Review by Sealab Tucker
Album art by Robby Rodwell, Photo by Jodi Donkel
I hate it when I compare new music to the old music I’ve been listening to. It takes away from the individuality of the band you’ve recently discovered. I do this, and maybe most of you do it too, so that it makes it easier to listen to the first time around. I feel like an old fogey when I won’t listen to something I’ve not heard before just because it might not give me the same feelings as something I’ve listened to a thousand times prior. But it does help, and I hope it will help you readers better understand this album review. Eyeball, a psychedelic rock band out of Raleigh, North Carolina, has this amazing debut EP titled Paradox of Eternal Limits that was released August of 2017. This is what I’ve come up with: Jefferson Starship had a love child with Pink Floyd, and gave that child up for adoption and it was taken in by a young, hip parent in Electric Wizard. This album gives me a lot of feelings of being back in high school with my friends while we were smoking joints and listening to random, ambient sounds while we put on our own light show with lava lamps and lasers. With only only four tracks, it still takes two days to listen to this album. You’ll need to use the first day to get lost in it, and then you’ll use the second day to find your way out.
Before I hit play, I went out to the edge of my father’s property and stood with my feet in the water of the Tippecanoe river. It was cool and breezy, and I closed my eyes and swayed slowly back and forth. Trust me, you’ll want to do this to get the full affect. This is truly psych rock having never died off. Their first track, “Acid War,” is ominous but light as a feather. You can tell they want to put you in a transitive state. A really grungy take on experimental, this song is simple and short, yet not afraid to be something out of the ordinary. These guys aren’t trying to be the next Pink Floyd, because they’re doing just fine as themselves. “Acid War” was perfect to be released as a single because it doesn’t give the whole band away. You won’t listen to this once and think, “Eh, that’s enough of that stuff.” It makes you want to do some digging around and to see what they’re all about.
The second track and second single, “Inside the Moon,” is truly a magical piece. This is eight and a half minutes of trippy sounds stuck out of time, and it very well could have made it to a 60’s psych rock album. The bass, being played by Brian Oaksford, is so alluring and it anchors you just enough that you don’t fly away on this hot air balloon. And with Aaron Albrecht manning the synth sound, this track takes you far away over vast landscapes untouched my man and capitalism. I feel like an eagle flying over red rocks in Arizona. Myriam Martian’s voice here sounds like Mother Earth calling you back to come home. Honestly, this is their best work on this EP. This is what psychedelic rock is. It’s not just random weird noises, and everyone has a part that matters in making these sounds mesh so well together. And as per the band’s website, I found out that this song held the number one spot on Way Out Radio for a short period of time. Not surprising in the least, and this single here turns this EP from good, to amazing.
“Astral Projector,” picks up a bit where “Inside the Moon,” leaves off. It opens with spaghetti-western sounding guitar and then those sounds come in again to lift our spirits into another dimension unlike our own. This song has the very effect to put you to sleep, as it lifts the weight off of your shoulders. There is a steady and constant beat throughout and takes your mind off of the utter bedlam that surrounds us daily. My only gripe here is that it is repetitive, and while I still give this song a very positive review, I have a feeling that some people might end up skipping over it in favor of something that’s constantly changing. There isn’t much else to say about this track, except that it’s been the one most stuck in my head since I first listened to it. The hollow guitar sounds are just so peaceful, even now I’m falling asleep at my computer listening to it again. Great job, Eyeball…you’ve mastered hypnosis through sound.
We end here with the last song on this wonderful album, “The Red Minimum.” I have such a soft spot for heavy, sludgy sounding music, and this piece does a very good job at keeping my head moving side to side and back and forth. Trey McLamb does something with his drums on this track that remind me a lot of Bill Ward’s fills on his albums with Sabbath. Very simple beats that cut through everything and they sound so boomy. I love that sound for the drums with the heaviness of the guitars and bass. This is why I still do compare bands to other bands, because it does make you happy when you realise that the sound you love hasn’t gone away forever. Music right now isn’t all bad, you just have to find it. I’m glad this EP was sent to me for that reason. Would I have found these guys on my own? Probably not. But this is what makes me want to go and search for more, and I can’t wait to see them when they play a show near me.
You can find information about Eyeball on the band’s website, www.eyeball-band.com .
Here you’ll find the band’s bio, merch page, and information about their upcoming gigs. As of right now, they have a show coming up on June 9th, 2018 at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina, and shows extending into the beginning of August, all in North Carolina.