Earlier this month, we proudly announced the newest artist addition to the 8123 family - Eagles In Drag.
Thanks so much to all of the fans who have been following along with our online clues about the project - many of you pieced together the Instagram puzzle which revealed the band’s line up, consisting of the following members:
John O'Callaghan - Vocals/Guitar
Trey Nickelsen - Guitar
Jared Monaco - Guitar
Eric Halvorsen - Bass
Ryan Gose - Drums
The project’s frontman John O’Callaghan, who initiated the group back in 2012, took some time to answer a few frequently asked questions leading up to the release. You can read his responses to learn more about Eagles In Drag below.
Q&A With John O’Callaghan
Many people have been asking “What is Eagles In Drag”? How would you answer that question?
Eagles In Drag is a group of mates unified by tunes attempting to step outside of their respective musical projects in order to broaden their creative horizons and channel their inner weirdness.
What inspired you to form EID and why did you pick these members?
My thirst for songwriting and passion for creating music sparked the idea. Once I had a clearer vision of how I wanted to go about presenting this project I thought of friends I’d never really jammed with that I respect as musicians and creative minds.
How was the recording and writing chemistry between all members of EID? How was this experience different than writing with The Maine?
I prefaced the whole endeavor by expressing my main intention…writing music and having fun while doing it. Playing music with unique people teaches you a lot about your skill set and the talents you possess. The guys and I sat in a room, wrote tunes, then took those straight to the studio without over thinking a thing and set no boundaries while doing so. The Maine is my true baby, this was just a few dates with a chick you know you’re never going to call again.
What is the goal with this release?
The goal has already been accomplished, write music with people I hadn’t yet played with and experiment with a darker side of my brain.
How would you describe the sound of EID?
A heavy animal being transported from zoo to zoo on the back of a flatbed towed by a nasty old truck.
Thanks for supporting the 8123 Family - we’re excited for you all to hear the new EP in full tomorrow!
The past eight years of our lives have been the craziest, most incredible ride. When this band started, most of us were still finishing up high school. We can still remember playing our very first local show, having no idea what we were doing. We just knew we wanted to perform music and hoped that it would somehow have a positive effect on people. Never in our wildest dreams did we think that we’d be fortunate enough to travel the world and perform for so many. As we toured, something much bigger than us started to take shape–something we ended up calling the TC Family; people all around the world that genuinely cared about us and what we were doing. We made some pretty amazing friends too. Over the years we became a part of and formed incredible relationships with everyone in the 8123 family. Having everyone’s support has brought the best out of us and made this whole thing much more special and exciting.
We have decided as a band that after eight amazing and fulfilling years, we will be closing this chapter of our lives and stepping out into the next. This band has allowed us to grow and learn more about each other than we ever thought we would, and we all feel like we’re better people because of that and because of you guys. We love each other like brothers, we always have and we always will, so we’re happy to say this isn’t a result of anything negative. This Century has been an amazing experience, but we unanimously agreed while we were making this new album that it was time to move on to pursue each of our passions and musical projects. We wanted to see this album through, however, and make it a great final record for ourselves, but more importantly, for the people who have supported us for so long. We’d like to think of this album as a celebration of the music we’ve been able to create with each other against all the odds and circumstances we’ve faced. None of this would even be possible if it wasn’t for the constant dedication and support from our fans, friends and family. We can’t thank all of you enough for making This Century such a lovely journey…we love and appreciate you more than you could ever know.
We will be releasing our new album Soul Sucker on June 2nd and following that up with some final shows throughout 2015. We’re going to be trying our hardest to get more shows booked both in the US and internationally so we can come and say thank you in person to as many of you as possible. We will also be playing these last shows as our original lineup, so we’re happy to tell you that Alex will be coming along with us! Despite This Century coming to a close, each of one of us is continuing to do music in some way shape or form. Joel is already working on music for a solo career and plans to tour and see all of you in the future. Sean will continue to do work on music production/songwriting and also plans to do touring as well. Ryan will be releasing music from time to time with his music project Stop Dead.
Again, we want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts for what has been an amazing eight years, your love and support has never gone unrecognized. Each of us looks forward to continuing to make music for you! We will try to be as available as possible on our personal social accounts if any of you have a question or just want to tell us something :)