Their Band(s) Have Been Your Life: Why You Need to Listen to Eyelids
Indie fans can learn a lot from their Jazz counterparts – and appreciate the players behind the player. In Jazz, session musicians are as heralded as the Main Act, and often they’ll step out of that Giant’s shadow, and into limelight of their own. A “normal” music fan will know who Coltrane, Davis, and Herbie are – but it’ll be a real Jazz Head that gets excited when hearing the names of a Ralph MacDonald or Eric Gale, true masters of their craft that never broke into the mainstream musical lexicon.
The same secret handshake type of giddiness Jazz fans feel when a session man goes solo should be felt five fold for the Eyelids upcoming 7″ on Off Records. Two members of Eyelids (John Moen & Chris Slusarenko) were recently the primary instrumentalists for Robert Pollard’s phenomenal Boston Spaceships project – and over the years Eyelids members have worked with a “Who’s Who?” in the Industry including (but not limited to) Stephen Malkmus, Elliott Smith, Damian Jurado, and Peter Buck.
The Portland Oregon veterans first single, “Seagulls Into Submission”, is a pure Grade A indie pop gem that’s a dash of Teenage Fanclub, a pinch of Big Star, and a couple heapings of Flying Nun – making for one hell of a tasty dish. Indie Heads need to learn from their Jazz breathren, and start getting excited when hearing that the Talstra’s, Drews, and Pulvirenti’s of the World have a new album coming out.
- Eyelids debut 7″, “Seagulls Into Submission”, via Off Records (limited to 500 copies)
- Eyelids Homepage
- Eyelids on Facebook
Recommended If You Like: Teenage Fanclub, Big Dipper, 70’s AM