Eyes & No Eyes met at art school in Brighton and developed a shared passion for explosive noise, surreal lyrics, driving motorik beats and free improvisation – whilst never forgetting to keep a solid song foundation.
The band have spent the last year recording their
debut album and racking up tours and shows around the UK and Europe with
the likes of Do Make Say Think, Gravenhurst, Damo Suzuki and Sons of Noel and Adrian.
The self-titled debut album was recorded live to capture the energetic
interplay between the four members – guitar, bass, drums and cello –
with some extra analog synths and warped electronics added to thicken
the textures by the band and collaborator / co-conspirator Woodpecker
Other sounds were collected from far-flung corners,
including overdubs recorded in various cities whilst on the road with
Gravenhurst, field recordings of fireworks punctuating the dystopian
soundscape of album closer The Drowned World, and even shimmering grand
piano ripples recorded in Sydney Opera House.
Piece all that
together and you have an album that features unpredictable songwriting
and arrangements like those of This Heat and Portishead, delicately
walking the fine line between noise and pop drawn up by Sonic Youth and
The album will be preceded by a 7” single in June
featuring the tracks If No One Else Saw It and Flying Machine. The two
tracks were recorded during the album sessions, showing the more grand
and atmospheric side of the band’s sound. Both tracks seem to stagger
into being, stuttering and stalling before beginning to gain pace,
eventually taking off, soaring with transcendent grandeur, before being
unceremoniously swallowed by an Italian tape echo unit named Melos.
Eyes & No Eyes are also putting the final touches to an electronic
side project EP exploring the extinction of birds, fish, languages and
technology. The EP is more in the conceptual tradition of Matmos and
Kraftwerk, using keyboards, drum machines, found sounds and samples.