Eyes Eat Suns is a band that I cannot get enough of. Their music is honest and catchy. Their new release “Alive” is one of the best EP’s I have heard this year.
I had the privilege of interviewing Ayisa. She is the vocalist of Eyes Eat Suns. In this interview we talk about new music and much more.
Rob: Who is Eyes Eat Suns?
Ayisa: Eyes Eat Suns is a musical outlet. It’s a collection of music stemmed from my deepest fears, my greatest aspirations, and my blunt realities.
Rob: How did you come up with your name?
Ayisa: It’s a play on words of my first name (Ayisa) and it’s also a mnemonic device that anyone could use to remember the pronunciation of my name. But, the concept of the sun came before my idea to use it the way that I did. It’s always played a key role in my mental health. I always feel the most uplifted and inspired on the sunniest of days. It’s my friend when I need it the most.
Rob: What is your new song “Priceless Faces” about?
Ayisa: It’s about finding sanction and solitude in the space that I create. It was written by Caige and I at the end of 2014. We had just played our first music festival, in a city just a few hours outside our home town. We didn’t know anyone there; this was our first official debut as a band. We had played shows prior to this date, but this was a whole new atmosphere. We were so inspired by the day, by the people we met, and by the whole experience–we wrote a song about.
Rob: What inspired the music video?
Ayisa: We wanted to keep the video very simple. The director, Jonathan Ho, wanted it to stay candid and lighthearted. The main focus is the music and the ones who created it; we felt that was the most honest and true depiction of the song given our resources.
Rob: How has the response been?
Ayisa: I haven’t heard anything negative yet, so I’m going to have to say it’s going pretty well so far! Our only hope is that it just keeps getting better from here.
Rob: What can fans expect from your new EP?
Ayisa: Fans can expect a lot of honesty. These songs are reflections of turning moments in my life. Writing about it helped me get through rough patches and I wanted to give myself a reason to keep going; I wanted to give myself a purpose and I wanted a reason to stay alive. Whether it be with school, family, relationships, etc., it would be awesome if these songs help someone else go through their own misfortunes.
Rob: What bands inspired your new music?
Ayisa: For this particular project, it was all inner emotion. We didn’t look to other bands or musical artists to help us figure out what we wanted from the songs. We took inspiration from our own every day interactions.
Rob: Which qualities make music therapeutic for you?
Ayisa: It just is, I can’t really explain it. It’s all a bit arbitrary, like asking why someone favors one color over another. You can’t really name the reasoning for why some things are the way they are. I love that about music. It can be what it is without needing a full explanation.