Interview: The Earth Laid Bare

Hailing from Kentucky, progressive metal band The Earth Laid Bare are set to unleash their beastly debut album “Flow” on November 2nd.  While not straying from the progressive genre, the band incorporates elements of metalcore and djent into their music resulting in technical yet catchy tunes that will surely make you bob your head along with the music. I recently had the chance to chat with the band about a bunch of topics such as lyrical themes on the album, what they feel separates them from their contemporaries, who their biggest influences are and many other topics. The album itself is a very strong debut with solid song writing, catchy instrumentation, killer vocals, and even some surprises thrown in along the way such as the unexpected cleans on some songs. Fans of the genre will absolutely enjoy “Flow” and is bound to end up on some year-end lists. Ultimately the guys in TELB present the listener with some fantastic tunes on a very well rounded and well written debut, bravo guys. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook and preorder “Flow” from one of the links here!

Where did the name of the band originate from? Is there meaning behind it at all?

The band name originates from a verse in the bible about the end of days. Our interpretation is when the world comes to an end, humanity will see the world for what it truly is.

What have you all been up to since the release of your last EP?

We’ve primarily focused on developing our craft with songwriting and live performance. One of our goals has always been to be a great live band. We finished tracking the album in October of 2016 and have spent some time learning the business side of things while seeking some management/a label. We’ve played some larger shows such as Mayhem Fest in 2014, Summer Slaughter in ’15 and ’16 and have stayed generally active playing shows locally and within  region.

What made you all decide on sticking with the progressive metal/metalcore genre? Did you ever experiment with other genres before deciding on the aforementioned?

The style of music we play just feels like the natural place for us at this time. We all enjoy heavy music and MANY other styles so the progressive element keeps things open and allows us to dive into whatever direction we’re inspired to go in at the time without feeling confined.

There are a lot of bands playing similar music, what do you feel separates you from your contemporaries?

Our biggest strength we feel is the contrast and diversity within our music. We feel all of our songs stand on their own and take their own course. We’re not afraid to dive into a creative idea whether it’s within the “boundaries” of our style or not. We’re fortunate enough to have people connect to our music on a deep level primarily during a live performance and that’s very rewarding.

What are some of the lyrical themes or meanings behind some of the songs?

A lot of the songs are about internal struggle and worldly struggles. Empowerment is a big theme in our message as well. For instance, Palintir is about the government stepping on our rights. Then you have Eternally Present that has a theme of solace and dealing with the loss of a loved one.

What’s the story with the album artwork? It definitely fits the band name!

The general theme is a throwback to our EP Circadian Rhythms artwork. A similar form but represents the next phase for us and in our songwriting.

About how long would you say you spent on writing the album?

It took us about 9-10 months to write and record the whole record.

Who would you say your biggest influences are?

Our musical tastes as individuals it’s extremely vast haha but some of our biggest Influences are bands like Underoath, Silent Planet, Veil of Maya, YES, Deftones, Pink Floyd the list goes on and on really.

What albums were you listening to while writing/recording the album?

We’d say probably The Joy of Motion by Animals As Leaders a lot, Lost in The Sound of Separation by Underoath, Matriarch by Veil of Maya, Fragile by YES and All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects!

Any major albums you’re looking forward to that come out this year?

We’re excited for new Silent Planet, Architects, Polyphia, Hail the Sun,Thrice, Born of Osiris, and Between the Buried and Me. Some of which are already out and are great!

Who did you work with as a producer? What kind of experience did you have?

We worked with Kevin Lankford who also produced our EP we released in 2014. He’s great at his craft and a creative guy so we had fun bouncing ideas of each other to make the best outcome for the album.

Any big plans for tours to support the release?

No lengthy tours are planned right now but we will be playing regionally out of town to build some road experience and extend our fan base. We are working with management/booking to be on larger scale touring next year!

If you had the opportunity to tour with 3 bands, past or present, who would you tour with?

Silent Planet, Underoath, Architects in case you can’t tell we’re MAYBE fans of those bands and look up to them lol.

Is there anything you’d like to say your current or future fan base?

Anyone who has been here since the beginning thank you so much for your support, sticking with us and being patient. To future fans we hope you can connect to what we’re doing and what we stand for and take something real and of value away from our music!