I had the privilege of interviewing The Order of Elijah.We talked about the new album, musical influences, and so much more.
Rob:Who is The Order of Elijah?
The Order of Elijah: The Order of Elijah is group of guys from Missouri that come together for the art of music. We all come from different backgrounds and we all have different tastes in music which is why I think most people have trouble labeling us in a genre, but I like that. People feel the need to label or interpret everything. It helps some people understand what they’re dealing with. The Order of Elijah as an entity will flip the tables just the moment you think you’ve figured it out. I don’t believe true art is meant to be perfectly interpreted.
Rob: Your new album “War at Heart” comes out on January 8,2016 . What inspired the album’s title?
The Order of Elijah:the album title… well at the time that the lyrics were written I was going through some of the roughest times of my life. The title is an overall explanation for why I wrote what I wrote. We challenged ourselves during this writing process over and over, musically and mentally. The songs’ meanings range from the first moments of my divorce, some of the very moments that I was shedding religion, depression, anger, addiction, and then on the other note I speak of some of the most meaningful and beautiful parts of my life. My pen and paper was the only therapist I had. (Ha-ha.)
Rob: What can your fans expect from “War at Heart?”
The Order of Elijah: The fans can expect a lot more from this album than our last album. We have matured as musicians. We’ve learned to wield each member’s individual talents rather then just be a robot playing the part. There’s a lot more fast vocals; there’s a lot more dominant bass parts, and there’s some powerful bass drops that will make your windows shake. Nick from Luxor Records did a fantastic job mastering the songs. We maintain the roots of our previous album, Dethrone, while honing in on artistic progression. I don’t think anybody wants to make the same album twice, we definitely did not do that.
Rob: What is your song writing process?
The Order of Elijah:We have a variety of songwriting processes. I will say that we have come to some specific formulas that help us form each song from the foundation up. Often Josh starts working with Bryan; we pinpoint transitions and points of power, typically have a formal discussion about the intro, and many other things that contribute to the process. We’ve written entire songs with an unplugged electric guitar and Josh slapping his legs and stopping the ground, then put it all together the next day of practice. Then some songs will be created and filtered all in a practice setting. I think it’s important that you let the songs write themselves. If we wrote every song exactly like we did the previous song, in the same setting, in the same method, I think it would extinguish some of the innovation that can come from random moments.
Rob: What bands influence your sound?
The Order of Elijah:Each member listens to different tunes. James is always into something from the 90’s. Josh is our hardcore/deathcore only guy (unless he’s drunk then it’s ska). Myk had been jamming Whitechapel and UABB lately. Bryan listens to electronic genres or whatever heavy band that Josh turns him onto. Me, I like anything from Elvis to Parkway Drive to Machine Gun Kelley.
Rob: If you could play with one band who would it be?
The Order of Elijah: We’ve have the privilege to play with a lot of bands that we love and would typically want to play with. In the past few years we’ve shared stage with For Today, Emmure, BOO, Static X (just before Wayne died) and many more musicians that we admire. Although if I were to personally have the choice to tour with any band out there it would be Parkway Drive. They are world dominant, their music was ahead of its time long ago and still thrives today, and good lord, think about the crowds you’d play to.