Eye Empire

Since I’ve been into rock from the start (I was rocking to 80’s bands in the 80’s, and I was born in the 80’s!), I know a few things about supergroups. Remember Damn Yankees? Sure ya do! We haven’t featured many bands that we’d call a supergroup on PEV… but Eye Empire may have broken that trend. We’re talking about four guys who may not have played in bands like Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine and Guns N’ Roses, but they’re more than experienced on the scene.

It started in 2007 when bassist Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo/Stereomud/Dark New Day) and guitarist B.C. Kochmit (Switched) began working with Morgan Rose of PEV alum Sevendust. Today, with Rose back doing his thing with Sevendust, the fearsome foursome has been realized with lead singer Donald Carpenter (Submersed) and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence/Dark New Day). For those of you not keeping track… there’s a lotta kick-ass bands in there!


Their new record, “Moment of Impact” is generating waves in the alt rock world, an honest depiction of Eye Empire, something that Carpenter says “sets us apart”. He gave up more details on the record, “MOI is a labor of love and that's an understatement. It's very diverse and there is a song on there for everybody. This record will facilitate any mood.” You gotta get yourself over to the record store and check it out. Eye Empire will be out promoting “Moment of Impact” with a vengeance, so check the schedule. There’s more for you to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Eye Empire

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

DCofEE:  Hmmm, It's honest. I feel it's an honest representation of who we are as artists and persons in our lives right now. I feel that in itself sets us apart but our diversity is something that I think is one of our Biggest Strong points. We go to a lot of different places, as we should.

PEV: What kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

DCofEE:  There are a lot, different bands at different moments of my up bringing. I remember when I was young listening to the Doobie Brothers, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton with my dad, so many great songs. As I got older the rebellious side of Rock caught my attention. Metallica, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden really drew me in to the introspective side of the art and the latter two especially to Singing it.

PEV: Tell us your take on the music scene in your hometown and what was it like trying to break into it?

DCofEE:  Man, I grew up in a small town in Texas and there was no music scene. The scene was in Dallas, about two hours away. After I got out of the Army in '00, I moved to the Area and got started with submersed. Around that time, The Drowning Pool guys had just came out with "Bodies" which exploded and put a lot of attention on the DFW Area.  I can definitely say that helped us as we were really building some steam at the time. A lot of this business is hard, hard work but it really comes down to timing. You have your head down at that time and you don't see it but now we've all been there and this time we can see it.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Eye Empire show?

DCofEE:  A passionate representation of the record.  These songs are very personal and came out of a lot of blood, sweat and tears. We can't wait to get out there and play them live and I promise that will show.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

DCofEE:  Gratitude, A grateful feeling for those who have come out and for the opportunity to do what we love.  The connection to the fans and the service of playing for them is a true blessing. Very Grateful.

PEV: Having all been in other bands before how is playing with Eye Empire different then those other works?

DCofEE:  It's just right. The respect level is mutual all around and that effects every aspect of what it takes to be a cohesive unit.  There is always someone who just doesn't quite fit but with EE, we couldn't think of any other guys. This was meant to happen, we are sure of that… the only question is what.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

DCofEE:  Our Lives and the World we see around us.  To me music is about relatebility and understanding… that common ground.  If I can give an Open and Honest account of my life and struggles, I know there is a majority of people if not everyone who can relate to that. To me, that's what it's all about.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

DCofEE:  I think that's what drives you.  As far as it may seem we have come, there is so much further to go.  I am grateful to still have a shot.  This is a tough dream and it takes a lot of perseverance.  That's what gives that first step way back when so much weight.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Eye Empire?

DCofEE:  At this Point of the Game? Not sure… We're pretty open guys, it may all be out there already.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a goal for you?

DCofEE:  I was always musical from a very young age, never really put it all together until I saw LIVE on the "Throwing Copper" Tour when I was... I think around 14 or 15.  Ed was amazing, not just vocally but performance wise.  He ended up out in the crowd right in front of us.  That connection, inhibition, passion...It felt natural.

PEV: Tell us about your Album, "Moment Of Impact". What can fans expect from this?

DCofEE:  MOI is a Labor of Love and that's an Understatement. It's very diverse and there is a Song on there for Everybody. This Record will facilitate any mood.

PEV: How is this album different than your past Albums and as well, with other people you may have collaborated with?

DCofEE:  It's just there... it's there in every way, every song and it feels good to be a part of it.  Everything up to this point has made us who we are and it shows.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

DCofEE:  The Best Part is the Show, no doubt, obviously. The Worst is being away from your family.  The work is all for them, we get our payoff on stage every night.  I love the connection with the fans and there is no better way to connect than face to face.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

DCofEE:  They all know how hard it is and couldn't be more proud. A lot left to accomplish but definitely Proud of how far we've come.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

DCofEE:  I love to cook and I love my family. Music, grillin and chillin'!

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

DCofEE:  Hmmm, so many. Past would have to be Soundgarden, who is coming back!! Why? because they are truley unique.  They're ability to be accepted for such creatively expressive music was what drew me to this art form.  Present would be Eminem for the sheer Genius of the guy. I think he is the Most Translatable Artist out there and This would be Un-Chartered territory… No tellin!

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

DCofEE:  Man, I used to be really in touch with all that but this last year, we've been in a box. I have been hearing a lot about this band Eye Empire though.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

DCofEE:  If I had to find a new passion, it would be the Culinary Arts.  I would become and IronChef!

PEV: So, what is next for Eye Empire?

DCofEE: Tour and Start Writing for the next record. It's time to Rock!

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