March 1st, 2012
When I first saw Eighteen Individual Eyes, they were an all female band, and I’d just seen a few all female bands that simply were not very good so it stuck in my small brain, All Female Band. It was unfair to EIE, though. They weren’t an all female band. They were just a good band that happened to be all female. It was, and is, all about the music.
And the music is good. U2ish at times, even a little Radiohead like in the beat of Mares (my favorite EIE tune). They have energy, but they need space, a good mix, like Four Poses that rides a cool bass riff while guitars right and left do their thing. They spread it out rather than go over the top. And there’s a sweetness, even when they bring it up and rock. It’s partially Irene Barber’s voice. She sounds sweet even when she’s balls out screaming, and that’s one thing about them. They have an edge, but there’s always a soft spot, a tender spot, and they aim for it, and they usually get there.
Their new CD, Unnovae Nights, is being released today with a show at The Crocodile this evening (details below), a place where the mix is good and, I imagine, where the astral sounds of EIE will fill the space quite well.
CD Release Show:
When: Thursday March 1st
Where: The Crocodile