XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Tim Swisher: We’re excited that our album “War on Dead – More Dead” will be Released worldwide through Pavement Entertainment on March 15, 2019. We have a bunch of dates line-up through March, April and May across a few states. Our show schedule can be seen here: https://www.eyesoftheliving.com/shows
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Tim Swisher: Eyes of the Living originally started as a past-time studio project between myself and the Bass player Chris Moore back in 2012. We invited Mike Straiton to come in a lay down guitar solos not too long after that, it was intended to be just for fun and lacked focus and was often shelved for months on end. In 2016 as some songs were becoming more complete, we realized we had something people might want to hear so we pushed to complete a full album. Clifff Fritts our drummer came into the picture in February 2017 and the full line-up was complete, we started full band rehearsals in February 2017.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Tim Swisher: I originally started on drums, switched over to guitar not by desire but because I had too, the noise was driving my step mother mad! hahaa good thing though, because guitar introduced me the path of writing songs.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Tim Swisher: our music is modern with traditional thrash elements. Driven to create energy and movement.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Tim Swisher: getting back into the music scene after a long time away. Things and ambition have changed a lot. My goal is to just have a good time playing the music I love to create to people who might want to hear it!
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Tim Swisher: tough one… I really enjoy writing, I seriously love it. The creation process is important to me, writing and recording is a must have for me…Playing live is a whole other high, seeing people react to what you created is just amazing.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Tim Swisher: “War on Dead – More Dead” is a concept album about a Zombie Apocalypse. Although the lyrics were created around a concept, many of the songs can have a universal meaning… I know they do for me.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Tim Swisher: creating music that touches your soul. When that riff moves you inside…
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Tim Swisher: yes very supportive, it’s a special thing to have!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Tim Swisher: write great songs, don’t half-ass it, have an open mind, don’t burn bridges, network and most of all be persistent.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Tim Swisher: Chemical Bath, Stench of Death, Run for your Life, Infected and Pull the Trigger.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Tim Swisher: Metallica pulled me into the heavy direction. Their album “Ride the Lightening” lit the way. Seeing Metallica, and Mercyful Fate live is what made me think, this is something I’d like to do!
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Tim Swisher: tough question… so many great bands to choose from. I’ll say “Slayer, Gojira, Tryptycon and us (Eyes of the Living)
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Tim Swisher: In a little less than a year of playing out we were crowned the East Coast Winners of the 2018 Wacken USA Battle in April of 2018. We went on to place 2nd overall at the finals in LA at the Viper Room. Travelling to LA and getting to perform at the Viper Room was a special moment for all of us.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Tim Swisher: artist/sculptor
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Tim Swisher: We use; Marshall, Mesa, EVH 5150 III and Hartke amplification. Dean, Ibanez and Fender guitars. DR and D’Addario strings. Boss effects, Horizon Devices, Mapex drums, Sabian and Wuhan cymbals.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Tim Swisher: It’s there but has its ebbs and flows. Would love to the see a massive surge in the Metal scene again! METAL HEADS UNITE!
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Tim Swisher: We are a bunch of laid back easy going guys with a passion and love for metal! I think our writing offers up a broad mix of sound that can be appealing to a variety of listeners.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Tim Swisher: Thank you for taking the time to check out Eyes of the Living. If you like what we do give us a like on our socials. We look forward to hopefully seeing some of you at some future shows!
Eyes of the Living:
Current Line Up:
Tim Swisher – Vocals/Guitar
Chris Moore – Bass/Backing Vocals
Mike Straiton – Lead Guitar
Cliff Fritts – Drums