If you've been waiting to wake up from your Top 40 coma induced by mediocre singles and listless live performances, look no further. Eve to Adam, a New York-based rock quartet full of raw and spirited sound is primed to get your fists pumping. Again.
"I'm glad to see people still get rock and roll, because I was worried," said Taki Sassaris, Eve to Adam's lead singer. "They just needed somebody to come along and wake them up and that's what we're doing. There's a primalness to what we do, it's very stripped down and there's a sexiness and a combativeness, and people react to that."
Since the June release of their album "Queens to Eden" with indie label KDS, they've already outranked some major label bands like Incubus and My Chemical Romance on radio play with their evocative single "151".
"I have a great sense of pride in that because it's kind of a big middle finger to everybody," Sassaris said of their recent placement on various national active rock charts.
"We set out to make an album like the bands we grew up with in the late '80s and early '90s," Sassaris continued. "Not like the bands today that can fake it. There wasn't a question back then, you knew they were rock stars. Today, you don't know if they're an accountant or a lead singer, it's weird. Our passion is for live rock and roll and we want to bring that back to the standard it belongs."
Their drive for a rock and roll restoration is hard to ignore on and off the stage.
"We can play with nothing. Certain bands need a light show, but we make it happen with energy and adrenaline," Sassaris said. "That's our bare bones approach people are applauding, because they're tired of feeling cheated."
Sassaris, Eve to Adam's chief song writer speaks from experience, launching the band in 1997 with his younger brother and drummer Alex after attending the University of Miami's School of Music. After walking away from a less than appealing record deal that included plans of molding them into pop-rock poster boys singing someone else's songs, they decided to move on with their own style of music.
"I met producer Desmond Child while I was in college and we got our first development deal with his production company...but you know we started out at the top and worked our way to the bottom, as they say," Sassaris said with a chuckle, referring to the frustrations endured at the beginning of their career.
After parting ways with Child, the Sassaris brothers met guitarist Gaurav Bali and Eve to Adam became official in 1999, recording two albums under label Mikendra. Continual setbacks, however, ensured anything but a smooth road, and like every rock band they paid their dues. But now with independent Florida-based label KDS and bassist Riv, this foursome has found their niche and is busy melting faces every night of the week.
So far they've toured 48 out of the 50 states, and they're not about to slow down. For them, performing live is more than just part of their job, it is their job.
"We're a rock and roll band, and rock and roll bands are built to tour," Sassaris said. "Quite frankly, in today's atmosphere if you can't entertain thousands of people, you're not going to make a living anymore. My record label wants to make a video and I'm like, 'Why? Why should we spend $30-40,000 on something that's gonna end up in the broom closet at MTV?' "
Entertaining thousands with their fiery energy is Eve to Adam's magnum opus. Their live show has people talking, and that's the best form of marketing on the planet. Who cares if they're not on MTV?
"We've had so many jump on the rollercoaster with us," Sassaris said. "We call them multiple offenders — there's a nation of 'em and it's building very quickly."