August 25th, 2010

Newness

As a band we have been going and going for a while now. I feel like we are growing up in some ways and learning who we are in some ways. It is so easy to have someone else tell you what to be or who you are but it is much harder to find it and be it on your own. I am not sure if I or we will ever “arrive”, so they say, but we are closer now than we were two years ago.

When we recorded the EP we were still trying to find out who we were as a band. In some ways trying to be something we weren’t, even though a part of us wanted to be that, and in other ways changing things into what we knew we were. Listening back to that music and thinking of us playing it live seem like two different things now. It’s weird to think that to be quite honest because for so long we were trying so hard to mimic that sound. Don’t get me wrong there is aspects of it that I still try to achieve every show, but in general the sound of it is not us anymore.

As a band we are growing and developing more of our identity in the industry and our community and we are trying to find our sound even more no matter what it sounds like. I feel like when I listen to music I can tell if it is something that was written from an honest place in someone and produced to sound like them as a band, not that I am right all the time, but it seems like the music feels different. I can’t stand music written and recorded just for the sake of radio hits, they never last.

To me, songs that last are songs that come from a place in the person or bands life. A place that is genuine, although it doesn’t have to be melancholy it has to be real. Of course, with just the limited understanding of the industry that we have received in the past two years I am learning that I don’t know much of anything, but what I do know is that the heart of the musician comes out in the music if they will let it. It is a good thing, a very good thing!

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Just a little rant for ya!

Steven.

July 7th, 2010

The Swing

So I am back at it…

After the three weeks of writing and recording I am finding it is difficult to get back into the whole internet social networking. It is not that I don’t enjoy doing it, I just fell out of the habit of it. Which, on one hand sucks because I had become so accustom to tweeting, blogging, posting, sharing, and any other way to stay in contact that it was almost second nature. When something would happen, or after a show I would blog or post pics or tag pics or just send out tweets about the show. Now I am back at square one relearning to some degree. During the writing and recording we were spending so much time stirring our creativity with new songs and new riffs that we went AWOL with the internet side of things. So on the other hand I was glad to put all of my creativity to writing and recording and it was a FULL three weeks, let me tell you.

what'd you do?!

It is weird though, how I feel with all of the social networking. I feel like I am always waiting for some amazing thing to happen before I write about it. Not sure exactly what I am waiting for or what I am looking for but life is too short to wait on something “amazing.” To be completely honest those kind of things happen everyday if I am willing to see it. Some days, I am more blind than others but I have been able to find amazing things in a lot of “normal” things. (whew!!!! that was almost a rant)

Anyway, I am getting back into the swing of things so keep reading and keep posting.

Steven.

Remember to listen to our Graffiti Track.  Combo of all the new songs!!!

July 6th, 2010

Let me tell you about the show... (@The Orange Peel)

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”.

June 29th, 2010

Back at The Peel...

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.

June 22nd, 2010

Have you heard it yet?

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.


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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.