Eva Plays Dead: A Lively Rockin’ Wonderland
Meet Eva Plays Dead, a wondrously lively collective based out of the UK and ready to rock your world. The band has just unleashed their latest single Wonderland, and plan to follow up with more music later on in the year. Fronted by the charismatic Tiggy Dee, Eva Plays Dead is destined to have a lasting appeal to fans of Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless. As Highwire Daze is always seeking bands on the rise to cover, we decided to check in with Eva Plays Dead to find out more about their exhilarating music, lyrical inspirations, songs for the Queen, and other topics of intrigue. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Eva Plays Dead, and how long the band has been together.
We have boss lady Tiggy Dee on vocals, Matt Gascoyne on guitar, Zach Shannon on bass and Seb Boyse on drums. Matt and Tig have been writing and playing together since 2009, settled on the current lineup in 2011 and launched Eva Plays Dead in January 2013.
Where are you based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We’re an even split between Nottingham and Derby, smack bang in the middle of the UK. Even though the cities are only a 30 minute drive away from one another, the music scenes are completely different. The Nottingham music scene has a really eclectic mix of genres, venues, promoters and media types so there is always something going on with a supportive vibe between the bands and music community – the best thing is that a lot of them actually go to check out other gigs. We love Derby just as much because we’ve essentially grown up at a venue there called The Victoria Inn and always have an awesome crowd there, although the scene is generally dwindling. Bands are less supportive of one another and the only time you’ll see a lot of them in a venue is if it’s their own gig.
Is there any story or concept behind your new single Wonderland?
The lyrics behind this song, like everything I write, are very personal. I want the song to be relatable to people who have struggled with challenging times that affect how you perceive the world and the people around you. As a teen I was pretty naive and trusted people that later overstepped the line and this happens a lot to young teens who have little life experience. I’m pretty open about my troubles and although these lyrics may sound dark I wanted it too highlight the strength you gain from overcoming hard times.
Select any other Eva Plays Dead song and what inspired the lyrics.
Long story short, Tig was in a really monogamous relationship with a guy that she couldn’t stand being around. It became pretty serious pretty quick, at a young age it can definitely make you feel trapped and let’s be honest when you’re young you just want to have fun and go bit crazy. This song is about being young, and free and how difficult it can be when you find yourself in a serious relationship (by accident) with no way out. When I write songs such as ‘Live, Again‘ it’s a way of airing my feelings but I was hoping that this song out of the whole E.P would be most relatable because I know, from speaking to others that the feeling of being trapped is suffocating.
What could one expect from a live Eva Plays Dead show?
Volume. Sweat. Blood. Passion. We’re loud. Really loud. When we go to gigs we love feeling the kick drum in our chest, practically feeling the air being pushed from the cabs and the smell of amp valves being pushed hard, so we want to make that happen at our shows. If Tig isn’t in the crowds face, Zach isn’t shouting obscenities and Matt isn’t hanging from or climbing on part of the rig or building infrastructure then you’re not at an Eva Plays Dead gig. We want everyone who has taken time from their lives and parted with their money to see us to have an awesome time so we put in 110% and involve them fully in the show.
If you could open up for any band or artist either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Right now, we’d jump at the chance to open up for Marmozets, Halestorm or The Pretty Reckless. We always refer to them when people ask what we’re about and their live shows are crazy so we’d love to get involved – We think that they’re some of the most exciting bands around at the moment.
Eva Plays Dead is invited by the Queen of England to play one song at a live Royal Command Performance. What song would you play for Her Majesty and guests and why?
She seems frail, so maybe ‘You Can Have All Her Money‘ taken off our first album ‘Guilt Trips & Sins,’ which is a really chilled out song so it won’t knock her off her throne. OR our song ‘Bad Girl‘ (which will become more apparent in the next few months) which we would hope might take her back to the ‘good ole days,’ potentially relight an old fire of hers which she’s managed to forget about over the years and result in her reliving those reckless nights out with a bottle of whiskey and rock n roll that the general public don’t know about… Maybe.
How close are you to recording a new EP or full length?
Done and dusted. With regards to releasing it though, just get ready for later this year – it’ll be here before you know it. 2015 has only just started.
When you look back on your previous album Guilt Trips & Sins, what do you think of it now?
It’s like looking back at photos of when you were a kid and thinking ‘I was a strange yet cute child.’ It’s an old, OLD, album which we started writing in 2011 when Seb joined the band. It started out as an EP but the label we were with at the time decided they wanted an album so we bolted on another 5 tracks which made it a little bit inconsistent. Although we still enjoy listening to it and we always see fans singing back the words to us at shows, we’re just desperate to drop our new material and show everyone what we’re about now – how our sound has changed since growing up a bit, taking influence from different bands and developing our taste.
Any plans for Eva Plays Dead to play shows here in the States?
We recently did an interview with ToxicOnline where we spoke about how broke we are… so although we’ve got promoters wanting us out there (as well as Europe), we just cannot afford it at the moment. We’re always planning ahead and the words ‘Lets tour the world‘ have passed our lips on many occasions so if we keep doing our thing then you might see us out there at some point.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
If they remember the chorus’ melody, then thats a good start (as well as our name). The thing we hear the most, especially since premiering the video for WONDERLAND is that people can’t seem to get the chorus’ lyrics and the opening guitar riff out of their head which means that we’ve done our job well!
Any final words of wisdom?
3 things we’ve learned over the last few years:
1. Want to get somewhere? There needs to be fuel in the van. You WILL break down on the motorway at 3am.
2. Don’t want your favourite band to break up? Go to their gigs, buy their music and their merch.
3. Coffee = life.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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