EyeCandy Discusses How They Just Want More!

Pop band with some punk attitude is the perfect combo for one like EyeCandy. Let alone that name, this band just want to make stuff, from creating more music, playing shows, and just loving the life of it all! Find out all of the details and more of the discussion below!

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Well, my name is C. T. McCallister. I am the front man of EyeCandy. And EyeCandy was originally the name of my solo acoustic gig I did all throughout high school. At the time, I was unable to get any of my friends (we were all freshman in high school) to commit to a band how I would like. But in 2013, the year I graduated, I linked up with a friend of mine who was venturing into producing music. I recorded three of my originals as if there were five of me creating a full band. It was all for the sake of creativity so I did absolutely nothing with them, until 2016, that is. In 2016, I kind of re-found my songs and showed them to a few friends. All of which told me they would love to be in a band and play those songs live. As of 2019,  we have recorded a 7 song album (broken things, 2017), released an EP (Angst 2019), released a music video (Dead Weight), and we have had a few member changes. Our current lineup consists of Caleb Marshall (guitar and vocals), Noah Watts (Bass), Collin Correia (Drums), and myself. Caleb was the first person I showed my songs to back in 2016, this band is his baby as much as it is mine. Noah came along this year, I met him back in January and he is the most incredible bassist I know and the nicest guy. Collin joined us back in the fall of last year, typical drummer. Loves disc golf and is the chillest dude around.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Honestly, I just thought of it one day. Booooooring.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are out of Grand Rapids, MI. The music scene is great in the mitten. A lot of people care about it and there are so many hardworking bands. The hardest part for us is that we don't really fall in the two major genres in our state. Metal is huge and indie pop is huge in a niche sort of way. But we love to garner attention from both sides, we can give a good show to either audience. As far as locals we recommend, there are so many lovely ones. LOKELLA, Leland Blue, Boy From School, The American Hotel System, Clyde Park Avenue, Often Home, Michigan Left. To name a few, honestly the music scene in MI has so much talent its stupid.

4. How would you describe your style?

We are a pop band with a punk attitude. An alternative band with influences from pop, rock, and punk.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Like I said, we released "broken things" back in 2017 and we put out "Angst" this year. People can expect honesty and real talk about real problems and real feelings. My goal in writing my lyrics is to be as upfront and real as possible.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?


7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Not anything solid at the moment. We have a lot bouncing around on the drawing board, though.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Keep writing, keep playing, keep touring. We love this life.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Our music is on all the major music outlets. Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc. We also have our music video for "Dead Weight" on YouTube. Check that out! It was a load of fun to film.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Two things. They matter and I am happy they exist. Our music is all about internal and external relational struggles. We want anyone hearing us to be able to relate to what we have been through or felt but also hear the hope in our words. To hear that there is healing and a reason to keep living, learning, and growing. To know that they are not alone in feeling or struggling the way they do.

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