Eyelids Or will be Live in-store at Rough Trade East on Saturday 4th March, to perform tracks from their latest album '854', out now on O Genesis Records.
1.00pm On-stage // 1.40pm Signing. Free Entry.
Portland, Oregon's EYELIDS OR really had existed long before the band even started. In various previous groupings the band members had the great pleasure of creating music for some of the most legendary indie songwriters ever. From Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) to Elliott Smith; from Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) to Stephen Malkmus (Pavement/Jicks). But just a few years ago these longtime friends started to channel their love of New Zealand guitar buzz (anything Flying Nun is their bible), their teenage l.a. paisley underground obsessions, haunts of early Athens, the shape shifting of John Cale and all things beautiful, lopsided and rock to carry further their own musical thoughts. (Although they have been known to throw on a Gun Club cover or two at their whim). Remember when your favorite songs could be both melancholy and bouyant--the same songs could make you feel justifiably sad or make you feel incredibly happily and empowered. That's what these guys are onto. Sweet melodies and bummer vibes.
In their short history EYELIDS OR have released a debut LP, a 12" EP and 6 different 7"s. They've toured with the legendary Charlatans UK (who released Eyelids' debut album "854" in the UK), an upcoming Record Store Day 7" includes Gary Jarman of the Cribs singing lead on both tracks and produced several music videos including one animated by Jack Cusamano (from the insane Adult Swim show Rick & Morty) and another which featured professional wrestlers singing their songs in earnest. The band does like to have a good time.
Currently finishing up their 2nd LP with producer Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and mixer Thom Monahan (Fruit Bats, Devanda Banhart) this upcoming tour with the Drive By Truckers will be their first trip overseas to perform songs from all their releases. And as you will soon find out Eyelids’ music is seriously catchy, haunting, and uniquely their own.