Eve to Adam is set to release their new album “Locked and Loaded” this summer. The band will also be hitting the road with with Texas Hippie Coalition for a coast-to-coast tour. Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates here.
Vocalist Taki Sassaris sat down with us to answer some questions about Eve to Adam’s upcoming release.
Type 3 Media: The new album, “Locked and Loaded,” comes out this Summer. What’s different about this album compared to your last album?
Taki Sassaris: This album is an evolution. A lot of it is focused on the writing. For our last album, we didn’t have as much time as we wanted to prepare. Although there were some really cool moments, and I am still really proud of that record, this record has a lot more focus and care put into the foundation. We’re going to be touring these songs a lot, so we have to be sure that we’re satisfied, and also wanted to make it a little bit more aggressive and edgy. Having done as many shows as we did last year, we understand what really gravitates toward the crowd. The core of this entire operation is the songs. The songs bring people to the shows and the songs get people talking about the band. We’re very blessed to have great management and a great label, but if you don’t have the songs… We wanted to make sure that was the focus. I asked my management “please, I need some people that I can collaborate with to write the best possible material.” They were awesome and complied by bringing in some amazing talent. We got a chance to work with Eric Bass of Shinedown and wrote two songs with him. We worked with Elvis Baskette thanks to Mark Tremonti. We became friends with him after touring with Creed last year. I heard the solo record he did for Tremonti and was like “wow, this is the guy I want to work with.” Dave Bassett, his resume speaks for itself. We’re really proud to say that we came up with one hell of a record. Key to us is that there’s no filler on this album. We’ve been rehearsing this material now for two months and the band is really gelling. We’re really starting to know the material. Things are starting to heat up and it’s a very exciting time right now. Basically, it’s the most fun you can have with a band, coming out with a new album. It’s just on the cusp, and you feel that electricity. It’s exciting, man. I’m looking toward the future and I’m feeling good about things.
Type 3 Media: I would agree that there’s no filler, it’s a solid album front to back.
Taki Sassaris: We’re trying to bring people back to buying albums again. The only way you’re going to do that is by putting as many great songs on an album as possible. There’s been so many bands before us that have taken advantage of the audience by putting out just a few good songs and trying to get that $9.99 or $11.99 out of them. So, the only way is to do the work. We put out the best quality album we can, and it’s not easy to do. You have to have that focus and make sure you never compromise on that focus.
Type 3 Media: What was the biggest challenge putting the new album together?
Taki Sassaris: Honestly, it’s just breaking the ice and getting into it. Gaurav and I got the ideas started, and “Fortune Teller” was one of the first songs. Coming off a touring schedule, it’s just getting a little bit of time to get your focus back to put your energy toward the new album. That was really the biggest challenge. Not to be overwhelmed by the fact that this album had to be a huge leap forward for us. Knowing that we would get the opportunity to work with some other great people. As long as we put our best energy forward, we were going to come up with some special things.
Type 3 Media: Some bands crumble under the pressure of releasing a follow-up album.
Taki Sassaris: You know what, sometimes when your back is up against the wall, the choices are easy. It’s either, come up with it and make it happen or it’s over. When you’re faced with circumstances like that… and we’re a band from New York city, there’s not much we haven’t seen or experienced… you can either cry and bitch about it or, when you’re getting another opportunity, you step up to the plate, gauge the pitch, then fuckin’ crank it out of the park. That’s it, those are your choices. When you have circumstances like that, it’s fight or flight. Either rise up and overcome, and it’s going to be the greatest moment of you life and career, or you’re going to weather under the pressure and you didn’t deserve to be there anyway. It becomes quite clear. We’re lucky to have a great relationship with our management. They’re real believers. They have a lot of passion for the band also. They believe in music, they believe in the band. That’s what it takes today, more so than ever, because it’s rough out there and there are moments when you’re really tested. It’s good to have people you can lean on.
Type 3 Media: Which track on the album are you the most proud of how it turned out?
Taki Sassaris: “Immortal” is one of my favorites. It was the third song we wrote with Dave Bassett. I’m an active guy, I like to stay in shape, and I was working out one day at a hotel gym. I would get some ideas from getting high off the endorphins and I just came up with that title, “Immortal.” We’re in a day and age where everyone is trying to hold on to youth as long as possible. Life expectancy is longer than it ever has been, and also people are inspired to do great things. There are people that are great, but then there are people that are legends and leave a legacy behind that’s immortal. It lives on beyond their death. That level of excellence and accomplishment, everyone knows who those people are. Whether it’s Michael Jordan, JFK or Jimi Hendrix, there are certain people that accomplish things in their time and leave a legacy. I find that very inspirational, because I think the quest should always be to try to be the best. To leave something behind that will be unique and special that people can remember beyond your time. The song kind of wrote itself because there was a lot of enthusiasm for it, and it came about really easy.
Type 3 Media: You’ve toured with some big acts, like Creed, over the past few years. What was the biggest takeaway from those experiences?
Taki Sassaris: What I learned is that there are phases to bands’ careers. If you’re lucky enough, something special starts to happen and you start to excel. You’ve got to recognize the fact that it happens because of a cumulative amount of reasons. It’s not just you, or the band, or even just the crew, there are so many people that are involved. You have to be involved and you have to believe to make something happen on that kind of level. What’s really important is not to fuck it up. Those opportunities are very unique, not everybody gets to those levels. To really get to those huge levels of success, millions of copies sold, legions of fans and dominance for years, requires a special combination of elements and timing that have to occur for it to happen. The most important thing to recognize is that when things start getting easy for you, don’t forget where you came from and how hard it was to get to where you are, and don’t take it for granted. Don’t take your bandmates for granted and don’t take the people that work for you for granted. Most of all, don’t take your fans or audience for granted, because those are the people that believe in you no matter what. When it’s raining its hardest, and it looks absolutely bleak out there, they are the ones who are always ready to stand in line to be the first at the barricade, and be the first in line to buy the album. They’re the ones that believe, and if you start eating away at that foundation, and they start to doubt you, then you’re in a really bad situation. Then it’s only a matter of time before you used to play 10,000 seat halls, now you’re doing 900 seat clubs. You can’t take anything for granted. It takes a brotherhood to do this. It takes a lot of people to believe. You’re never more important than the guy next to you, no matter what they write about you or what they say. It’s a team effort.
Type 3 Media: And that coming from a lead singer.
Taki Sassaris: Well you know what man, that’s just the way it is. I grew up worshiping Axl Rose, and we all saw how that turned out. Those things in the 80’s were great, with the excesses. It makes great fireworks. But the problem is what goes up must come down, and when it comes down it crashes and burns everything around it. You end up burning the relationships that helped make what you have special and unique. It’s really hard to come back from that kind of destruction. The grudges you hold sometimes can never be fixed. This is a relationship thing for us. Those are the things you can’t get back. You can’t buy them or fabricate them. There are so many things you can come back from. Adrian Peterson came back from a blown-out knee. The guy was disciplined and came back to almost break the single-season rushing record. That’s easier to do, from what I’ve seen, than getting rid of a grudge that’s held for a long time. Nothing is more important than that core. There have been some bands that made it happen. Iron Maiden has been around forever, and the core of that group, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, has been there. There are ways to make it work. There are people who know how to do it.
Type 3 Media: Any closing thoughts?
Taki Sassaris: I’m just looking forward to getting out on the road and taking our music to the masses. The real way to rock, live and in the flesh, loud and proud.