Epoch Era is a post-hardcore band hailing from North Haven, Connecticut. Forming in May 2013, the band is comprised of members Drew Proto, Angelo Graziano, and Vinny Sacco. After the tragic loss of their drummer, John Liquori, back in 2014, the band took a short break to recover. They made their return to the music scene with the release of the Black Clouds Above EP back in October of last year. Now, they are back again with their newest release, Running Still. They recently released the music video for their brand new single, Valediction, which you can check out at the bottom of this article. These guys have been busy working away, but we had the chance to chat with them about their new music, their future plans, and their super dedicated fans. Read Ellen’s interview with them below!
You recently released your new EP Running Still. What was the writing/recording process like?
The writing process for this record was to our surprise, quite seamless. We had a short time-window to portray the emotions we experienced and wanted to make sure that the record resembled those emotions. Recording is so bitter-sweet, one day we feel on top of the world and the next day we aren’t happy with what we hear. We held ourselves to a super tight schedule with this record because we were really eager for everyone to hear a new side of us. So, to make that happen, we were in the studio every. Single. Day. We even utilized our weekends towards listening to each song and analyzing what we liked and didn’t like. Toward the end of the recording process we had been around each other for so long we didn’t even want to see each other’s faces. We were so tensed up from the amount of work we put in that we all took a week long retreat from seeing one another after the record was complete. We all needed time to get away and have some time to ourselves in seclusion. We are brothers though, and it’s what we do, we’re all really good about respecting one another’s emotions.
What are each of your favourite songs off the EP, perhaps one that means the most to you?
We would have to say that collectively, Valediction means the most to us. It was the first song that we wrote in completion and the first song that we loved since releasing Black Clouds Above. As we said, the inspiration for Valediction came really suddenly. We noticed that when writing the song, the emotion was so strong and so definite, that it was almost as if the song was gifted to us.
How have the reactions from the fans been for the new music?
We were totally overwhelmed and taken back with the reaction we received from Black Clouds Above and Running Still. Especially, Running Still. Running Still was the first time we had to readjust to a whole new writing process without John so we didn’t really know what to expect as far as a reaction. We are very pleased to see so much positive feedback for these two records. We’re also getting to read a lot of really sweet messages and kind words from our listeners. Watching an intimate following grow as a result of our creation is a beautiful thing and it’s really cool to see that people are connecting with what we put so much work into. That’s really all we could ask for in exchange for our music.
What was the inspiration behind your new music video for the song Valediction?
We chose to create a music video for Valediction because it was the first song that came together entirely and emotionally, it really set the stage for the mood and message of the record. We wanted to, for the first time, show more of a real side of us as a band instead of portraying characters in a story or any abstract ideas. We wanted to portray a much more literal experience of emotion given the meaning behind the song.
As your fans know, you suffered a hard loss within the band a while back. How has that experience affected you as a band?
We recognize the good and the bad that came along with the loss we shared. It took us about 2 years to get back on our feet again and start re-building Epoch Era. We definitely had our periods of darkness as we all processed the experience and we made sure not to rush anything into action. When John died we knew we still wanted to continue the band but we weren’t exactly sure how to. After we were forced to say goodbye, us 3 that remained spent a great deal of time with one another, each of us coping with it in our own individual way. So, being together through the whole process was very comforting and we ultimately established a new meaning and a new power to our brotherhood. There are still a lot of times today where we all need a to take a step back and process that he isn’t here. It sucks because there are a lot of things we do, band-related or not, that we wish John could experience with us. We miss him every day. We got to a point where we were finally ready to start putting our emotion back into music, and figuring out a way to continue with the band. But we are realizing more now, how strong the experience made us as a unit and how much John has been with us throughout the re-creation of Epoch Era.
What does this summer and the rest of 2016 have in store for you?
Shows. Shows. Shows and more shows. We are currently prepping for two tours this summer and a week-long tour in the fall before we return to the studio to begin recording our first full length record.
What’s been your favourite part of this journey so far?
Being able to play shows, transfer our emotion into a performance and looking back and seeing all of our creations in a physical form is probably one of the most rewarding things we have ever experienced as a band and is unmatched by any other feeling.
If you had it your way, what artist(s) would you love to tour with?
A Fire Inside.
You just started up your new fan club “The 444”. Can you tell us a bit about it and what’s included for the members?
Yes, The 444 is something we created for fans who want to make Epoch Era a lifetime experience. We want to give back to our truest followers and make sure that they have access to a number of perks in exchange for their loyalty. As Epoch Era grows, so will The 444. Meaning that the perks of being a member will become greater as we continue to create. It’s 100% free to become a member right now, and all we ask in exchange for that is an e-mail address to keep you posted on a bunch of cool stuff. Currently, we are providing members of The 444 with exclusive updates, news, pre-sales on merch and music, and access to special giveaways. So those who decide to become members now will be grandfathered into the perks of the club as Epoch Era grows. You can become a member of The 444 right now on the home page of our website at www.epocheraofficial.com!
Where would you like to see Epoch Era three years from now?
Having fun, making music, seeing the world, recording a second full-length album, performing as much as possible and sharing our music with as many people we can.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans who have stuck by you?
Thank you. Thank you for caring, for believing in us, for giving us a purpose and we promise that you won’t be disappointed with what’s to come.
Lastly, what are your top five artists/albums you’ve been listening to lately?
Wow, top five…we’re all constantly listening to such different music but collectively we’ve been listening to The Lack Long After by Piano’s Become the Teeth, I am King by Code Orange. Angelo has been embracing his Italian roots listening to a lot of Molto Peggio Crew. Other than that we’ve been listening to Abandoned by Defeater and Material by Blaqk Audio. Yeah we’re all over the place.
You can pick up Epoch Era’s new EP, Running Still, on iTunes here, and watch the video for Valediction below: