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Eyes Set to Kill with Alexia Rodriguez

1. Can you briefly summarize how the band formed and what you do in Eyes Set to Kill?

Shortly after I learned to play guitar, Anissa picked up bass. So we started the band together. It was hard to find the right people for the band because of the world full of some sexist musicians and the lack of commitment and true motivation. There are a lot of guys who didn’t even give us a chance to show them what we were made of as artists.(once they found out we were girls of course.) I can confidently say that right now, eyes set to kill is complete and I would never want to play with any other musicians besides Anissa, Brandon, Greg, and Caleb. We all have such great chemistry now.

2. Your lyrics are infused with heavy detail and raw emotion. What is it that normally gives you inspiration when writing lyrics and is there a concept behind the writing of The World Outside?

We draw inspirations from every day dramas, emotional situations, and anything that we feel really. We didn’t set out for the world outside to be a concept album. I just really wanted it to be an album of songs that any listener could relate to. I wrote about anything from my relationship with my father who I left when I was 2 to hopeless breakups full of cheating and lying. Writing about things that most artists are afraid to write about are my specialty. There are a lot of stories being told in this album and even if the person who listens doesn’t completely grasp every detail, I hope they can still interpret the song in their own way to help them cope with something they are caught in.

3. You just released The World Outside, how has the reactions been thus far? What can fans expect when they pick up a copy?

I haven’t heard any complaints so far! Anyone who has told me that they love it, favor the last song on the album titled, “Come Home”. It is a tear jerker for me even though its my own song haha. It scares me sometimes because while I was writing some of the songs, I didn’t even realize how much I had bottled up inside after these years. Writing the lyrics for the world outside was like accidently spilling all of my deepest secrets. That song is basically about touring and how it takes its toll and how the road can swallow you up and spit u out as a completely different person. I think any person in a band and traveling act can relate to that song without a doubt.

4. When it came to releasing The World Outside how did that whole package come together? What was the recording process like, how long did you have, was there any pressure on you?

We went into preproduction right after we got off a winter tour with such little material. It was definitely a hard task to take on, but I work my best under pressure. Writing is my therapy, my medicine, and my addiction haha. So I was thrilled to go into the studio to bust out some tracks. We only had 2 weeks or so to write and 2 more weeks to record. The pressure did get to me after awhile, but I busted out the track, “the world outside,” out of the frustration and fatigue that caught up to me.

5. How do you think you will affect the Post-Hardcore scene you are part of? What are your thoughts on the growing popularity in it as well?

I think one thing that post hardcore needs are more of an emotional connection than physical atmosphere. It is cool to see kids getting brutal and violent with each other as long as they are having fun. It would be even more rad if those kids could connect through the lyrics instead of just kicking the shit out of each other. But then again, a perfect world like that isn’t much fun to live in, is it? I am glad that kids are catching on to us and I hope they will stay dedicated.

6. You guys are from Arizona what is the local music scene like there? Any bands you’d recommend? How has Break Silence Records been thus far for you guys? Who approached who?

The Arizona music scene is awesome. There have been a ton of bands blow up in the local scene and became really big nationally because of it. A band called “the author” is pretty sweet. Check them out for sure. Break silence has been awesome for us. They have always believed in us and have always had our back.

7. Who did the artwork and title for the album, when you look on the final project, is there anything you wish you could have done differently?

We had Casey Quintal from our label do the album art. Alexia had some really awesome concept art that we didn’t end up using, but we are still super happy with it. I think if we would have done anything differently it wouldn’t have turned out quite the same. The process was pretty chaotic and stressful at times, but I think that makes us more proud of the album. It really sums up the last couple years of our lives and how we have changed and grown as musicians and people.

8. The name of the band Eyes Set to Kill, is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?

I can kill people with my eyes like a super hero bad people be aware

9. Many of your songs are so hard and intense that I am sure they translate well into a live setting taking on a whole new life in front of a live audience. How does it make you feel when the emotion and power that you envisioned in the recording studio, come to life while playing in front of a crowd?

It shows that we are doing something right, which is rad cause I usually doing everything wrong lol

10. Different groups have unique ways of writing their songs. How do you guys go about writing your music? Is it a collective effort or is it more the efforts of one particular member of the band?

it depends. Sometimes I start a song and finish it or I will write a small riff then bring it to the band. or vice versa. We never really decide who’s going to write this song or whose going to start that song. There’s been times where a started an acoustic song on the road, and came home rewriting it into one of the band’s songs because they liked it so much. I write a lot of acoustic material on tour so it is always cool to see how much we can change it and mold it into our own heavy song. We
just got Daisy rock acoustic guitars so I might be writing a little too much now haha

11. Did you find it harder to be taken seriously in the metal world because you have two female members or did your talents out play any issues you might have had?

It was hard and still is. We are playing in a male dominated genre so we are definitely raising eyebrows and probably even making some guys angry. But who cares. I can do it better than a lot of guys can so I am not intimidated at all by those who don’t agree with our music. we have this quote from Jurassic park that we play during our set that is kind of a joke but still think it represents us. Jeff goldblum goes,” god creates dinosaurs, dinosaurs go extinct, god creates man, man creates dinosaurs,” then the lady says ” dinosaurs eat man…. then women inherit the earth!” we are no feminists but have been through a lot of bull like sexism so we like to flaunt the fact that we are girls doing a boys job.

12. What are the upcoming plans for Eyes Set to Kill?

tour tour tour write and write then tour some more! The road is our home so we like to be on it all the time. Our next tour is with drop dead gorgeous.

13. Going back to the music business, what do you think of everyone downloading music, possibly even your music? Do you think it helps or hurts bands in the long run?

It hurts bands but who cares. People are stealing music. Not killing babies. Bands need to get over it artists need to get over it. Music helps kids cope with problems, inspires them, and makes the world go round. So anyone who has a problem with it is either in this business for the wrong reason( money) or has a controlling problem.

14. How has MYSPACE and the internet impacted your band and do you think downloading helps or hinders the artists?

Tremendously; downloading helps and hurts i guess. People who can’t afford CDs can still get it. But we don’t make as much money. Would I rather have a couple cents from a person so they can hear our music, or restrict them from hearing us at all? I would rather some kid download our album, then make copies to give to all of their friends and family to enjoy. I don’t care about the cash. Money isn’t going to listen to our album. People are.

15. What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?

On stage I have learned that you can’t worry about what people think about you. There have been times where we were heckled to the point that I almost cried but I have risen from that. I have had people who started to heckle at the beginning of our set, come up to me after and tell me that they were impressed and actually apologize for not giving us a chance in the first place. In the studio I have learned that there is a place that I have to go to in order to perform my best. When I am writing I light a candle, as lame as it sounds, and it actually sets the mood and the real alexia can write about what she is afraid to.

16. What bands would you like to tour with and who has been your favorite to tour with this far? Any particular reason?

The tour that we are on right now is my favorite so far. We are out with sky eats airplane, in fear and faith, and the word alive. We are good friends with infaf and the word alive (who is from az) so we are having a blast partying and jamming! If I could tour with anyone I would want it to be muse or thrice because their live shows are phenomenal!

17. What is currently playing on your iPod or CD Player?

i am listening to deathcab right now cuz it relaxes me during interviews haha. I have lots of tunes from page france to damien rice. From christina aguilera to feist. The bled, as cities burn. I love everything besides most country. Country’s good, just not a fan.

18. Describe Eyes Set to Kill in three words…

REAL WEIRD and heavy

19. If you had a chance to go back in time, where, what, and why?

I would go back in time to Seattle and convince Kurt Cobain to not kill himself. He’s my idol and his journals are like a bible to me. I relate to a lot of the thoughts, philosophies, and ideas that he jotted down and I can’t find too many people in this scene who can.

20. How do you think the recession is affecting musicians like yourself? Is it at all?

Gas prices were sucking the life out of us for while but it has gotten better. Kids can’t come out to the shows if their parents aren’t making enough money. So it affects us in a way in which audiences are slowly getting smaller. It doesn’t matter what band you are in. the answer to this question is most definitely yes. It sucks, but we are going to keep Rollin no matter what.

21. What’s your reaction when/if a fan told you a very meaningful statement such as “Your music changed my life?” Has this ever happened to you?

I am socially retarded so when it comes to talking to fans, I kind of freak out. But when someone comes up to me and says that I changed their life with my lyrics or Brandon’s lyrics, it inspires me and makes me smile, which I don’t do often haha. I was that kid who never talked to anyone about my problems and just put on my headphones to feel better. Listening to music made me feel like i am not alone. If I can do that for other people, then I am fulfilling my dream.

22. Every band has its musical influences. What are some of the other bands and artists that have greatly influenced you guys and your music?

Thrice and blink 182 are our greatest influences for sureeeeeee. Thrice is just full of my favorite musicians. Teppei is my hero. And blink 182 is the band that made being in a band look like the best thing in the world. Almost every new band now a days is influenced by blink 182.

23. All of that passion that you play with must be tough on you physically. How do you prepare for the physical demands of a tour?

its really hard to tour as a dramatic emotional nut case but whatever. I change the way I am and how frustrating it can get. The only thing that makes me happy is playing music for people and writing. IT helps me and hurts me cuz i am my own worst enemy. But we are helping kids through our music and I would rather help them through my pain instead of leaving them in the dark.

24. Anything else you’d like to add?

Buy the world outside and come see us on tour because i said so.

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