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A Dirty Dozen with EVA MARIE from EVA UNDER FIRE – September 2021

| 18 September 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Emerging Detroit-based rock band and Better Noise Music artist  Eva Under Fire just unleashed another high-energy headbanger titled “Comatose,” a collaboration with Jonathan Dörr from Ego Kill Talent, who lends his gritty vocals to the single. The track continues the band’s momentum of high-energy collaborations with it being released fresh off their teaming up with Spencer Charnasof Ice Nine Kills on “Blow” earlier this summer. “Comatose,” a welcomed follow-up, is a thrilling sonic experience, showcasing the band’s ability to go hard while staying vulnerable.“Comatose (featuring Jonathan Dörr of Ego Kill Talent)” is now available for stream or download across streaming platforms. If you think rock n’ roll fairy tales are a thing of the past, you haven’t met Eva Under Fire. These Detroit rock upstarts got their start five years ago and instantly began cutting their teeth in the underground rock scene, building an enthusiastic fan base the old-fashioned way. However the band’s trajectory shifted toward the stratosphere when they sent an unsolicited demo to Better Noise Music, who recognized the band’s hybrid of rock, metal, pop and classic rock as something wholly unique. That said, it took a lot of hard work for them to get to this point. The group’s roots go back to 2015 when Eva, guitarists Chris Slapnik and Rob Lyberg, bassist Ed Joseph and drummer Corey Newsom, decided to get together and write music that represented their diverse set of influences. The chemistry clicked and after releasing a well received full-length and two EPs, the band signed to Better Noise and spent the past two years working on their next album, their most ambitious and fully realized release to date.” We get front woman Eva to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The latest song we released is called “Comatose” featuring Jonathan Dörr from Ego Kill Talent. It’s one of the heaviest hitters on the upcoming album! The song was also the most organically written. Just a vibe amongst the band in the studio. It also has a powerful message about the struggles of addiction.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve been singing since I could talk! I never considered myself a rocker ‘til high school when my friends needed a singer. I ALMOST backed out of the local battle of the bands because I was so scared to be called a poser. We not only played the gig, but we won that year. It was the first time I had the confidence to sing rock music and I knew I was onto something.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Sooooooooo many! Probably the most influential was the rock music crowd at festivals like Warped Tour, OzzFest, and Rock on the Range. I always felt at home at the rock show.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Brent Smith of Shinedown. He has an incredible voice!

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Crafty costume-y things and hanging out with my cats.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Evanescence meets Shinedown. I always welcome comparisons. If someone thinks I sound like anyone famous, I’ll take it. Obviously, some make more sense to me than others LOL!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I’m ashamed to say that all of us are terrible cooks and equally rely on takeout and catering. But when we’re home, we like to bonfire and chill with friends. When we’re on the road, we like to search out interesting food and go to the zoo.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I met Ivan Moody randomly while we were in studio.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The live show is the best part of being a musician hands down. There’s nothing like the rush of the stage. We also love connecting with fans. Music is such an emotional experience, it really brings people together. If the day arrives when I don’t do music anymore, I’d go back to being a Psychologist. Human connection about meaningful things is where it’s at for me.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I always have fun with weird questions like “what superpower would you choose”? My answer always flips between teleporting or super strength. I’m new to all this attention so I’m really not tired of any questions yet.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

We’ve run into shady characters full of false promises along the way. I would probably erase all those jerks from my history map. My bandmates would agree!

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory. It was one of the most important records to me growing up and probably the first time I started noticing my own love for rock music.






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