Mood Board : Eat Dirt.

Mood Board  : Eat Dirt.

By Andy Joice

Jul 18, 2019 15:45

We talk with Ben Mills of Eat Dirt. about the inspirations for their debut album 'Death Is Death', released on Bearded Punk Records on June 3.

Friends And Family Moving On

The main thing that inspired this record is friends and/or family dying. I’ve never really written anything like this before. It’s always been about being angry, partying, politics or general life stuff. I’ve never written an album that has a theme. It wasn’t conscious but one song after the other became about death, dying or loss. Grief and the feelings attached to the loss of loved ones ended up being the place that I went to for inspiration.

Every Time I Die – ‘Low Teens’

This album is perfect in every way and it’s a record I’ve been listening to a lot. Especially around the time ‘Death Is Death’ was in its infancy. I think it inspired me to be more honest with my lyrics and to put some actual thought into the subject matter of each song.

Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

This book really puts life into perspective. How insignificant we all are but also how amazing it is that we’re here. That we made it. Read it – you’re gonna be blown away by some of the insights and information in this book… unless you believe that the earth was created in seven days… then you’ll hate it.

Forensic Files

What an amazing way to waste an evening. This is the best way to switch off from writing a record about how finite life is.

Last Podcast On The Left

This is actually the first place I heard the term “Death is Death”. Ben Kissel, one of the hosts, said “Life is life no matter how you live it. Death is death no matter how it’s inflicted,” which really stayed with me and by the end of the day, I’d written the title track to the album and the first single.

Check out the video for Eat Dirt.’s single ‘Death Is Death’ below.