Interview with THE EARTH AND I

Four djentlemen and a djent gal make The Earth and I, a progressive metal / djent band from New York who earlier this month released their debut full length record titled “The Candleman.”

We asked them questions about the album, their influences, favorite albums, and more. Read below.

Hey folks. How are you doing?

Pretty good, thanks for asking. We’ve all just gotten back from work, run a collective bath, and are about to dive deep into some juicy questions paired with a delightful Franzia boxed wine. 3/10 stars, would drink again.

You have just released your debut album “The Candleman.” How do you feel about the release?

We’re really happy to have such a positive response to “The Candleman,” especially since we’ve been working on this for the past four years. It’s something that we’ve put a lot of care into and we hope it comes across that way when people have a listen.

How much of a challenge was it to work on the album?

This LP proved to be a huge learning curve in almost every aspect that went into it. In the end, it really helped us to grow as musicians, as a band, and as a nonprofit environmental organization. Ya know, saving the whales and junk.

The Candleman

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from New York are you friends with?

We’ve built great friendships with bands such as dhärä, Valence, Fall of the Albatross, The Mantle, Adesta, The Bee Gees, Chumbawamba. Really just all the greats, you can never keep them down.

Even though Deeply Woven and One Hundred Thousand aren’t technically from NY, they’re also great friends and excellent musicians we couldn’t leave out.

What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?

Based on our experience we’d say it’s a pretty tight knit community. Most people we play with are extremely inviting, very modest regardless of their talent, welcoming, and supportive. We’re very hopeful for this scene.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

We never would have been able to write this album without Periphery, Tesseract, David Maxim Micic, Circa Survive, The Dear Hunter, and Monuments to name a few… but we also feel the need to acknowledge actual monuments because there’s this Instagram account “Monument Magazine” that likes all our posts. Shout out to you guys, next beer’s on us!

What are you listening to these days?

There were some great albums to come out this year: False Idol by Veil of Maya, Clairvoyance by The Contortionist are just some recent ones. For most of us though, jazz has played a big part in our daily listening. Bohren & Der Club of Gore’s “Sunset Mission” is a great example. We try to listen to a lot of different styles but our collective tinnitus is making it really difficult to differentiate music from the incessant buzzing of bees, which coincidentally sounds a lot like tinnitus.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

Wow, not an easy question. We all have very similar taste in music for the most part, but if we each put in one of our favorite albums, the list would look something like:

“Mockroot”, by Tigran Hamasyan
“Periphery II”, by Periphery
“Rumours”, by Fleetwood Mac
“Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional”, by The Dear Hunter
“Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness”, by Coheed and Cambria

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “The Candleman”?

All of the guitars were recorded DI through Line 6 Pod HD500X’s by ourselves and the drums/vocals were recorded through well-maintained Coleman Grills at the wonderful Architekt Music in Butler, NJ. Some of the instruments we used were Dingwall, Jackson, Agile, Music Man, and various grilling baskets.

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

We had a lot of time to prepare for the release of our first LP, so we made sure to keep busy creating various content that we’re excited to share over the next couple months leading up to our second LP, The Curtain, which is a sister album to The Candleman. That and we’re going to be playing an ungodly amount of weddings that we haven’t been invited to.

Any words for the potential new fans?

There’s still time. You don’t have to do this. You could walk away right now with 5 bucks in your pocket. Or, ya know, hang out and stuff. We’ve got cold beer in the fridge, depending on when you’re reading this and the last time we got beer.

Can we have a ride home?

“The Candleman” is out now; order it from Bandcamp. Follow The Earth and I on Facebook and Instagram, and visit their official website for more information.