Fifteen years ago young frontman Taki Sassaris passed on an opportunity to be the face and voice for songwriting legend Desmond Child. He and his brother, drummer Alex, opted to pursue their own vision and create their own music. The brothers moved to New York where they connected with guitar virtuoso Gaurav Bali. The trio became the core of Eve to Adam which still remains.
This week Metalholic caught up with Taki to talk about the band’s forthcoming May 21 release of “Locked and Loaded“. This will be Eve to Adam’s fifth studio album, but undeniably its most cohesive and impressive.
Eve to Adam released its debut album, “Auburn Slip” in 2001 followed by “Antidote” in 2003 and “Queen to Eden” in 2007. Each album brought the band closer to defining its signature, and with 2011’s “Banquet For a Starving Dog” they completed the foundation.
This month the band unveiled “Straightjacket Supermodel”, the first single from the new album. The song gives a first sonic taste of the Eve to Adam’s next chapter. The band shares the song “was inspired by the TV show Dexter. We wrote a song that we envisioned would play in Dexter’s head as he prepares to kill. The song is still ETA, but with a more modern edge. It’s Eve to Adam 2.0.”
For “Locked and Loaded” the guys worked with some exceptional producers and songwriters: Shinedown bassist Eric Bass, Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Ratt, Trivium, Chevelle) and Dave Bassett (Saliva, Halestorm, Sevendust). Or as the band called them, “The Killer B’s.” Taki talked about working with some outside writers:
“We pushed our boundaries as far as we thought we could. For this album, it was our decision to write with people we wanted to work with. We wanted input and we wanted some new inspiration, and we wanted the chance to collaborate because we felt that would bring some new enthusiasm and some new moments. That’s what we wanted to capture in the studio. Working with [these guys] was a great experience for us to take everything that we’ve learned in our career and everything we’ve experienced, and take it to the table with some people that were gonna still allow us to be us. We weren’t gonna compromise that as far as our signature. It still had to be us. It had to be something I could stand behind night after night. We were still generating the concepts, but it was really great to have somebody to play the ideas off of and have that input and keep the creative spirit flowing.”
You can listen to the full interview below as Taki talks about the new record, his influences, the band’s new touring members, waving the rock and roll flag, and the state of the music industry.