AWAITING ELI are:
Eric Tomes | Patrick Kirschbaum | Carlos Garcia | Blake Amato
Among its various translations, the Hebrew “Eli” corresponds to “Elevated” in English. As such, Kansas City quartet Awaiting Eli (Eric Tomes - vocals, Patrick Kirschbaum a.k.a. “MADIX” - guitar, programming, Carlos Garcia a.k.a. “Los” - bass, and Blake Amato - drums)elevate themselves as musicians in order to ultimately elevate hard rock. After building a grassroots fan base and touring the U.S. with heavy hitters such as SAUL, Drowning Pool, and more, the band have perfected an unpredictable and undeniable brand of hard rock punctuated by electronic flourishes and intricate instrumentation.
“To us, Awaiting Eli represents reaching new heights within yourself,” says Eric. “We’ve all come full circle. I lived the party life for many years. However, I finally buried that side. This music is the search to find the better person inside of you. We want fans to be a part of this story with us.”
Awaiting Eli first invited audiences to join them via 2015’s independent full-length debut, Lifeless. Releasing singles such as “Broken,” they performed to packed crowds with everyone from Tantric to Puddle of Mudd and Gemini Syndrome. Additionally, the band joined forces with platinum hip-hop superstars Tech N9ne and King Iso on “I Won’t Quit”, posting up over 1 million streams and 1.4 million views on YouTube thus far. They have also garnered significant media and praise from the press, including Review Fix, Music Existence, and many more.
In early 2021, the guys linked up with super-producer, Chris Dawson [SAUL, Any Given Sin, Lines Of Loyalty] and unlocked the next level of their own evolution. “Dawson really understood where we wanted to go,” Eric continues. “We locked into a vibe and just kept going. We gel very well, and it’s been history since then.”
Awaiting Eli now introduces the next chapter of the band with the powerful single, “Heroes & Villains.” On the track, airy keyboards give way to a hypnotically heavy riff, as Eric’s voice glides between glitchy textures before an instantly chantable hook, “We are all heroes and villains. It’s survival of the fittest”.
“Everyone has these feelings,” he goes on. “You wake up and wonder, ‘Am I a hero or a villain?’ The villain inside of me was the person I kept going back to, doing drugs, partying, and living a life that only led to negative results. I killed that side of myself. There are multiple layers to the song. If someone possesses different views than me, I don’t consider this person a villain and myself a hero. It’s up for interpretation. That goes for our music in general.”
Ultimately, Awaiting Eli balances these emotional and sonic extremes of hard rock and ultimately fosters its evolution. “In the end, we try to convey a positive message,” he concludes. “We’re writing about real situations, but we’re encouraging everyone to look at the bright side of these situations. At the same time, we also hope that you feel like the music is badass!”
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