|You recorded your first album with productional
help from Bruce Fitzhugh of Living Sacrifice.
What do you think of the recording?
Cory: Oh, beautiful.
Jayson: It's wonderful for four days
Matt: We love it.
Cory: It's so fresh. We recorded it in four days and it sounds
Matt: It's hip hip happening.
Cory: Because Barry Poynter rulz all land and sea.
Matt: He's the magdaddy
Cory: Not really, though.
Matt: Yes, it's a good recording. We like it.
Cory: We love it!
The album was recorded in November 1997. Why took it so long
before it was released?
Matt: It's because of the artwork and if you look at the artwork
from the US release you really can't tell that it took that long.
Jayson: It took it's time.
The American artwork is quite boring....
Jayson: Wow! Hey! Hahaha!
Yes, because Day-Glo they know how to do it.
Corey. Yeah, we liked that picture with the dude with the hair.
Who did the artwork?
Matt: For Day-Glo? Markus Johansson did the artwork.
You didn't have your own hand in it?
Matt: The European artwork is completely done by Markus
He did it and you had to like it?
Matt: Actually, they gave us a web-address where we could look at
it but they didn't ask us for approval. We just looked at it and said "hey that's
cool" and it was already out. I mean, he bought the rights to it so they could do
whatever they liked. They could have put naked guys on it if they wanted to, it wouldn't
matter. No, we really like the European artwork.
Jayson: It rules!
You both play clubs as Christian venues. What do you prefer?
Jayson: We prefer non-Christian. Clubs.
Matt: Naturally we prefer non-Christian clubs because that's part
of the ministry but we don't have problems with Christian clubs. We play both. We prefer
non-Christian but we'll play both. We have friends on both sides and we want to make them
You're on a three week tour through Europe with Blindside. How do
you like it here?
Matt: It's really neat
Jayson: It's cool
Cory: Hard bread and cheese
Jayson: Hard bread and cheese. Paid-for bathrooms, hot drinks.
Matt: The money changes every four hundred miles and so does the
language. And, what else? Hockey here!
Jayson: Hockey here! Hockey rules in Europe. It rains! Yeah, we
like it here.
Matt: Those are our thoughts on Europe. It's just our
observations. We really like it here. We never been here. I don't know if we'll come back.
Cory: I've been here.
Matt: He's been here, I'm sorry. He came here when he played
guitar with Living Sacrifice.
Is the European public different than what you're used to in the
Is the European....? They like to mosh a lot more over here. It's
different than at home because, I guess, we're a little more well-known at home. So,
people who actually come to see us where as here they've kind of heard our name so they
come and check it out. So, it's a little bit different. We have a little bit more respect
to earn over here. So, we really have to be slammin'.
I'm a deejay so I play your music.
Matt: So, you play the almighty Eso-Charis?
Yeah. That's a way to put it
Matt: Hahaha, sorry, we're just silly. We're kidding.
You're playing at the Brainwave Festival. What might people
expect from an Eso-Charis show?
Matt: Chaotic layered crusted metal with a hint of crust.
Jayson: Glamrock. Lying on the ground....
Matt: Freakin' out and hockey here!
Jayson: .... Shaking and screamin'
Matt: We're going to put on a good show. I'm not sure. The only
instruments that belongs to us are the guitars. Everything else is rented and relented.
So, I hope that it all sounds good. We really want to have a good show today. We kind of
wanna make everybody happy but you can't please them all. So, we're just trying to have
fun and put on a good show and.....
Jayson: ....have fun!
Matt: Hopefully, everybody likes it. I hope people mosh.