‘Fear’ EP from Los Angeles’TOMBSTONES IN THEIR EYES, offering you an enticing mix of Spacemen 3, Kyuss, Elephant Stone, Pink Floyd, Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, and My Bloody Valentine.
Tombstones In Their Eyes
Send Me Your Head Records
4 August 2017
With this five-track release, the four-piece manage to embrace a wide range of influences, from the stoner rock of Kyuss to the warped neo- psychedelia of the likes of Spacemen 3 to the cavernous and doom-laden sounds of Electric Wizard and beyond.
Tombstones In Their Eyes’ current line-up is John Treanor (guitar, vocals, keyboards, songwriter), Josh Drew (guitar, backing vocals), Mike Mason (bass, guitar) and Stephen Striegel (drums). Their musical influences include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Elliott Smith and The Melvins.
Recorded at L.A.’s Kitten Robot Studio with Paul Roessler (Nina Hagen, The Deadbeats, The Screamers, 45 Grave), this EP follows up their huge sounding ‘Bad Clouds’ EP (2016) and debut album ‘Sleep Forever’ (2014). “Paul knows exactly where I’m coming from and intuitively knows how to make what I’m feeling come through the speakers,” says John Treanor.
The band began life as a demo swapping exercise between John Treanor in L.A. and his childhood friend James Cooper, now in New York, but soon coalesced into a full fledged band. But collectives are always more than what you see on the surface. In John’s case, writing and performing songs is also a way of dealing with severe anxiety and depression, a way of talking about the subject without being the centre of the conversation, and a way of being subliminal rather than direct.
While such a starting point could easily see the music devolve into melancholy and self-absorption, here Tombstones in Their Eyes instead manage to move beyond that place and create music laced with celestial grandeur and a fuzzed out psychedelic majesty that looks out into the universe just as much as it looks inward toward the soul.
This music is also designed to connect rather than be insular. As Treanor says, “Everybody goes through hard periods in their life, and I hope that these songs make them feel less alone.”
Tombstones create walls of sound, which are simultaneously sonorous and hazy. These are cavernous, stoner lullabies that descend into post-rock soundscapes and are wrapped in dark shoegazing dreamscapes.
The cover design, created by well known psychedelic artist Darren Grealish, brings just the right image to such a mercurial collection.
On Label Obscura, THE HEAVY BLINKERS ‘The Night And I Are Still So Young’ LP is one of the greatest albums ever released in Canada, ranking among top releases in Noisey’s Completely Biased Ranking of the 60 Best Canadian Indie Rock Songs of the 00s and Number 1 in View 902’s The Top 20 Albums by Nova Scotians.
The Heavy Blinkers
The Night And I Are Still So Young
1 August 2017
The Night and I Are Still So Young https://youtu.be/XEaz_Z7sZuA
Try Telling That To My Baby https://youtu.be/CwlX8oo539Uor https://vimeo.com/7506058
Mother Dear https://youtu.be/1OUT9ka3ILA
Filtered Light https://youtu.be/aTD2Jn0J8Kc
Silver Crown https://youtu.be/wORH1T1onNE
In The Morning https://youtu.be/7mF0iqt7WTc
Cover artwork created by Yorodeo
By 2004, the intricate and tightly constructed chamber pop of The Heavy Blinkers had become well known, winning them widespread acclaim, albeit without corresponding commercial success for their self-titled debut release in 2000 and the ‘Better Weather’ LP in 2002. The band reached a remarkable breakthrough with their fourth album ‘The Night and I Are Still So Young’ (2004), exhibiting a new maturity in this stunningly orchestrated pop masterpiece.
At the time that ‘The Night and I Are Still Young’ was recorded, The Heavy Blinkers were comprised of Andrew Watt, Greg Fry, Jason MacIsaac, Ruth Minnikin, and Trevor Forbes. MacIsaac is currently the only remaining original member of the band.
Two years in the making, this album consolidates the nocturnal orchestrations of the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev and grafts them onto material akin to 70’s era Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson or Randy Newman. This has led to the group gathering fans wide and afar, including Sondre Lerche, Van Dyke Parks and The High Llamas.