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Casey Moss and Andy Weissberg are Eyes of One. (SUBMITTED)
Fronted by vocalist and Days of Our Lives star Casey Moss and guitarist Andy Weissberg, Eyes of One is new to the music scene, but quickly gaining ground as a serious hard rock contender. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the L.A.-based band.
24: Does the name represent a shared musical vision?
AW: The name originally was a song from a previous band that Casey and I were both guitar players in. We immediately clicked and became great friends. We split from that band shortly after and started our own project. We thought it would be cool because that was the first song that brought together guitar players, which also then led to an immediate friendship. We see the name Eyes of One as one vision that Casey and I see through our own eyes. On top of that, it's just a bad ass-sounding name. We've gotten nothing but compliments on it.
24: What brought you guys together?
AW: I called Casey one day and I asked him if he would want to start our own project. This was all around the time that Casey had just started on Days of Our Lives and it was very tough at first because he had little-to-no time to focus on music. We became friends and started writing songs just as guitar players. We didn't have a singer and one day Casey was just messing around singing over a tune and I heard something special. He couldn't hear it nor did he believe me, but I knew that there was something there. So I bugged him for a few months to be our singer and he wanted no part of that. Casey ended up messing around and tracking some vocals over some music and he was able to hear himself sing. The next day he called me and the first thing out of his mouth when I answered was, "Let's do this."
24: Casey, when you’re known as an actor and branch out as a singer, do you think people judge you more critically?
CM: To be honest, I think people judge most actors that branch out as musicians. But thankfully, soap fans are very loyal and I've been fortunate when it comes to my fans. I haven't had bad responses. That's transferring directly over to music. And I also believe that fans might have a higher respect when you're not playing "pop" music. I'm playing what I've grown up on and I'm playing what I believe in. People can see that. It's all about being honest with yourself. My fans know that I've always been a musician that started acting not the other way around.
24: Your musical influences are obviously heavier rock-oriented.
AW: Casey and I are only a couple years apart in age and it's the same with our parents. They grew up during the ‘70s and ‘80s hard rock/metal scene so that's basically all we knew growing up. I'm talking about Van Halen, Guns ‘n Roses, Scorpions, Ozzy Osborne, Mötley Crüe — basically anything with loud guitars and screaming vocals. We grew up on the rock scene of the ‘90s and 2000s — Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Sum 41 — from punk to hard rock to metal.
24: What’s the act like live?
AW: It's insane. We really put a lot of focus on the live act and feel the look and the attitude has gone missing in rock — two very crucial parts of being a successful band. The music is so crucial obviously, but there's so much more to it than that. Rock ‘n roll is not just music. It's a lifestyle and once you have that figured out, you’re going to be untouchable. We're all about the live show. People don't come just to hear the music. If they wanted to they would just play your CD in their car. They come because they expect to see a bad ass show put on by the band they admire. I've seen way too many bands up and down the Sunset Strip that completely have no concept of a live show and it's frustrating because some of them have had good music. You can have crappy music but if you put on a great show and have great presence then there's a good chance people will go home remembering what your band name was — interacting is key.
24: Any plans to tour and, if so, will be Vancouver be a destination?
AW: We're working on getting on as an opener with some bigger bands, but nothing is set in stone yet. I don't know where we will end up, but Vancouver has always been a place I've wanted to visit so I really hope we can make it work to end up there.