Emmy just chatted with Eric Gynan, the co-founder of the rock band Leaving Eden from New England, USA.
Emmy: How did the name come about?
Eric: Pretty simply, we just thought this planet was like the garden of Eden at one point and wouldn’t
it be nice to go somewhere else for a little bit if you wanted to?
Emmy: How would you describe your genre to someone who isn't familiar with your music?
Eric: Leaving Eden is a rock band. I think the lyrics are thought provoking, based on reality, with lots of harmony and melody. Some songs are definitely heavy but others are mellow. I think it’s an eclectic array of musical tastes that don’t necessarily fit the genre box one allegedly should be fitting into. Pair all of that with lots of energy. I’ve always said Leaving Eden is best heard and seen live.
Emmy: How did the band form?
Eric: Myself, Eve and Rick were previously in a band. That band dismantled and myself and Eve started Leaving Eden. After a revolving door of musicians we settled on Jake and Alyssa and then again with Rick. Pretty cool and full circle in some aspects.
Emmy: What are some of the artists that influence you? Eric: Black Sabbath, Richie Blackmore. And many other rock stars out there.
Emmy: If you could tour with any artist or band (still active or not) who would it be?
Eric: I would say Fleetwood Mac with Lindsey Buckingham of course. They are not my favorite band but I really like their harmonies, melodies and Lindsey Buckingham’s fingerpicking.
Emmy: What's your favorite show you've played?
Eric: That’s always a hard question. Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; 10 Years, 10 Years After (Woodstock Reunion), Adelitas Way, Alice Cooper, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Avenged Sevenfold, Big Brother and The Holding Company (Woodstock Reunion), Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Blackstone Cherry, Bret Michaels, Buckcherry, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Country Joe (Woodstock Reunion), Damage Plan, (Featuring Dimebag & Vinnie Paul) Days Of The New, Disturbed, Dope, Dropkick Murphy's, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Fuel, Gemini Syndrome, Gin Blossoms, Godsmack, Halestorm, HELLYEAH, Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Hinder, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), In This Moment, Jefferson
Starship (Woodstock Reunion), Killswitch Engage, Kittie, Korn, Lacuna Coil, LA Guns, Lamb Of God, Lita Ford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marilyn Manson, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Motorhead, Mudvayne, Mushroomhead, Napalm Death, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Nonpoint, One Eyed Doll, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Powerman 5000, Puddle Of Mudd, Queensryche, Ratt, Rob Zombie, Ronnie James Dio, Saliva, Saving Abel, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Sebastian Bach, Seether, Sevendust, Shinedown, Slayer, Soil, Soulfly, Steven Tyler, Stone Sour, Taproot, Ted Nugent, Testament, The Butcher Babies, The Misfits, Theory Of A Deadman, Trapt, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge), Trixter, Uncle Kracker, Warrant, ZZ Top, Nickelback, Skillet & many more.
So maybe Black Sabbath? I’ll elaborate this time. I just think that Black Sabbath has been
around the block many times over so it’s just so classic.
Emmy: What's the future hold for the band?
Eric: With the time down we recorded our newest album titled Fable.
Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal
The World Is Yours
Song Black Wolf to be featured in Director Massimiliano Cerchi Movie Black Wolf
Leaving Eden New Album - Dream With Me
Photo by Mark Weiss
Leaving Eden is about to release their 7th Album Titled: “Dream With Me” which is also the Title Track to be released world wide and distributed by Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal. Eric Gynan, Cofounder of the Rock band Leaving Eden from New England USA says “In this album we got the best of both worlds, where again like our last 2 Albums, we were able to take all the time necessary to record and produce “Dream With Me” in Leaving Eden’s Studio. But then, to have One of the best Rock Engineers in the world as far as I’m concerned, Grammy Award Winning Engineer Johnny K. (Disturbed, Staind, Finger Eleven, 3 Doors Down, Megadeath, Sevendust, Plain White T’s, POP Evil, Trapt, Drowning Pool, Alien Ant Farm, and many more) for Final Mix and Mastering is my dream scenario!” Eric goes on to say, “I love working With Johnny, he cracks me up! No, but really he’s a genuine connoisseur of great music with so much talent, it’s such a pleasure to call him my Friend. We’ve worked together on other albums but this one, to have the freedom to dig deep and experiment with my own unique recording techniques and then to have Johnny put his final touches on it was a real treat!”
Recorded at Leaving Edens Studio New England USA. Produced, Engineered, Recorded, Pre- mix, Album Art Director and all songs Written by Eric Gynan. *Song “Dream With Me” Co- written by Alyssa Bailey White. Final Mix/Master by Johnny K.
Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal
*House of the Rising Sun is an American folk song, thought to be written by Georgia Turner and Bert Martin.
Cover photo & Back booklet photo by Mark Weiss. Back cd photo by Dan Johnson
Leaving Eden Logos by Mario Lopez.
Album Artwork by Veronica Cavallaro “La Magazine Art & Design”
Special thanks to: Jennifer Mugavero (Back up vocals), Gerg Anidem (Indie Scene Radio),
Bryant Jenkins (Tour Manager), Debbie Jenkins, Dana Anderson (Assist with album art
concept) and Cheri Anderson..
“Dream With Me Official Video (in a time of the CoronaVirus) By Leaving Eden”
“House of the Rising Sun Official Video By Leaving Eden”
We have songs in a lot of movies and that continues. With the epidemic however certain things get put on hold. We also have a movie called The Nitwit that we’ve been working on but that also had to be put on hold. No problem, we’ve always been pretty resilient. I think with the hope of things opening up sooner than later, we can expect touring as we do every year. Tracks from this album and other Leaving Eden albums will be featured in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movies: Painkiller, Mayday, Lockdown and Penthouse starring Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment, Eddie and the Cruisers). And Bloodthirst.
“We are excited about this new album also, because the entire album and lots of tunes from our previous albums will also be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit”
Watch the teaser trailer For THE NITWIT MOVIE
“Originally I had written The Nitwit movie script loosely based on real life events with the
intention of having Leaving Eden’s music throughout the movie and procuring other pros to make the movie. Where Leaving Eden has been involved with having our music placed in different movies and TV series this simply made sense. While in Iowa after wrapping up on a shoot I sat down with Nitwit Movie Producer, Ray Van Blarcom and Actor, Matt Moody over a scotch and threw the script down on the table. They started reading it, thought it was hilarious so we decided let’s make the movie. For me being the director of several music videos it was a very simple transition to direct The Nitwit Movie. Finally, I was intrigued by Matt Moody’s experience not only in production but as an actor. Ironically Matt fit the leading role as The Nitwit perfectly. He then brought in Jordan Smith as his co-star and Nitwit Movie Producer, Fran Huges, the rest is history. We expect the movie to be released in 2020 by SGL Entertainment.”
Press release Link:
Leaving Eden Fable Album