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- Split by The Frowning Clouds / The Living Eyes
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 December 2013
I’m struggling to type today, my fingers are either too fat or too slow to hit the keyboard at the right places so what is coming up on the screen has no resemblance to what I am actually thinking. If this were the 60s it would be even worse/ I’d be submitting copy after slapping away at a typewriter all day then probably getting thumped by Phil if it's not word perfect. The music in the background, however, would be very similar to what I’m listening to now.
This is a split of two Australian bands, both of which sound like they have been shunted forward in time, fully formed, from 1966. The Frowning Clouds have the melodic stylings of The Zombies when they were still in thrall of American R&B and hadn’t yet started their foiled attempts at re-working ‘Pet Sounds’ as their own psychedelic masterpiece. It's full of chiming guitars, heavy percussion and slightly distorted vocals. Searchers/Hollies/Animals that kind of thing.
On the flip, The Living Eyes have something about them that suggests they haven’t travelled in a time machine but their fuzzed-up sound is still achingly in love with late 60s beat pop. Both sides are brilliantly done and will appeal to fans of Tame Impala, Young Sinclairs and any band that heads a few decades back for inspiration.
10/10 Francisco Customer review, 17th February 2014
Two killer sides from Australian, Geelong, Garage Kings. "If You're Half I ll Make You A Whole" of The Frowning Clouds is a gentle jangling fuzz folk-rock, in a melancholic 60' ballad, while the song from The Living Eyes, "Natural Habit" is a 60´punk descent into hell! Both songs giving the listener a wholesome and varied experience in the garage rock, a different sides on a cosmic cracker, all in the name of satisfying the undying cravings of your ears! A killer vinyl edition.
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