ARTIST: Tombstones In Their Eyes
RELEASE: Bad Clouds EP
RELEASE DATE: 01/05/16
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
In the age of modern tech advancement and ever evolving new ways to record music, its a great feeling when something new musically walks out of left-field and screams at you to listen to it. Forget about all of the trolling PR companies with their numerous Facebook alias’s forcing their fake sponsored likes onto unsuspecting bands or the nonsensical money making (scene killing) old-school band reunions that seem to plague the underground fraternity as we know it today! What I’m talking about is music so fresh, so expertly produced and melodically sound that it literally takes your breath away after one listen. How many times can you actually say that in todays scene about any one bloody band? I bet you’d struggle to think of one? This week I was blown away by a collection of four tracks by L.A based alternative psych-gazers ‘Tombstones In Their Eyes’ entitled ‘Bad Clouds’, the follow up to their huge sounding 2014 debut album ‘Sleep Forever’ and I had to seriously think about when it was that I’d last heard great music like this? It was a really difficult task! The band are made up of: John Treanor – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, Josh Drew – Bass/Backing Vocals, Stephen Striegel – Drums/Percussion & Samuel Sherwood – Percussion and the full EP is available to buy/download right now from: tombstonesintheireyes.bandcamp.com
The EP begins in a cacophony of explosive golden fuzz, permeated with droning atmospheric guitar progressions that are used as a vehicle to usher in the intensely melodic vocal track on a shimmering wave of reverberating joy. ‘I Can See The Light’ meanders through its verse parts with ease and builds up some serious momentum as we surge into a huge sonic swell that allows its chorus parts to be dragged from the shadier side of psych-gaze into majestic shimmering light. Lyrically sublime, this track is a stunning opening salvo by a band transfixed on sonic perfection. Track two, ‘Bad Clouds’ oozes melancholy from its opening notes. This track is utterly addictive and reminiscent at times to Scottish based post-gazers ‘Dead Electric’ as those steadying percussive patterns carry the swirling vocal track and those penetrating guitar swells seem to circumnavigate the entire musical piece with aplomb. The chorus progressions add lift as the tempo changes and those heartfelt vocal lines breathe life into the sonic ether sending reverberating ripples into the stunning lead guitar lines thus allowing the track to soar with reckless abandon.
‘Everybody’s Dead’, the EP’s penultimate track, shimmies into earshot on a shuddering drone as its shuffling drum patterns and slow but sludgy guitar parts add atmospheric weight to proceedings. The prominent chord changes are brilliant but its the highly addictive vocal line, with its infectious lyrical content (that catches the ear of this listener) sucks you in and keeps you interested right up until that soaring lead break. ‘Everybody’s Dead’ is an impressive sonic confession that pierces the bright comfort bubble surrounding most bands today and injects a dark and foreboding kind of melody into the musical ether that swirls and melds with the instrumentation and it all somehow fits! The EP’s closing track is called ‘You’re To Blame’ and its a brilliantly constructed slice of 60’s psych tinged goodness. It courses through its verse and chorus progressions on an ever evolving musical stream as we motor towards a maelstrom of explosive noise, filled with psychedelically induced squealing guitars, pounding drums and tremulous bass frequencies.
Its a fitting end to a thoroughly enjoyable EP. Recommended Listening!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.