"Close Your Eyes' faith comes out in the band's music." – Interview

By Jason Tanamor

I’ve always wondered how bands pick their names. A lot seem to reference another band’s song or even lyric that they grew up admiring. Girl in a Coma named themselves after The Smith’s “Girlfriend in a Coma.” When I came across Close Your Eyes I thought of a few scenarios. The ending lyric to Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford’s “Close My Eyes Forever” where Ozzy slowly fades out singing “Close your eyes, close your eyes…” and the first line to the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” says, “Close your eyes…”

Brett Callaway, guitarist for Close Your Eyes recently explained the origin of the name, the band’s music, and the new album.

Q – Why did you decide to name your band Close Your Eyes?

A - It really comes from two different things. The first is the idea of the accepted norms of society and pop culture and how some of those things are fake and empty and vain. And how we need to close our eyes to that to see your true reality. The other is the idea of the spiritual world and how it can be more real to use what we see, so we close our eyes to what we physically see, to see what is more important.

Q – In the beginning of Close Your Eyes’ career, there were a lot of band member changes. How did you know that the current line-up was the right line-up?

A – Well, we have had three other members. Shane and I have been here from the beginning. This current line-up we have now has been steady for a while. Sonny has been with us for about four years, Andrew for 3 1/2 and David for 2 1/2. I don't know if I have ever thought about the current line-up being the right line-up; it was just how it was, and everything felt right.

(Photo by Matt Wysocki)

Q – With the current line-up, what does each member bring to the band and its music?

A - Andrew and I write most of the music and Shane writes probably 90% of the lyrics. I only write something if I have an exact idea for the vocals when I am writing the lyrics. And as far as sonny and David they just kinda write their parts to the music. We all have different music backgrounds. And I think that speaks to the diversity in our music.

Q – The band is a Christian band. Is it difficult promoting a faith based band that also happens to be a hardcore metal band?

A - Not really at all. Our faith is a huge part of our lives and we write what is real to us so obviously it is going to come out in our music. Ha ha, and I am not so sure how metal we are. :)

Q – When I first heard your music, I thought Close Your Eyes had a hint of A Day to Remember. I have always liked singing with a little screaming. Your music reflects that. How do you decide that a lyric will be screaming or singing?

A - It is really just what feels right in a section.

Q – What’s the writing process like? Do you start with lyrics, music, or both?

A - We usually start with music and the lyrics are written after that.

Q – The new album is called “We Will Overcome.” Tell me a little bit about the album and what fans can expect.

A - The album is all about struggles and how we get through them and overcome them. It is a hardcore punk album with some other stuff thrown in. It is really just what we are passionate about and we try to put as much energy and passion into it as possible. Ha ha, and that is exactly what you can expect.

Q – What are your favorite songs on the album to play live?

A - My favorite song to play live is probably “17:20.” And I like “Wake Up!” and “Digging Graves” as well. “Song for the Broken” is always fun also.

Visit Close Your Eyes at: www.myspace.com/closeyoureyesmusic


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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