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- The Living Eyes by The Living Eyes
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 22 August 2013
Ooh, nice. I just had to review something I really didn’t like but that’s over now and I can listen to this LP by The Living Eyes. They’re antipodean kids playing a scrappy kind of garage rock with bold crunchy tones and shamelessly catchy tunes, part-Nuggets/Pebbles style proto-punk pop gems, part-Thamesmen, part-Ty Segall, part-Rolling Stones - their songs chug along with a laid back vitality propelled by melodies which are almost glammy in their catchiness but with a nonchalant slacker glint in their eye. You know what, I think these boys might have been smoking the dope. Don’t worry, I won’t tell their mums.
I think as the album progresses the best comparison here is with Ty Segall or Thee Oh Sees. Sometimes, like in penultimate track ‘Stuck In My Own World’, singer/guitarist Billy Gardner delivers the songs in a nasal bark which really reminds me of John Dwyer, and like with those bands the thing that sticks with you is that these are all good songs. Simple, melodic, psychedelic, casually delivered and dangerously catchy, with tasteful touches of backing vocals and organs to give the necessary lift when required. They bust out some tasty Skynyrd-meets-The Clean guitar soloing right at the end just to make sure you leave uplifted too. An unexpected hit of the week for me. Only 200 pressed so don’t sit around if you want one of these.
9/10 MKJ Customer review, 18th November 2013
You'll wear the grooves outta the Living Eyes LP, so you might wanna pick up two! Garage rock at its finest and most addicting and at an affordable imported price, With just the right amount of garage power chords, "Back From The Grave" style pointers and catchy songwriting.The band pulses together in such a way which makes it impossible not to head bang to yourself. They definitely have a heart for the 1960s and bring the immediacy and balls of that era into a modern context.
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