EPK – Exes For Eyes – The End Of Summer (feat. Björn Strid of Soilwork) (single) (2021)
Publicist – Jon Asher – jon[@]ashermediarelations[.]com
Album / Single Title: The End Of Summer (feat. Björn Strid)
Release Date: Oct 15, 2021
Label: TrackPants Productions
For fans of Slipknot, Soilwork, Lamb of God
“The End Of Summer is the first of 4 singles that will make up the perceived idea of a 4th release. With Covid-19 running wild and having released our most ambitious offer to date with “Of Strength And Sorrow”, we were forced to shelve plans of a return to the road after a 3 year hiatus. With life, death, and everything in between determining the pace in which we advanced, we’ve decided to take a slower and more focused approach to creating new music. Of Strength and Sorrow wasn’t given a proper presentation, so we will be relaunching the band by presenting even newer music in smaller doses, the first offering being “The End Of Summer”.” – Dave Sheldon – Exes For Eyes
“The End Of Summer is basically a metaphor for the amazing quality of life we have all taken for granted. The song is about people becoming soft. We don’t know what true adversity is..none of us. We are the genetic products of strong people who survived and we’ve let all of that go. I really do believe we are seeing the end of that era.” – James Arsenian – Exes For Eyes
“EXES FOR EYES have shown that they have matured sonically, completing an album that is darker without abandoning the soundscapes their fans have grown to love with their massive groove.” – The Rockpit
“pulverizing grooves…” – Calum Slingerland / Exclaim
“…specifically to please the musicians and not to follow any trends or fit into any category. If you check out other reviews, you’ll see that no one can seem to agree on what type of music Exes For Eyes is and that’s a great thing.” – Jason Wellwood/Earshot
The End Of Summer (feat. Björn Strid) (5:20)
Single Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Exes For Eyes
• All songs written by: D. Sheldon, J. Arsenian
• Produced by: Dave Sheldon
• Mixed by: Dave Sheldon
• Mastered by: Dave Sheldon
• Album Artwork by: Exes For Eyes
Album Band Line Up:
Vocals – James Arsenian
Guitars – Dave Sheldon
Drums – Aaron Spink
Bass – Graham Porter
*Guest Vocals – Björn Strid (Soilwork/The Night Flight Orchestra)
STORY ANGLES / FUN FACTS ABOUT THE BAND
1. All band members can drive…however, On tour, Dave is the only one allowed to drive.
James was the last one to get his driver’s license (age 35?), but Dave has a fear of not being in control of the wheel at any given time. Aside from a brief 45min stint on the 2014 west coast CDN tour where Graham drove, Dave has driven to and from every show since 2011.
2. At one time we DID have 2 guitarists, but there was never a Randy Doyle.
As noted in The Ampler Grid’s liner notes, Randy Doyle was named 2nd Guitarist.
The name was actually derived from the rig used to play backing tracks for additional guitar work live.
Randy (Randall RH200 amplifier) Doyle (Doyle Audio Engineering 4×12 speaker enclosure)
3. James enforcefully escorted a promoter to an ATM to withdraw our guarantee after a poorly promoted out-of-town show. In 2008 (prior to creating EXES) James and Dave were tour mates in other bands. We played an out-of-town show in Liverpool, Nova Scotia that was of poor promoting/attendance. After the show, the promoter tried to run, but was intercepted by James and EXES Alum Evan Rose (not Randy Doyle). They walked the promoter to the bank on the other side of town to withdraw a partial amount of the funds promised for the performance.
EXES FOR EYES is a project born of an overwhelming amount of mutual respect and admiration between two men. A respect for one another’s work ethic, musical proficiency, stylistic taste and of course, for each other as people. The concept of blindness, be it willing, involuntary, inherent or otherwise is so foreign and far removed from anything within the realm of experience for these men.
However as the process has begun to create this music, it has become apparent how limited one’s own vision can be when staring at the broad side of limitless potential and ambition. With the musical vision of Dave Sheldon (ex-Annihilator, Man With Target) and the lyrical conception of vocalist and frontman Big James (Endast, Authors) the project is very quickly taking shape into something more than either anticipated. The hope is to see the world of metal in a new light, with EXES FOR EYES.
2021 – The End Of Summer (single)
2019 – Of Strength And Sorrow – LP
2014 – Tongues Like Figure Eights – LP
2011 – The Ampler Grid – LP
Shared stage with:
Silverstein, Slipknot, Faith No More, Korn, Alexisonfire, Lamb of God ,Iggy Pop, NOFX, Billy Talent, Mastodon, Bullet For My Valentine, Meshuggah, Within Temptation, Gojira, Testament, Arch Enemy, Lagwagon, Lita Ford, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K., Warrant, Dokken, Neurosis, Rocket From the Crypt, Asking Alexandria, Periphery, Deafheaven, Coal Chamber, Nuclear Assault, Dying Fetus, Glassjaw, Ihsahn, Pentagram, Gorguts, B.A.R.F., Motionless in White, Moneen, Lofofora, Small Brown Bike, Pig Destroyer, Anonymus, The Flatliners, The Agonist, Fozzy, Nothing More, Jasta, Battlecross, Insomnium, Slaves on Dope, Omnium Gatherum, Wilson, Dead Tired, Toyguitar, Dig It Up
Tour and Festivals:
2016 – East Coast Awakening (Keswick, NB)
2015 – November To Remember (Central and Eastern Canada)
2015 – Heavy Montreal (Montreal)
2015 – TOURS Like Figure Eights (Central and Western Canada)
2014 – Flight Of The NavigaTOUR (Central and Western Canada)
Sully Guitars, Omega Amps, ToneSpeak speakers, Airis Effects, Yamaha Drums, Headhunter drum sticks, Murat Diril cymbals