Eric Church and I are definitely on the same page. I may not be 36, but 31 is pretty close to 36, right? Church claims in an interview with The Independent in Ireland,
"I'm 36-years-old. In my industry, there are a lot of 36-year-olds who want to look 25, 24 even 20. I've been doing this a little while. I'm approaching middle age. I want people to know I've slowed down. Mind you, I still think I'm faster than everyone else. I've just taken the foot off the pedal compared to who I used to be."
Church is so hardcore that he bases his country style off of hard-rock bands like AC/DC, Metallica, and Pantera. I don't think anyone else does that! He's such a GOD! Church says,
"I love country music – revere it. At the same time, I grew up in the 80s around AC/DC, Metallica, Pantera. When I go to make an album, there are so many influences whirring around. That's part of who I am. I would hate for anyone to think it's contrived – that I'm trying to sound a certain way. It is very authentic for me to make an record that has rock elements."
Eric Church performed last Saturday at the iHeart Radio Country Festival in Austin, TX. Check out his hard-rocking performance below, and the rest of his interview with The Independent in Ireland here.