I spoke with C.T., the singer and founder of the Michigan based band, EyeCandy. He enlightened me about the band, describing them as “a pop band with a punk attitude”. Armed with a variety of influences from AFI to Mumford & Sons, C.T. and his fellow band members craft a different shade of alternative music.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
The great decade of the 80’s. Especially anything that makes me feel like John Hughes is directing my life. Emarosa is definitely a huge inspiration on me, as well as AFI. And Paramore. All three of those bands have wonderfully iconic frontmen/frontwomen.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I’m really digging the new Jonas Brothers album. And “Burnin’ Up” will always be a jam. And Carly Rae Jepsen just released a really great album, too.
- What’s next for the band?
What’s next…. well, what I can say for sure is that we have a lot of content lined up. We have a few collabs [sic] planned as well as some new music. I think people will be pleasantly surprised with what we have coming.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
I think streaming services have made the idea of getting music simpler, yes. And releasing music is easier than ever. But, as far as getting people to care, that’s the difficult thing. Because we can all bury ourselves in our phones and our playlists and live vicariously through others via Instagram, it’s hard to get people to take 4 minutes to listen to a song. God forbid go to an actual show!
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
We have a song about the TV show Dexter. And we have another song that was inspired by the poetry of John Berryman.
- Can you describe your sound?
This is honestly my least favorite question people ask because I am always at a loss for words haha. We are alternative. A rock band with influences from punk and pop. I would say we are a modern version of pop. One where you use guitars and real drums and head-bang sometimes. A pop band with a punk attitude.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Once again, I love the latest release from the Jonas Brothers. Emarosa’s Peach Club is my album of the year and the whole thing slaps. Also, some friends of mine in the band LOKELLA just released an album called Censory Overload that is rad. If you have not heard any of these, get on it.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Well, when I was about 13 years old, I discovered AFI. I fell in love. And of course, like any child with an idol, I wanted to be the frontman, Davey Havok. I started experimenting with my mom’s makeup late at night and asked her to take me out to get skinny jeans (which she did). I wanted to be my own person and as I continued to explore what that looked like for me, music always fueled my creativity. And when I needed it, it sheltered me from the massive amounts of bullying I received for trying to be who I wanted to be. I started to learn bass and then guitar. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, the first experience I had playing in a band was at church. And I honestly could not have learned so much about music without it. As far as starting EyeCandy, it began as a solo acoustic project about 8 years ago. No one really could commit to a band the way I wanted at the time. About 5 years later I would happen upon a few friends of mine who all wanted to start a band based around a few songs I had. And it all clicked. And once again, I fell in love.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Instrumentally, we all contribute ideas. As far as arrangement, I do more of that. But with song ideas, we all play guitar, so we all bounce ideas and riffs around until it starts forming in my head. Then I present my arrangement and we all give input and kinda tweak it where it feels right. Lyrically, it’s a bit more simple. For the most part, I write them. When I write a new song, I show it to the guys and see what they think. Sometimes if I’m stuck I will ask what they think or if there are any other thoughts floating around. Honestly I got lucky to be in a band with people who like what I say.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Emarosa, for sure. Maybe Rise Against or Paramore. Issues would be cool.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
It is what works best these days. With social media and all that, you need to be constantly active as an artist or people forget you exist. In 2019, when a band releases an album it is seen as one thing rather than 10 different songs that you can enjoy for several months. I find myself getting sucked into it. When an artist I like releases an album, I have to fight the urge to beg for more. We live in an instant gratification world.