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Backstage with Children of Eden

Updated on May 15, 2017

Background

Punk rock will always have a place in Los Angeles, a city notorious for it's emphasis on productivity and capitalistic values. When one extreme exists, its only natural for another one to surface and root itself in the spirit of uplifting the marginalized. Punk is NOT dead in Los Angeles, nor will it ever be. It's a powerful outlet that celebrates chaos and all the raw emotions we're encouraged to suppress for the sake of "productivity".

The punk scene in Los Angeles is still thriving, but Boyle Heights seems to take most of the credit for it. Children of Eden already stands out from other punk bands in LA because of it's birthplace in Santa Fe Springs, a city southeast of Boyle Heights. Perhaps it's this geographical distance that has granted them the perspective to make their sound much more unique than many of the existing punk bands in Boyle Heights. And although their current line-up is a tad different than their original line-up, they've stayed true to their mission, which is to create punk rock that anyone can enjoy at all levels.

The first time I heard Children of Eden was at a venue in Las Vegas called Double Down Saloon. The band and I had driven all the way from La Mirada, California to Vegas on a Friday night, and despite being rather sleep-deprived, the bandmates were talkative hours before their set show at 1am the next day, fueled on adrenaline and the anticipation of leaving their audience satisfied.

The band and I pulled up to the Double Down Saloon a bit after 11pm that Saturday evening. Their brother band, The Whining Pussys, was there as well, waiting to play right after them.

I had no idea what to expect. The only information I knew about the band came from the bass player, Felix, a bright young man I met at La Cueva, a dive bar in South El Monte.

Having been acquainted with the Los Angeles punk scene for the past ten years, I was eager to hear what Children of Eden sounded like. But what I saw the night I watched their show at the Double Down Saloon truly blew my mind.

Not only was their sound the perfect combination of raucous, dark, heavy, and resonant, but they succeeded in challenging the audience aesthetically with their creative use of space. Unlike other bands that stay in one place, the musicians moved around the stage and made use of the different levels afforded to them to keep the audience mesmerized.

Most of the punk bands in Los Angeles are quick to slap a label on themselves when it comes to what sort of subgenre of punk they're try to emulate, which is where Children of Eden are refreshingly different. Instead of subscribing strictly to crust, Oi!, hardcore, anarcho punk, or various other subgenres, the songs they craft and perform are truly original. This leaves the audience waiting in suspense, as they wonder in anticipation what kind of punk Children of Eden will play next.


This photograph captures the vibrant energy you can expect to experience at a Children of Eden show.
This photograph captures the vibrant energy you can expect to experience at a Children of Eden show.

Associated Acts

  • The Whining Pussys
  • Brain Fragment
  • Rock 'N' Roll Suicides
  • Hidden
  • The Shubees
  • The Summons

Major Influences

  • Talking Heads
  • The Offspring
  • The Eagles
  • The Clash
  • Gin Blossoms
  • Janis Joplin
  • Atreyu
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Slipknot
  • Misfits
  • AFI

Multiple members of the band in Children of Eden perform vocals, which gives them one of the richest, complex sounds in the industry.
Multiple members of the band in Children of Eden perform vocals, which gives them one of the richest, complex sounds in the industry.

Previous Venues Played

  • Tiki Lounge - Costa Mesa, CA
  • Double Down Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
  • Black Light District Lounge - Long Beach, CA
  • Doll Hut - Anaheim, CA
  • Riff Haus - Fullerton, CA
  • Amplify - Los Angeles, CA
  • La Cueva - S.El Monte, CA
  • Boscoes Bar - Lake Forest, CA
  • Berth 55 - Long Beach, CA
  • Bob Fest - Fontana, CA

Interview With Adrian and Chris

The interview was supposed to take place the night of the show in Vegas, but in true punk-rock fashion, it was interrupted by a bit of intermittent chaos before the show. Adrian and Myke were kind of enough to shoot me the answers to some burning questions I had about the band.

Me: What is it about your band that makes it different from other bands in the industry?

Adrian: The level of seriousness to make it in this industry while having a lot of fun while doing it. We all bring very unique styles in music to this band which has been working out in our favor. We all have different personalities that we mesh together on stage so the crowd gets a good show. In my case, I come from a metal/metalcore background style of drumming and I've used some of my idols and dissected their style of drumming to incorporate into this band.

Chris: What makes us different is the swing and change in our style we can go from hardcore in your face punk to a swinging pogo punk and our writing comes from influences from all sorts of music which makes our songs vary.

Me: What are the future plans of Children of Eden?

Adrian: Here's we hope to accomplish in the near future: getting signed by a record label, recording a full-length album, tour the nation and then the globe (with our brother band, The Whining Pussys), leave our mark in every city we play in, terrorize the universe, hopefully get sponsored by different brands of music gear, and continue with this line up as Children of Eden for the rest of our musical careers. Then, we hope to eventually end up in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Chris: We're always down to travel to gigs all around Ca, up north to San Fran and down south hell all the way to Tijuana and we do Las Vegas. but as for a full on tour we're looking to do one beginning of 2018 starting north to San Fran to Seattle than more focused on playing booking local festival style shows and promoting ourselves as well as our fellow punk bands like the Shubees and the Whining Pussys.


The drummer's roots in metalcore give this punk band the edge that makes them stand out.
The drummer's roots in metalcore give this punk band the edge that makes them stand out.

Where would you like to see Children of Eden play next?

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The passion for creating new music is absolutely contagious whether you yourself are a musician or not.
The passion for creating new music is absolutely contagious whether you yourself are a musician or not.

Original Line-Up

 
 
 
Myke Mahat, 27
Lead Vocals
La Mirada
Adrian Morrison, 25
Drums
Rialto
Christopher "Bob" Vibes, 25
Bass
La Mirada
Erick Arriaga, 28
Guitar
La Habra

Current Line-Up

 
 
 
Myke Mahat, 27
Vocals, Guitar
La Mirada
Adrian Morrison, 25
Drums
Norwalk
Chris "Bob" Vibes, 25
Guitar
La Mirada
Felix Garcia, 20
Bass
El Monte
4.6 out of 5 stars from 5 ratings of How Would You Rate Children of Eden?

Interested in booking Children of Eden? Contact their manager, Aaron Holzberg at holzberg.aaron@gmail.com.

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