EYE AM, the new band featuring former TYPE O NEGATIVE members Kenny Hickey (guitar/vocals) and Johnny Kelly (drums), along with Kirk Windstein (guitar, vocals; CROWBAR, DOWN, KINGDOM OF SORROW) and Todd Strange (CROWBAR, DOWN), has released their highly anticipated new single, “Dreams Always Die With The Sun”. The music video, a perfect complement to the song, was shot and directed by Mike Holderbeast at the Joy Theatre in the heart of New Orleans.
Mike was eager to hop on the opportunity and shared, “I’ve known Kirk and Todd for many years and have worked with them on projects for Crowbar and Down. I’ve been a huge Type-O Negative fan for years, so it was killer to work with Kenny and Johnny for the first time. We shot at the Joy Theatre in the heart of New Orleans. A lot of bands have played there because it’s got cool vibes. The shoot went super smoothly, and it was a great experience, definitely one of the most fun videos I’ve shot. And for being a new project, the sound was incredibly organic and natural. You’d have thought these guys have been together for years!”
“Dreams Always Die With The Sun” is an original, organic song steeped in the hard rock heavy metal genre fueled by vocal, guitar-driven rock melody and harmonies. The song takes influence from the Beatles to Black Sabbath. Kenny Hickey had a melody in his head to start with and when the band came together it was easy to write lyrics to the song.
Kenny Hickey says the meaning behind the song, “The lyrics question the existence of an afterlife. Delusion is always shattered by reality.”
“Dreams Always Die With The Sun” was written by Hickey and Windstein and was recorded in February by bassist Roger Lima of LESS THAN JAKE at his studio called The Moathouse in Gainesville, Florida. The track was mixed and mastered by Jay Ruston.
Windstein previously stated about the track: “For me, I just love jamming and writing songs with talented people. Of course, I’ve jammed with Todd Strange since the ’80s, so I knew that would be great, but having the opportunity to get together with Kenny and Johnny was exciting. I was a little nervous at first, but once we started putting the song together, I had a great feeling we were on to something special. I love the song, and can’t wait to write some more with these guys.”
Hickey added: “Well, we didn’t really know what would happen when we got together. I had a few riffs and half-finished ideas, and I recorded them and sent them to Kirk and he wrote some ideas off of that. I think because we’re all around the same age, it echoes the music we grew up with, which was mostly ’70s hard rock and metal. It has a classic rock quality to it. I hear some Hendrix in there as well. It’s really satisfying when you throw musicians and riffs into a pot and then listen back to hear what comes out of it. It’s somehow less contrived sounding, I think. It could have also hit the wall and ended up a disaster, which adds an element of risk to it as well. But I think we came out with something really cool.”
Kelly said: “I loved getting together with some old friends! It was a lot of fun flying by the seat of my pants! I’m really happy with the way the song turned out. Kenny, Kirk and Todd really came through on this song. I hope everyone that hears it, likes it half as much as I do!”