On Sunday, September 30, 2012, Eye Empire lit up Martini Ranch with an amazing performance, and while the band is no stranger to the road, their “Impact” on the Scottsdale stage was part the band’s first of what we all hope will be many headlining tours.
Grateful for the grassroots fans this independent powerhouse has gained, frontman Donald Carpenter and bassist Corey Lowery showed nothing but love as they interacted with the small but enthusiastic crowd that threatened to share the stage with them. Fist bumps and devil horns came from both directions while BC Kochmit on guitar brought down the house with his impeccable licks and shreds, the likes of which rival the masters from the good old days when we used to listen to the songs for their mid-tune guitar solos. Of course, the one band member who did not engage in the fan interaction was drummer, Ryan Bennett, holding down the fort with his clean, driving beats. He was, however, caught signing sticks and laughing with fans after the show.
AC/DC said, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll.” Ringo Star said, “You gotta pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues cuz you know it don’t come easy”, and no one knows that more than the emerging stars of Eye Empire. Across the country, Carpenter preaches the message loud and clear: It’s about the music – the soul, the passion, the spirit, the energy, and the release. Eye Empire has the balance, the passion, the perseverance, and the drive to make it where others fail. The crowds may not be selling out yet, but Eye Empire knows that good music doesn’t happen over night. As Carpenter said, “The empty rooms and small crowds…this is the beginning. This is where it all starts.” Truer words were never spoken, and someday when they make it to the top, we’re going to say, “Remember when…” just like we do with all the other greats who’ve come before them.
Eye Empire’s debut album “IMPACT” is in stores now, also available on iTunes, and at the band’s website http://www.EyeEmpire.com. Follow @EyeEmpire on Twitter to receive future tour updates. Check out their new “IMPACT” single “I Pray” below:
All photos copyright (c) 2012 J.A.M. Vaughan