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Black Eyes EP

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B000090273
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Atkins on October 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I saw these guys live when they played with Q and not U and they left me both blown away and perplexed. Their music is the kind of unique, experimental hardcore (if you can even label it as that) that belongs on a great label like Dischord. Their set was as engaging musically as it was visually. Seeing the somewhat spastic guitarist hack away at his axe creating ferocious yet brilliant waves of distortion. That is, of course when he was playing guitar. It seemed like all the members played at least three instruments and were continual switching out between (and during!) songs. Two drummers, saxaphone, something that looks like a 5 yr old musical toy, and occasionally a pot or pan on the snare. These are just a few of the instruments used to create the wonderful, unclassifiable sonic experience that is Black Eyes. The only downfall is with so many different elements in play and so much axperimentation going on, occasionally the experiments fail. HOWEVER, this is an excellent album and should be purchased by anybody who is a fan of dischord-style hardcore...scratch that. This album should be purchased by anyone who is a fan of things that are cool in a weird way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By junkmedia on June 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Black Eyes are an innovative act that imposes scatter-shot music onto organized patterns, creating a tumbling orgy of tribal-punk. There's a dark room hidden somewhere within the confines of the U.S. capitol filled with sweat and bodies writhing in tumultuous patterns to blissed-out rhythms. Dual bass lines curl around each other, filling the listener's every orifice. The vocals range from psychotic screams to rational low-end delivery. This might be what a Black Eyes rehearsal is like, or at least those are the images the act's full-length debut evokes.
The band, comprised of ex-members of Trooper, the No-Go's and the Rapture, supposedly plays in a symmetrical configuration onstage -- drummers on the flanks, bass players in front and back and a guitar player in the center. Their music focuses on Crash Worship-style cacophonous drum beats that throb along with throaty bass lines, making the songs feel like a slap on the back that is just a bit too hard. Sometimes evocative of Joy Division on PCP, sometimes of Arab on Radar on codeine, Ian MacKaye's production maintains the right balance of tin-can sounds with bullfrog disco stylings. Screeching guitars and sex vocals fill out the space on tracks like "Pack of Wolves" while dysfunctional disco drums chain a song like "Deformative" to the bedrock. "Speaking in Tongues" almost totally devolves into mush-mouth vocals and busy, busy instrumentation, culminating with a cowbell rising above the fray.
Black Eyes may be following a familiar trend in music by using the word 'black' in their name. But look at the bands they emulate -- Big Black, Black Flag and Black Sabbath, not to mention current trenders like Black Dice and Black Keys. That doesn't matter one scratch, though; the music they are creating is pulsing, pounding and original. And in a live setting, it should inspire the slack-jawed yokels to dance -- a valuable commodity in today's world of hipster apathy.
Jonah Flicker
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best new bands I've heard all year. The perfect combination of the Dischord style with a desire to be as experimental as possible. Listening to this, I am constantly reminded of bands like Fugazi, Q And Not U, Lightning Bolt, The Blood Brothers, Pavement (one singer sounds exactly like Bob Nastanovich), Polvo, Les Savy Fav, June Of 44, and countless others, but Black Eyes never attempt to just copy a preexisting style, they take these styles and so something completely new and original. Produced by Ian Mackaye, this one is a keeper. I haven't heard an album as experimental and creative as this since I heard Liars "They Threw Us..." in 2002.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I can honestly say that I have never heard a band this unique, and this chaotic in a LONG time!

The music is pretty unique in its own right; 2 bass players, 2 drummers, 1 guitar player (who only plays noise), and 5 singers. All of this gives it a sort of Free Jazz sound with a hint of Noise. And since there are 5 singers, well, only 2 main ones but everyone contributes at some point, they have their own unique sound. One of the main singers has a fairly normal voice, while the other has an impossibly high and screechy voice which perfectly compliments their sound.

The lyrics are pretty interesting too; take the song "Deformative" for example. It's basically about a young man getting molested by a "man of the robe." Hmmm, so this band has a great sound, interesting vocals, AND inventive lyrics? AMAZING!

It's a shame they broke up after their second (and equally amazing) release.
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By Jason Baron on April 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This disc is a little tough at first, but worth it. The vocals are very raw, but they definitely grew on me. The lyrics are interesting and the music is inventive. I like the bass grooves a lot and the drumming is very cool. I saw these guys in Philly w/ Q and Not U and they put on a hell of a show. My only complaint is that I feel they could do more w/ the drums/percussion parts, since they all play drums and have 2 drummers playing simultaneously at their shows. Worth getting if you're into the Dischord sound.
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I got into this band in high school, though I never got to see them live before they broke up. A lot has changed in the last decade, including my music taste, but I still think this is a truly great album. I just bought another copy today because I sold my copy years ago and had ripped a really crappy mp3 version of it. I'm happy to listen to the cd again!
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