Eye Am hits the studio to record its debut album

Author Hernan Osuna - 6.7.2023

Eye Am, the new supergroup 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 entered OCD Recording And Production in New Orleans to start recording its debut album.

As Kirk Windstein describes, the group was “thrown to the lions, so to speak” in their writing process of the album. While band members have always been on each other’s radars, this is the first time they have all gathered to create something together. Drummer Johnny Kelly explains how this experience has allowed them to get “to know each other even though we’ve known each other for a long time—We’re getting to know each other as players.”

Brought together by mutual friend and record label owner Andrew Spaulding of Corpse Paint Records, the band use their own respective experiences in the industry to create a hit power rock ballad “Dreams Always Die With The Sun” which was released on June 2nd and has gained over 62,000 streams in only a month. With influences like Black Sabbath and The Beatles, the album promises to deliver guitar-driven rock with a melodic ballad at its core, bringing audiences back for more.

As described by lead vocalist Kenny Hickey, one of the best parts about Eye Am is “pulling things out of the void,” During their studio session, they recognized that there’s a certain power that comes from spontaneity, and the band focused on this element as one of the strongest attributes of their unique sound. This shows in “Dreams Always Die With The Sun,” as the song sounds incredibly composed while still leaving room for interpretation from its players.

Guitarist and vocalist Kirk states: “That’s what I love about writing. Not quickly or hurrying on the spot—because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Because when you woke up, this thing didn’t exist. And then, at the end of the day, you have a recording of it. It’s like it’s there forever.”

We all have our writing styles, and the band is really finding our own kind of sound that works for us with this recording session,” he continues. “It’s original, and it’s cool. Of course, it’s difficult not to show your style and your influences, but this doesn’t sound like our other bands; it sounds like us four dudes. This time we’re learning to feed off each other and bounce ideas off one another, and that’s when you truly collaborate.”

And each member brings something unique to the team. As Kirk puts it, “Everything Kenny writes is pretty. His melodic stylings add their own layer to the music.”

As drummer Johnny describes, with bands in the past, he often noticed a lot of overthinking, and with Eye Am, he has seen an incredible amount of spontaneity replacing this. He appreciates all the input he gets from his band members. “They’re not short on ideas. So we’ll be working on something, and then somebody will come across something else in a sidebar, and say, ‘Hey, try this.’ And then it works.”

Dreams Always Die With The Sun” was released on June 2nd and the band has since entered the studio at the end of June to finish off the project.

Now the team is preparing for another single to follow up in October/November with an EP/ album release by Spring/Summer of 2024.

Check out Chaoszine‘s interview with drummer Johnny Kelly below: