LEAVING EDEN, a Boston-based hard-rock band. The new album titled “Pinnacle” (Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal) dropped on Friday, November 8th. This multi-award-winning, powerhouse of a band features the incredible spectrum and range of lead vocalist “Eve.” “Pinnacle” punctuates the multi-layered evolution of composition and focuses your attention upon the unique musical vision that clearly sets Leaving Eden apart from the herd.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Eric: Hi I am Eric Gynan cofounder guitarist/songwriter of the band Leaving Eden from the Boston Mass area USA New England. We will be making a live DVD when we share the stage with Ratt. It should be a fun time. We’ve already got our next album recorded. We’ve got a couple more movies that our music is going to be in. Leaving Eden Current Lineup: Eve lead vocals, Alyssa White keys vocals, Jake Gynan drums, Rich Chouinard bass vocals, Eric Gynan guitar vocals.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Eric: Leaving Eden has been around the block for sure well over a decade.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Eric: Originally? I’ve been in bands since I was a young’n so when I started out the motivation was to simply play as much as I possibly could, fingers bleeding the whole nine yards. As we evolve the picture becomes a little more clear. Our motto has always been, we’ll play anywhere, anyhow, anyway, so long as we can. I’m motivated by the friendships we create.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Eric: I’ve been playing music since I could walk, took some music in college but I think it’s in the blood. I have a great Grandfather and a great, great Grandfather whom had their own orchestras in Italy and Germany.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Eric: A heavy rock image, however, you may be surprised to know that we play acoustic stuff, cross musical genres so to speak.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Eric: Great question. I think I’ve had to learn, took some time, but if you set those goals too high you end up being disappointed. We are all called for something and only ourselves can figure that out, no one else. With such high aspirations, one may question their own destiny. With good comes bad, always has, always will. So, if you set your goals within reason, you find that you can reach them, and just because you may not have set your goals to the top of the line, doesn’t mean you can’t reach it. Our goals are to release an album per year, keep our schedule full, and help other bands along the way. My goal, I’ll play anywhere, anyhow, anyway, so long as I can and basically we continuously meet our goals. It’s a matter of perspective that with the exact same circumstances, the lifelong outcome is much better.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Eric: They go hand in hand for me. In other words, by day I’m a mild-mannered recording engineer for Leaving Eden and by night I’m on the stage.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Eric: Leaving Eden’s lyrics are based on reality, good bad or indifferent. It’s always good and evil forces at work and it’s about overcoming these forces. I think that I write about life in general. Maybe some philosophy in there. But really I just kind of get myself into a meditative state and close my eyes lift up my arms and connect with the universe and the lyrics just flow from somewhere else.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Eric: Again as those two (recording/performing) go hand in hand, I’ve got so many songs to release an album a year, I just want all that music out there. It’s like any craftsman, they’ll just keep at it.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Eric: I would say we’ve done a lot of touring, the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Puddle Of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After (40th Anniversary of Woodstock), Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s, Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Michaels, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, HELLYEAH, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel, Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, Sevendust, Sebastian Bach, Soulfly, Days Of The New, Nonpoint, Drowning Pool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, Mushroomhead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10 Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One Eyed Doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge) Lamb Of God, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Blackstone Cherry, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Adelitas Way, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Gemini Syndrome, Pop Evil, Ratt, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death, Nickleback, Skillet & many more.
We will be in and around New England USA. Can check our tour dates here: https://leavingeden.com/tour
So many people have been down to earth, very few were legitimate assholes.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Eric: Don’t wanna embarrass them lol. So here’s one not so bad, just being asked to sign body parts unexpectedly.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Eric: Sure, it’s all they’ve ever known of me.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Eric: I would say to get out of the basement take any gigs you can get. Find an experienced band jump onto some of their shows. Spend your money wisely try not to pay people upfront for services. Make sure you have a stellar recording.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Eric: Well we do have seven albums currently out. As far as this album pinnacle our latest release, The song we are not alone is very cool and fun to play. Here’s a write up we can share: LMNH Media for Leaving Eden
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Eric: So many old and newer artists from Sabbath, Ritchie Blackmore, Disturbed POP Evil. And then there’s Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills ànd Nash. Loved the heavy shit as a kid, got turned on to some folk shit and loved that too.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Eric: Leaving Eden, Fleetwood Mac, Disturbed and Alice Cooper. I’ve got to share the stage with disturbed and Alice Cooper never with Fleetwood Mac but Fleetwood Mac with Lindsey Buckingham, by the way, sold so many records and have great harmony and I love his guitar work. Alice Cooper was the best theatrical performance I’ve ever seen. He hung himself on stage. I got to say when I played with Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson I was more blown away by Alice Cooper.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Eric: I think signing with Dark star records/Sony\Universal with worldwide distribution, getting into movies has been a big deal for us as well. Having our schedule filled with 70+ dates booked in advance is always good too.
XS ROCK: If you weren't performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Eric: Well I got a couple of college degrees for what it’s worth. But I would probably be doing recording engineering, video production editing, etc.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Eric: I use a Line 6/Bogner tube amp. Mesa Boogie speakers, Gibson SG’s.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Eric: Well it is what it is. I try and help other bands by giving them opportunities to showcase. But music is definitely the universal language so you just gotta be creative. I like the music scene here in New England.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Eric: Maybe that actions speak louder than words. Commitment to one thing and never relenting. And let’s say the love that I have in my heart for my fellow brother/sister.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you'd like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Eric: Sure! Our Newest album Pinnacle is available worldwide!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Eric: Yessa!! Been a pleasure man, peace!
Leaving Eden’s album “Pinnacle” (Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal) is out now worldwide.