Have you seen us break a tv with a billie club? Or kick a giant mushroom into oblivion? Have you seen us throw a rotor through a full size mirror or punch Mickey Mouse for no apparent reason? Well if not, then you’ve got some catching up to do!! Introducing our new video series called Rock ‘n Roll. Watch as we take random stuff and do to them what we’ve always wanted to growing up…BREAK THEM!!! This is how we get a Rock ‘n Roll fix when we are not playing music for you. Watch the uncut versions here on YouTube – TEL Official TV
The Enemy Lovers will be opening for Stockholm Syndrome this Friday (Sept. 3 2010) at The Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville NC. We were approached late last week with a request that we be the opening act and we’re elated to find that we would be opening for a band made up of such an all star cast. Tickets are on sale now HERE.
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!
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.
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.
Remember to listen to our Graffiti Track. Combo of all the new songs!!!
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”.