an accident and now it becomes a trend with us. This new music was made by accident and now we’re on to something. We’ll be introducing some of the new music here and there at our shows and we hope to finish up the project very soon.
Thanks for listening over and over to what little music we have released thus far!
This is a graffiti track made by The Enemy Lovers. It’s a sneak peak into their brand new music. It contains short segments of all 15 songs they have made in the past 3 weeks. Welcome to the beginning of a completed full length album.
Who is Nicolas Balachandran? Musician, writer and producer. He has peaked the interest of big players in the industry with his recent writing/production of the new band “Paper Tongues”. Funny thing is I had done some recording with Nicolas about 3 years ago way before The Enemy Lovers even existed. I was just a singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar. He put me on this path way back then only to join me again here with Steven as The Enemy Lovers.
In a whirlwind two days of filming we managed to record way more footage than we could ever use in a three and a half minute song. There were so many magical shots. So many accidentally amazing moments, but not enough time in the song for them. I can’t even imagine what it was like in the editing room trying to decide which to keep and which to cut. Because we had so much great footage, we decided to make a b-roll that would compile all the shots that we couldn’t live without, along with some that would show the behind-the-scenes vibe. This is a kind of “b-sides” for the video. It turned out beautifully epic thanks to Taylor Hide (editor) and a song by Animal Collective called ‘My Girls’. Check them out.
If you were an extra in our video THANK YOU VERY MUCH! and watch closely for some great shots of you doing an amazing job of staging a live show in an abandoned warehouse with us! Leave your comments and tell everyone that you were in our video.