Eli Young Band returns to their roots on their latest album 'Fingerprints'
Multi-platinum country group Eli Young Band is returning to their roots on their latest album Fingerprints and frontman Mike Eli told AOL Entertainment about their deep connection to the record and why they had to make it their most personal album yet.
"There was a lot of passion in this album," Eli expressed. "Going back into the studio, sitting in a room together, making music is what we needed. It was that Eli Young Band renewal moment and I think [that's what] this record is for us."
It's been over three years since EYB gave us a full-length album, but the band has kept busy during the small hiatus in producing an LP. The group collaborated with pop singer Andy Grammer on the duet "Honey I'm Good" and produced a more pop-laden EP, Turn It On. Shortly after coming off of these experiments, the band realized that it was time to get back into the studio and start making music -- but it wasn't exactly easy.
Mike Eli expressed that somewhere in the middle of writing over the past year and a half, that although they were writing some great material, they just weren't feeling a deep connection to the songs.
"I realized that we were trying to write the smartest, wittiest songs but we forgot to be passionate about the idea that we were writing about," he said. "We weren't writing from the right place and when we realized that, these [personal] songs began to get written."
The result? The old-school EYB sound fans love and co-writing 8 out of 11 songs on Fingerprints, including one of their latest hits, "Skin & Bones" -- a reflection of the intimate bond between Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey.
"As a songwriter ... you have to make it personal otherwise you just don't have anything invested in it," Eli said. "I love my wife and when you've been through a lot together, I think that sometimes it's important as time goes on, to let her know that I still feel it."
Fans will be happy to hear songs off Fingerprints are as infectious as their previous hits such as "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," "Crazy Girl" and "Dust." The band's latest single "Never Land" plays off of their signature midtempo love song style.
And after 17 years of being in a band, the group is as appreciative of everyone around them, as if it was their first record, dedicating the title of their latest album to their fans and anyone that has touched their lives.
"Whether it's our managers, or publicist, our families, wives, and fans," Eli said. "We have been so incredibly lucky to be able to do this and have so many people that care about us around, that work so hard to keep us on the road making music."
The band is currently hitting the road, delivering what Eli promises as the best show they've ever put on. "We've hit this next gear as musicians," he expresses.
We can't wait to see what's in store for them next.
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Fingerprints is available now.
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