Taking their name from one the toughest roads that runs through their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Egypt Central was formed in 2001, by John T. Falls (vocals), Joey Chicago (bass), Heath Hindman (guitar), Blake Allison (drums), and Jeff James (guitar).
The band was signed to LAVA Records by Music industry vet Jason Flom and instantly the band went into the studio to record their first self-titled disc in 2006. produced and mixed by Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Linkin Park, etc.). What came out of that 3-month process was an insanely catchy, hard-driven disc that has turned rock fans' expectations upside down. Their sound encompasses edgy rock, thunderous metal, and tumbles into the realm of funk and arena rock.
As the wind of change took place in the music industry, corporate downsizing took hold and Jason had left the company as well as many of the bands that he had signed. Egypt Central had found themselves with out a label but knew they still had one damn good record!
One of their tracks "Over and Under" caught the attention of the WWE and was featured in the movie, "The Condemned" staring Stone Cold Steve Austin. The band knew that if they could keep turning people on to their music, then opportunities would come. Pockets of radio play started to develop. Ft Wayne, Tallahassee, Biloxi, and obviously Memphis and reaction to “Over and Under” was instant. With that exposure, the band earned themselves slots on the Ozzfest and Family Values Tour.
As momentum continued to build, so did record company interest and in the summer of 2007 Egypt Central signed a new record deal with Fat Lady Music/ILG.
With a new record company behind them, the band went back in the studio to really put the polish on a record that was never fully finished. “We were happy to get another crack at it,” comments Falls. “I’m the type of person that will constantly tweak something until I feel it is the best I can give”. So, with the help of mixer Paul David Hagar and mastered by legendary George Marino, they have Re-mixed/Re-mastered and Re-sequenced the CD taking it to another level!
The release date for their newly tooled debut CD is January 15, 2008.
According to vocalist, Falls, "the lyrics have something to say." Bassist, Joey Chicago adds, "We realize just how important our role is as a musicians. We want people to feel good about listening to our music and overcoming obstacles in life that can really slow you down."
Foster care, rehabs, homelessness, signed to a major label and dropped - the band's self titled debut CD tells the story of their lives - an ever changing collage of lost love, frustration, broken dreams, but with the determination to rise and succeed.
"Life is what you make of it," says, Falls. "We're not vengeful people, and we would never let any negative energy ruin how great it feels to have an album out. After all the work we put in, it's the greatest feeling ever and I don't think it would be so gratifying had we not been through everything we've experienced. It's just another defining moment of what Egypt Central is all about...facing obstacles and overcoming them."