I had the distinct privilege of meeting and interviewing several of my favorites bands at the DROWNING POOL show in Virginia.
EYE EMPIRE is direct support for DROWNING POOL. The tour kicked off in Niceville, Fla., on May 25, 2013, and it's making its way through most of the East Coast and Canada. The tour will end in Steger, Ill., on June 30, 2013. EYE EMPIRE features DC (Donald Carpenter) on vocals, B.C. Kochmit on guitar, Ryan Bennett on drums, and Corey Lowery on bass and backing vocals.
I had an opportunity to sit down with Corey at the Empire in Springfield, Va., on June 23, 2013, just before the band hit the stage. This was an epic event. DROWNING POOL and EYE EMPIRE were joined by supporting bands that rocked the night with awesome performances.
Shockwave: What do you believe are your greatest contributions to music?
Corey: EYE EMPIRE has been busy working on new material which shows our support for the troops. We are proud to lend our support to a documentary about PTSD; it's called "Battlefield of the Mind," by Fran Strine. Several all-star musicians are lending their talents on this documentary. The documentary is about the war not being over yet! I've met several veterans, and I lived around military in my youth. DC (Donald Carpenter) has lent his vocals to this project as well. DC did four years in the Army.
That is interesting to hear. I appreciate your efforts. I'm a former Marine!
It's important to us, and we've been on a ship, and have met troops all over, so this is important to us.
What direction do you see your music taking in the next year?
Evolving. Evolve & grow. We've been really busy and have been touring straight for three years. We are currently 90 percent done with this current tour. We are looking forward to getting back in the studio.
How does the group attack writing?
Everyone writes in the group. I'm the producer for the band, and I mold the band's overall sound. DC writes a lot and has been very passionate with his writing.
I agree with that, I started to follow EYE EMPIRE once I learned DC was the vocalist for Submersed. The track that made a huge impact on me was "Rewind."
That is a great song. Be sure to mention that to DC when you get a chance.
My parents have been a huge influence on me, and my family has played and performed for years. My parents have toured with great musicians like the Allman Brothers. They had a group called LUMBEE.
So how did you get into music?