Guitar-driven rock band Eve to Adam is scheduled to add “playing at an annual Columbus rock festival” to its already impressive list of accomplishments since its formation in the late 1990s.
The band’s accomplishments include a mentorship by its Grammy-winning songwriter Desmond Child, playing sold-out shows with acts such as Daughtry, Motley Crue, Hinder and Three Doors Down, and selection by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx as one of his Sideshow Sixx Picks for “Sixx Sense Radio Show.”
The New York City-based band is scheduled to perform at 12:40 p.m. Sunday at Columbus Crew Stadium for Rock on the Range on the Jägermeister Stage.
The sound of the band plays modern hard rock, but steeps in ‘80s and ‘90s tradition, and has been compared to groups like Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam, said Taki Sassaris, lead guitarist and vocalist.
“It’s got kind of a ‘90s sonic landscape with a ‘80s showmanship presentation,” Sassaris said.
The band is performing in support of its fourth full-length album, “Banquet for a Starving Dog.”
Sassaris said this album is more personal and mature than past albums and contains a lot of relationship material, along with themes of disappointment and a few inspirational songs.
“I would say that the album, it’s a pendulum. It swings back and forth between the challenges and disappointments of life, met with the moments in life where you feel like you can overcome anything,” Sassarissaid. “There’s a lot of different forms of love on this album in the songs, from love gone bad, to elation, to being crushed by losing someone you love.”
He added of hoping his fans would identify with the album, and said he has received feedback indicating they have.
“That’s one of the things a lot of my fans say, that it’s been an awakening for them in a lot of ways, there’s a lot of themes there that they’ve endured also. A song like ‘Reach,’ I’ve gotten a lot of messages from people that say that song has gotten them through a lot of tough times,” he said. “I think anytime you write a piece of music that becomes a soundtrack to someone else’s life, I don’t think there’s any greater compliment.”
Drummer Alex Sassaris said the band’s performances are intense and high energy. He described it as a “sweat-fueled extravaganza of loud a– f—ing rock ‘n’ roll.”
The band’s live shows are always different, Taki Sassaris said.
“It’s never the same show, but what is the same and what is consistent is that you’re going to fully experience what I’m experiencing up there, because that’s what I’m going to convey to you,” Taki Sassaris said. “We like to keep it fresh and keep it interesting for ourselves. If it’s not interesting for us, it’s never going to be interesting for the audience.”
Taki Sassaris said he was honored to hear the band would be performing at Rock on the Range.
“I was ecstatic because Rock on the Range has become the premiere festival of the summer tour season, it basically initiates the entire season with a bang,” he said. “The lineups are always fantastic and people have a great time. It’s an event that people look forward to every year.”
Gary Spivack, a representative for Right Arm Entertainment, the group promoting Rock on the Range, said Eve to Adam possessed all of the qualities it was looking for in a band to play at the festival.
“We look for up-and-coming bands that have traction, whether it’s social media traction or radio airplay traction, and Eve to Adam was one of those bands that was getting some really solid airplay at the time, and we want to put together the best show that the fans will like,” Spivack said.
Taki Sassaris said he is also excited about coming back to Columbus.
“It’s a great college city. They certainly know how to party, and anytime you get a town together that knows how to party and they like rock ‘n’ roll, it’s going to be an interesting night,” he said. “And I’m here to bring my brand of hard rock to that show and try to leave my own little imprint and hopefully get invited back for next year.”