metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk


  INTERVIEW WITH EVA PLAYS DEAD

Johnny Main

johnny main



eva plays dead

MetalTalk sat down with Derby based quartet Eva Plays Dead to find out more about them, where they've come from, the history of the band and what their aspirations for the future are.

The first thing I asked them was the inevitable "how long have you been together?", to which I was told the very exacting count of "six months and nineteen days" by drummer Seb Boyse before he quickly adds "(that) with this line-up and name, though, the whole project has been going for just over three years".

As guitarist Matt Gascoyne explains, "I started jamming with a few friends back in school when we were looking for a vocalist. I'd known Tig (vocalist Tiggy Dockerty) for a few years after meeting on a Japanese school exchange, strangely, we didn't get on at all at first! Anyway," he continues, "when she applied, we thought we'd give her a blast! Since the music started changing, we lost members and picked up Zach (bass player, Zach Shannon) first, through a bit of MySpace/Facebook stalking, and when we lost our old drummer, Zach recommended Seb."

Article continues below...



The band were previously called Bury The Ladybird, and I ask them why they chose to change to Eva Plays Dead? "Our music massively changed in a small period of time," confirms Boyse, "and the old name didn't really reflect what we sounded like, so we began to feel uncomfortable playing under the Bury The Ladybird banner, and felt it was time for a change for something better suited to our genre!

So, I ask, how the Eva Plays Dead name come about? "When we decided we needed a name change, and we had a gig in Glasgow back in October 2012", Gascoyne tells me, "and we set ourselves the challenge of coming up with a name whilst we were up there". However as he explains further, plans went somewhat awry when the band "just got wasted – so much so, Seb became a 'drug inspector' at 5.00am at the hotel we were staying at. He disturbed a lot of people that night! When we got back home, we realised we hadn't got a name", Gascoyne continues, "So whilst we were preparing for the re-launch with our record label for the name we hadn't got yet, the pressure was on. We wanted something dark which reflected our music slightly more, but which also portrayed Tig's femininity. We were big fans of a local act called Patchwork Grace, who have now broken up, and they had an awesome song called 'Play Dead' so we thought we'd rob it. Then out of nowhere, the name Eva came to us".

As Eva Plays Dead, I ask what the band have achieved in their relatively short career so far? Again, Boyse is first to answer telling me: "We've done our first headline tour, successfully released our full length album (called 'Guilt Trips & Sins' and is available from the band's official online store or download from all good digital outlets), and we have also released our debut music video for the track 'Secret'. That's still not enough, if I'm honest. We've done a lot of drinking, all over the country. I'd say that's our big one so far", jokes Shannon.

eva plays dead

It's always interesting to listen to a band and to try and work out if there are any obvious influences, but with Eva Plays Dead, this isn't so easy to identify. They list bands as diverse as Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Black Flag and Rancid amongst their influences, so I ask them about the musicians they feel have influenced them most: "As a drummer", says Boyse, "I'm influenced by a lot of things you'd never guess that sound nothing like us like The Chariot (an American mathcore band from Douglasville, Georgia) and The Wonder Years (an American pop punk band from Lansdale, Pennsylvania). Musically I'm enjoying Monster Truck (a Canadian rock band from Hamilton, Ontario) at the moment. Amazing stuff".

Shannon interjects at this point, saying: "I was the one who said Rancid, Black Flag, etc. as my influences. Personally, I like to think I pull quite a bit of my style from bands like those, but my biggest influence would be Lemmy. I've always loved his playing style, where he plays bass like a rhythm guitar, as well as his tone. Since we only have one guitarist, I have more space to fill up in the mix, so for me, that heavily distorted tone works really well."

  When it comes to songwriting every band does it slightly differently, so I ask them how the process works within the confines of Eva Plays Dead: "Matt or Zach will come up with the initial riff", explains Boyse, "then I'll build on it, giving it some structure before Tigg will begin to write some lyrics." Asked about the themes of the lyrics, Boyse replies quite bluntly, "Sex, Love, Hate, Anger!"

As mentioned already, the band released their debut album 'Guilt Trips & Sins' back in March 2013, so I ask the band what the response to the release was like? "It was very good, actually", confirms Dockerty, "including a 10/10 review from one webzine" she adds proudly. When pressed to reveal any other releases that are in the pipeline, Boyse is quick to confirm that "we should be hopefully doing an EP in the near future", with Gascoyne adding positively that they plan to release "a few more singles if all goes to plan".

eva plays dead

The band recently released a cover of 'Whole Lotta Rosie' by AC/DC, and I ask if this is something the band are keen to do more of in the future? "Yes, I think we'll also be doing some original acoustic songs later on too", confirms Boyse, before Shannon adds jokingly that "(he's) working on some acoustic arrangements of Slayer tracks for us to cover. I'm still working on that scream from Angel of Death, but I'll get it done!" he adds sarcastically.

With no solid dates for the next few months, Gascoyne confirms that the band are currently "booking some really cool dates for later this year and early next year" which is certainly something to look forward to, and I ask the band the highlights and low lights of being out on the road for a tour.

"We always look forward to playing shows, but the first tour we did beat everything else by miles", says Gascoyne with obvious pride, "because it was all very new and very exciting for all of us. With touring nowadays, though, as well as looking forward to playing shows night after night, hanging out with old fans and meeting new ones, it gives us the chance to remember why we're in the band together - being able to spend proper time together. When we're at home we each have lots of different things going on so it can be hard to hang out as much as we'd like", he affirms. "The only low light so far" he adds, "is that we're normally too scared to fall asleep in the van, knowing we'd probably wake up with no eyebrows!"

Talking of their live show, I ask them what someone who's not seen the band live before what they can expect at an Eva Plays Dead gig: "Very loud noises", says Boyse with a wry smile before Shannon adds "My mohawk slapping them in the face (big pause) Repeatedly!"

Bringing the conversation to a close, I ask the band what the realistically want to achieve to which Dockerty replies: "We want to just be able to have a larger fan base around the country so we can tour more often and play more shows!" Well, that's not asking too much now, is it. Certainly Eva Plays Dead look like they have a bright future ahead, so good luck to them, that's what I say!

You can watch the official video for 'Secret' here:



You can see Eva Plays Dead live here:
Saturday 20 July - Bradford (with Deny the Lie)
Friday 26th July – Rock and Blues fest, Derbyshire
Thursday 1st August – Pre hometown show acoustic set, Asylum (Shop), Derby
Saturday 3rd August – Ynot Festival, Matlock
Saturday 10 August - The Victoria Inn, Derby
Sunday 18th August – The Flapper, Birmingham
Thursday 5th September – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Friday 6th September – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Saturday 7th September – Rescue Rooms (Macmillan Fest), Nottingham
MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Eva Plays Dead are:
Tiggy Dockerty – Vocals
Matt Gascoyne – Guitar
Zach Shannon – Bass
Seb Boyse – Drums

Online:
Official Website: http://www.evaplaysdead.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EvaPlaysDead 

Thanks to Eva Plays Dead for their time.

All pictures/Images are © Eva Plays Dead 2013.


11.7.2013







 

bill price GUNS N' ROSES AND SEX PISTOLS PRODUCER/ENGINEER BILL PRICE HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY
Price worked with Rod Stewart, INXS, Pete Townshend, Elton John, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Big Audio Dynamite...

fish marillion FISH CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY OF 'CLUTCHING AT STRAWS' WITH UK TOUR
"These are the only dates this year as because of my shoulder operation next month with the extensive recovery period..."

ross the boss UK EXCLUSIVE: ROSS THE BOSS ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES AHEAD OF SPECIAL GUEST SLOT ON MetalTalk RADIO THIS WEEK
"We are going to devastate every audience, every night, without mercy..."

dokken WAS BREAKING NEWS: CLASSIC DOKKEN LINE-UP CONFIRMED FOR RAMBLIN' MAN
Dokken, Lynch, Pilson and Brown will play together in England for the first time in around a quarter-of-a-century...

grand magus DEF LEPPARD AND POISON ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN DATES
"I could not be more excited. I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage..."

grand magus VIKINGS TO INVADE YORKSHIRE: GRAND MAGUS TO HEADLINE KEIGHLEY FESTIVAL
"Get your tickets now and prepare to raise your fists and bang your heads for the glory of Metal!"

armored saint ARMORED SAINT UK TOUR DATES AND 'MARCH OF THE SAINT (LIVE)' VIDEO ARE HERE
"We're really looking forward to playing these select UK shows in March..."

screaming eagles SCREAMING EAGLES TO FEATURE IN NEW AMAZON PRIME SERIES STARRING BRYAN CRANSTON
The band will be releasing a live mini-album in spring 2017 and will be touring in the UK, France and Germany throughout the year...

martyrd MARTYRD SET TO OPEN FOR METAL ALLEGIANCE, MARTY FRIEDMAN AND GUS G
"NAMM is a blast, total musical sensory overload from every direction. It’s like getting lost in a hurricane - I can't wait."

john garcia EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE: JOHN GARCIA UNLEASHES 'GIVE ME 250ml'
"This record is one of the most important of my career, difficult and challenging to do, but worth every minute of sweat!"

avenged sevenfold WAS BREAKING NEWS: AVENGED SEVENFOLD TO OPEN LONDON POP-UP STORE
The shop will be hosting in-store raffles and giveaways of exclusive and signed merchandise...

avenged sevenfold ROCK MEETS CLASSIC 2017 EUROPE LINE-UP IS HERE
Rock meets Classic has a terrific vibe and the legendary cross-over-project combines emotional classic with world-famous rock songs...

paddy goes to holyhead PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ARE BACK FOR THE CRAIC ON ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
The band supposedly played their last ever gig two years ago in celebration of their 30th anniversary...

nightlord EXCLUSIVE THE UNKNOWN BAND WHO INFLUENCED METALLICA AIRS ON MetalTalk RADIO
Also featuring is the very first UK radio airplay of Cellar Darling, the band created by former Eluveitie members...

epica EPICA RELEASE 'BEYOND THE MATRIX' VIDEO - WATCH IT HERE
"The energy that lives within 'Beyond The Matrix' is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind..."

nightlord JOHN COGHLAN'S QUO BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
John Coghlan's Quo have announced UK dates across the Kingdom that will see them busy throughout the year...

jimmy bain JIMMY BAIN'S WIDOW NEEDS OUR HELP
"Jimmy recently passed away without a proper will in place and now his better half is in trouble..."

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST 'LIVE' TOKYO FEATURING BARDEN, BONNET AND McAULEY OUT IN MARCH
Features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker...

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE OVERDOSED WHEN SHARON HAD CANCER
"I watched him scoop his hands into a bowl of pills, swallow a handful of something, and then wash it down with vodka..."

eluveitie ELUVEITIE NEW LINE-UP IS COMPLETE, FIRST GIGS GO DOWN A STORM
"Above all we're super happy and thankful that we're complete again and given the chance to have such gifted musicians on board..."

gene simmons GENE SIMMONS RESTAURANT HONOURS US VETS
"The opening day of every Rock & Brews is dedicated to our vets, the public is not allowed in."

deep purple DEEP PURPLE SUE THEIR LONG-TIME ACCOUNTANT FOR FOUR MILLION
"I'm completely irresponsible. I'm ignorant about money as a commodity — I have never really understood it."

tony iommi UK EXCLUSIVE: VINCE NEIL FIST FIGHT WITH BOY GEORGE STOPPED AS ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER SHUTS UP PRESIDENT TRUMP
"They screwed up. That was a huge miss and someone should have a talking-to."

tony iommi GLENN HUGHES: "I'M THRILLED TO BE TOURING THE UK IN JANUARY"
"Let's get 2017 going with a killer night for ROCK lovers, movers and shakers. I'm in. Let's go!"

tony iommi TONY IOMMI HAS SUCCESSFUL THROAT OPERATION AND IS CANCER-FREE
"We had to have it checked in case it may have been cancerous. But it turns out it wasn't, which I found out Christmas Day..."

ronnie montrose RONNIE MONTROSE REMEMBERED: ALL-STAR MEMORIAL CONCERT TO TAKE PLACE AT NAMM 2017
"Ronnie helped light a fire in me and made me want to approach guitar playing with that kind of zeal and expression..."

motorhead beer PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE TO APPEAR AT MOTÖRHEAD BEER LAUNCH IN LONDON
This is sure to be one superb night with beer, live music and Motörhead, but not necessarily in that order...

tony iommi BLACK STAR RIDERS PREMIERE 'TESTIFY OR SAY GOODBYE'
Black Star Riders are set to release their forthcoming album 'Heavy Fire' on 3rd February via Nuclear Blast...

tony iommi BREAKING NEWS: TONY IOMMI DROPS HEAVY METAL AND JOINS THE CHOIR
"It's a bit different to Sabbath!" says Tony, in probably the biggest understatement of all time...

tony iommi ROCK MUSIC IN SUPERHERO MOVIES
It's pretty wild to think that this whole ride that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe started off with a little AC/DC...

jimi hendrix JIMI HENDRIX'S WAH-WAH PEDAL AND AMP SURVIVES AUCTION HOUSE BURGLARY
"It was a very positive and uplifting experience to work for Jimi. He was like a shaman, a medicine man, a preacher.."

alestorm ALESTORM ENTER FLORIDA STUDIO BUT A CHALLENGE AWAITS THEM BACK IN BLIGHTY
"It is full of epic songs about pirates, drinking, and pseudoscientific cryptogeography..."

queen QUEEN GUITARIST BRIAN MAY WANTS TO BRING ROCK TO A NEW GENERATION
"It was actually all very planned and deliberate and came totally out of Freddie's fevered imagination..."

phil lynott MASS TRIBUTES PAID TO PHIL LYNOTT ON ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING
"God bless my old friend, thanks for the faith you showed in allowing me to record your music..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION ENTER STUDIO TO BEGIN WORK ON FOURTH ALBUM
"One thing I want to make clear to everybody across air nation is that Joe Bonamassa and I never fell out..."

hair metal heaven BLAZE BAYLEY BRAND NEW ALBUM AND WORLD TOUR DETAILS ARE HERE
'Endure And Survive' is set for release on 3rd March 2017 and will be accompanied by a world tour totalling some 120 shows...

hair metal heaven HAIR METAL HEAVEN FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST ACTS FOR INAUGURAL EVENT
The Hair Metal Heaven Festival has a very eighties feel to it, as the team behind it explain here...

motorhead EXCLUSIVE TEST PILOT DROPS TWO GRAND ON NEW MOTÖRHEAD VIDEO SLOT
"A few spins later and I turned up a row of gold Snaggletooths which promptly caught fire and the voice of the man himself commanded: 'Turn it up!'"

deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE NEW 'inFinite' TRAILERS AND EXPECTED ALBUM FORMATS
'Time For Bedlam', the first single which was revealed late last year, is available as instant grat as part of the digital album pre-order...

hollywood AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR COULD LAST FIVE YEARS
"We had a talk a few weeks back about going into the studio. When that'll happen, though, I'm not sure. We certainly have plenty of ideas..."

rick parfitt EXCLUSIVE MEGADETH MAINMAN DAVE MUSTAINE REVEALS HE'S AN ARSENAL FC SUPPORTER
Megadeth, formed in Los Angeles in 1983 after Dave left Metallica, are currently enjoying a rich vein of form...

hollywood FORMER PEARL JAM DRUMMER HITS OUT AT THE BAND
"We need music, each other and the spirit of Rock & Roll now, more than ever before..."

hollywood HOLLYWOOD SIGN CHANGED BY PRANKSTERS TO READ 'HOLLYWEED'
"An artist's role throughout history has been to create representations of the culture he exists in..."

metallica METALLICA GUITARIST KIRK HAMMETT'S HOME FOR SALE FOR £16m
Apparently a house like this doubles its asking price every six or seven years...

kiss EXCLUSIVE KISS' GENE SIMMONS DROPS BIGGEST HINT YET THAT ACE FREHLEY REUNION IS ON
Over 7,000 likes later, fans are in big speculation that it really is going to happen...

rick parfitt WAS BREAKING NEWS: BLOODSTOCK UNVEIL SECOND 2017 HEADLINER
"Megadeth had a blast last time and I can't wait to bring the Dystopia World Tour to Bloodstock this Summer."

rick parfitt EXCLUSIVE JOHN COGHLAN REVEALS TWO NEW TRACKS WITH RICK PARFITT ARE NEARLY READY FOR RELEASE
"It was going to be Status Quo PLC [Parfitt, Lancaster, Coghlan] and that was Francis' idea originally."

wizz wizzard WIZZ WIZZARD VOCALIST WIZZ BEAUPREZ HAS PASSED AWAY
Wizz Wizzard were signed to Rock Sector Records and labelmate Chris Appleton of Absolva led the tributes...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO TO TOUR IN 2017
"It was very emotional. I didn't think that I was gonna cry, but I did. I broke down...."

metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2017, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery