'Long Live Rock!'
“We’re just trying to find that something new we can be proud of. We are not robots - and rock is not dead.” Those are the insightful and profound words of singer Matt Moseman about EDGEWATER, whose aptly titled fourth album, WE’RE NOT ROBOTS…, is due out August 22 on Forevergreen Records.
From the innovative first single “Caught In The Moment” with its cheerleader refrain to the anthemic “Get It Right” and in-your-face “Rock Is Dead,” WE’RE NOT ROBOTS… is a powerful statement of defiance for a band that refuses to compromise.
EDGEWATER - Matt Moseman (vocals), Micah Creel (guitar/backing vocals), Justin Middleton (guitar), Ricky Wolking (bass), Jeremy “Worm” Rees (drums) - gained national recognition with 2004’s SOUTH OF SIDEWAYS (Wind-Up Records) whose “Eyes Wired Shut” was also a lead single from the Gold-certified soundtrack album to “The Punisher.” They’ve toured with Gold/Platinum-selling artists Seether, Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, and Default.
Chatting recently with vocalist Matt Moseman, and noting that they were trying to find something new for this album, something that they could be proud of, I first wondered if they think they succeeded ... and if so, where had they gone to get inspired? "We went to a little cabin in Pike's Peak, Colorado to write the core of the album. It’s a very secluded place north of Colorado Springs. Then we finished the writing in Dallas. I think that we have succeeded for now, but we’e always ready to grow and work on new, fresh ideas."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying 'We're Not Robots,' how would you yourself describe your sound? "The sound on 'We're Not Robots…' is refreshing for me. It's not like the commercial sound that’s done over and over. It has a little bit of everything that we all love in music...the angst, energy and melody, with great riffs and musicianship behind it."
Your album title 'We're Not Robots' is an interesting choice, but perhaps it originates from a more personal standpoint for you? "The music industry has become a cycle of commercials on radio portrayed as music that we have adapted to liking. We have all been had, believe it or not, by the big industry turning out the cookie cutter crap. We are all robots paying for their mansions and cars. When we came up with the title, we all just took a good look in the mirror."
If there was one track on 'We're Not Robots' that truly encapsulated Edgewater at their musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? "'Rock Is Dead' is one that we are all very proud of. It sums up where we were at in our professional lives while we were writing this record. We were in the middle of what are we as a band, what do we stand for, where is this band going, do we still have a record deal, what the fuck just happened over the course of the last three years, how did we end up here. We all had a very frustrating feeling in our guts and out came 'Rock Is Dead.' It’s very therapeutic to play live."
And while we're revealing things, where did the bands name originate and what else could it so easily have been? "When the band formed in ’97, we were tossing around names and one of the guys came up with something water. Not quite sure what it was. It was so long ago. Then I said Edgewater, which was a street in my parent’s sub-division. There's not much to it really. It just stuck. Pretty corny really, but I think the music somehow always makes the name. Look at what Korn's music did for their name."
Is it true that an executive at a previous record company once told you that rock was dead?! Was he high?!?! "Yeah! But to defend him, he gave us a lot and taught us a lot about the industry we were up against. We thank him and the label for that."
You've said that you will be what you want to be and that being a rock band you most definitely not circus monkeys ... BUT, if you were circus monkeys what would be your best act of the night to entertain the paying folks?! "Throwin’ our horns in the air and slinging guitars around on stage, of course!"
Taking the titles of a few of your album tracks, please take us thru what was going on in your mind as these songs were being recorded:
'Caught In The Moment' - "Well, I speak for all of the males out there that always have that little devil on their right shoulder saying "Go For It!" when a hot woman walks by."
'Apples & Oranges' - "I am always questioning whether I am doing something from my heart or because it is something someone wants me to do. Am I writing this song because it comes from my own thoughts or have I been brainwashed to think this? So this song is about thinking for myself and reaching down and taking a second to ask myself how I really feel about the subject at hand before I let an answer jump out of my mouth."
'S.O.B.' - "We always try to learn from our mistakes, but several times in our lives we meet that mistake more than once or twice. Whether it's an ex-girlfriend, an addiction, or something we know deep down we probably shouldn't be doing. "Son of a bitch I did it again" is the lyric. It’s pretty self-explanatory."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "Europe's “Final Countdown.” Very cheesy, but if you rocked it out?! Everybody would be like "Holy F**k! I love this song!"
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "Any animal in a tux has my vote!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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