Five and Five: Stealing Eden

Stealing Eden is an up and coming band out of the Vancouver, B.C. area whose Truth in Tragedy is the talk of many A&R blogs and unsigned rock fan communities.

Songs like “All I Need” and the lead single “Thrown Away” give you an idea of why the EMURG team named Stealing Eden the EMURG Artist of the Month for March.

I had an interview with Dave (lead singer) and Maximus (guitarist) on the past, present, and budding future for the band.

Part I:

CFW: How did you come up with the band name?

SE: It was a bit of a long, drawn out process. After months of thinking and mulling it over, I was dropping a friend off in downtown Vancouver, I look over and saw a building called the “Eden” building. Hey! That’s cool I thought to call the guitar player at the time and ask him what he thought and he said “That’s weird, I just read a passage in a book called ‘Stealing Eden'” and after a few weeks of throwing other ideas around, we felt that “Stealing Eden” suited us best.

CFW: What artists/bands/songs influenced you?

SE: Everything from Lionel Richie to Pantera, AIC, G’n’R, Snot, Opeth, Faith No More, Metallica, and Judas Priest.

CFW: What are you listening to right now?

SE: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

CFW: What has your favorite show/performance been as a band?

SE: Our CD release show was awesome!

CFW: If I want people to remember one song from our band it would be…

SE: “All I Need” seems to be the all-around favorite.

Part II:

CFW: Who or what inspired the songs or lyrics on the album?

SE: Life, but instead of explaining stuff to people, I like them to put they’re own meaning to them.

CFW: Truth In Tragedy has great production and sound quality to it. Do you mind sharing what you had to do to make this album sound larger than life?

SE: Blood, sweat, tears, heart, and soul…like birthing a child! (hopefully not offending any new mothers) I did every single thing I have ever learned about engineering and production, took the time to do everything the absolute best I could production wise and that, mixed with flawless performances”¦the whole band really poured their hearts into it!

CFW: Have you toured the States before and, if not, are there any plans to tour the States in the near future?

SE: We plan to tour EVERYWHERE starting with a Canadian tour in mid-May 2012.

CFW: Have you gotten any positive advice about touring from bands you’ve played shows with? Do you have any advice to give aspiring touring rockers?

SE: Any advice I have about touring is to be prepared! Don’t run out blindly, you’ll end up wasting time and resources for very little gain.

CFW: There’s such a strong connection to the lyrics on Truth in Tragedy. What is your favorite line on the album and why?

SE: My favorite line actually didn’t get written ’til after the album was finished. “Better Off” Truth In Tragedy, 2nd verse. I sing “I can’t believe I was so blind, cause it’s the happiness that’s hard to find.” What I sing live is “I can’t believe I was so blind. Why is it that happiness is so hard to find?” Probably my favourite cause it’s true, not only for me, but for everyone else as well.

CFW: EMURG has looked at Vancouver before as a hotbed of talent and, yet, you are one of the few bands that stand out in such a competitive market. How does it feel to be EMURG’s band of the month for March?

SE: We are extremely honoured! I can speak for the band when we say…You guys rock for considering us! m/ (-!-) m/

Stealing Eden has found its Eden right here on EMURG. For those of you who would like to learn more about Stealing Eden, you can find them on their Facebook, Twitter, and, aside from being able to stream Truth in Tragedy in full right here on EMURG, you can also hear it on Soundcloud.