Van Eps, a mainstay of the Seattle music scene, went into the studio with one simple goal – to harness the epic energy of their live shows in a high-quality format to bring to the masses. Teaming up with producer Scott Olson (Heart, Alice in Chains, The Deftones) and engineer Jason Shavey of Synergy Productions, the 4-piece marched forth into world of professional recording.
The first three songs they recorded were released as singles, and were accompanied by music videos directed and produced by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films (ZZ Top); each release was greeted with thunderous approval, and momentum began to build... the fans wanted more, and more they would get.
After the release of their third music video/single, Van Eps launched into gig-mode, performing shows to clamoring audiences across Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Their appearances included performing at KISW’s 1st Annual Men’s Room Original RedFest to a crowd of 1,800 rockaholics, playing a series of sold-out shows at Seattle’s most famous venues, and opening for a number of national touring acts, including Vince Neil, Geoff Tate, and Hurt.
Returning to the studio with Scott and Jason, they recorded six additional songs – each one a slightly different flavor, but all undeniably Van Eps. The fan favorite “Dirty South” conjures the feeling of a college party on a Georgia summer night, the vibe made complete by guest artist Tyler Paxton adding his flair on the harmonica. Conversely, “Vegas Rain” (one of their newest musical creations), puts the listener on the Las Vegas strip during the late 1980’s, with screaming guitars, catchy riffs, and powerful vocals reminiscent of Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses. Finally, “Move Out of the State” showcases perfectly how Van Eps can take a simple melody, add layer upon layer of depth, and build it into a rhythmic, crescendo of epic rock and roll.
The mastering of the album by Pete Lyman (Slash, Fall Out Boy, Rival Sons), is definitely the icing on the cake; the three singles were remastered along with the first round mastering of the six new tracks to ensure a consistent listening experience from start to finish.
Creatively diverse and equally appealing to listeners across the rock, alternative, and indie spectrums, Van Eps’ new self-titled album is clearly just the beginning for these Seattle rockers.