The Brat Stop – Kenosha, WI
All Photos by Paul Weber
Have you ever witnessed a band live and thought to yourself, “Wow, these guys are going to be big?” That’s what ran through my head last night as Eye Empire hit the stage at the Brat Stop in Kenosha. Who is Eye Empire? The band is composed of four very talented gentlemen. On bass is Corey Lowery. Sound familiar? Corey used to be in Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, and Dark New Day, and he also is the brother to Clint Lowery from this lil’ metal band called Sevendust. Heard of them? I thought so. Then there is B.C. Kochmit on guitar formerly from Switched, and Donald Carpenter who used to sing lead vocals for Submersed. The guys had a small problem as Morgan Rose from Sevendust played drums for them on their album; they had to find someone who could fill those shoes live and take over drums completely. They found Ryan Bennett from Texas Hippie Coalition, who is an insane talent on drums; no filler all killer.
Eye Empire is currently out on an extensive tour in the Midwest promoting their album Moment of Impact that was recorded in 2010 with Corey Lowery and the band on the production end, Clint Lowery assisting with writing, and Sevendust members Lajon Witherspoon and Morgan Rose contributing their talents. Moment of Impact is a solid rock album, and dare I say, radio friendly which isn’t a bad thing. I was actually floored when I played the first tune, “I Pray” off the album. It’s a very polished rock album that positions Eye Empire for greatness.
Live these guys are stellar to say the least. If you listened to Submersed’s “Hollow” you can begin to understand the power of DC’s vocal abilities, but Eye Empire’s material makes “Hollow” sound like child’s play. DC can sound like an angel one minute, as in “Angel and Demons,” and in the next breath channel cookie monster.
The quartet performed as if they had 10,000 fans at their feet and appreciated everyone that was before them. DC repeated several times throughout the night, “It’s not about how many; it’s about who shows up!” There were fans there that drove 5 hours just to see them perform. Also in the crowd was a man who had just gone to the tattoo parlor and had the Eye Empire logo scribed into his bicep. Corey pulled him onstage and let the rest of the fans see his dedication.
The energy was intense and DC warned the audience that the reoccurring theme for the night would be “moving your body.” It was a high octane performance that was fueled by songs from Moment of Impact including the likes of “Great Deceiver,” “Feels Like I am Falling,” “Bull in a China Shop,” “Self Destructive,” “More Than Fate,” and “I Pray.”
Official “I Pray” Music Video from Eye Empire
As DC had mentioned the theme of the night would be moving your body, but the actual reoccurring theme of the night was the appreciation this band has for their fans – #LoveRespectSupport. It was genuine as these guys have seen the highs and lows of the business and, as DC put it, “[He understands] just how important fans are to music.”
Look out for some new music as they’ve been recording for the past 4 days in Cleveland in a makeshift studio in the Red Roof Inn. There is no doubt that this band is going places and could quite easily handle an opening spot on a rock festival stage. In other words, this is the must-see band for 2012! Tour dates and photos from their set are below.
Check out more photos from Eye Empire’s set at the Brat Stop:
Eye Empire Tour Dates:
|Feb 17||The Intersection||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Feb 18||The Stop||Urbana, IL|
|Feb 19||Bar 3||Rockford, IL|
|Feb 21||Warehouse||La Crosse, WI|
|Feb 23||Offside Barw/ Soil||Woodstock, IL|
|Feb 24||Back Barw/ Soil||Janesville, WI|
|Feb 26||Planet Rock||Battle Creek, MI|
|Feb 28||The Loft||Lansing, MI|
|Mar 01||Wally’s Pub||Hampton, NH|
|Mar 02||Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall||Wantagh, NY|
|Mar 03||The Room||Brookfield, CT|
|Mar 10||McGuffy’s||Dayton, OH|
|Mar 15||Royal Palace||Venice, FL|
|Mar 16||The Rusty Hook||Sarasota, FL|
|Mar 17||Durty Nellys Block Party||St Petersburg, FL|
|Mar 18||321 Local||Cocoa Beach, FL|
|Mar 23||The Loose Caboose||Columbia, SC|
|Mar 24||Ground Zero||Spartanburg, SC|
|Mar 31||Up or On the Rocks||West Hartford, CT|
|Apr 29||Welcome To Rockvillew/ Shinedown, Five …||Jacksonville, FL|