The Eyelet #3 FREQ

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Eyelet #3 so soon! The weeks are coming round so quick, its enough to make your head spin…

FREQ are Jack Robson-Bass/Voice, Jack Williams-Lead Guit/Ambience, Zach Southern-Drums and Gavan Jackson-Rhythm Guit/Backing Voice. They have a combined age of about 33 and with each new tune they post they get bigger and better. Have a listen and keep em peeled for their next live show…

Check the links below to delve a little deeper…

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Eye to Eye #5 THE DIRTY RIVERS

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Around for about two years now The DIRTY RIVERS are reaching that point that feels like the calm before the storm. The Liverpool five piece are, Mike Ellis-Voice, Jay Roberts-Guitar, Lloyd Shearer-Bass, Ryan Ellis-Guitar, Ben Robinson-Drums. Their sound has been described thus: ‘A little bit of Oasis, a little bit Kasabian and a lot of BRMC’…..

Every now and then a band comes along that has the ingredients we reckon these are they.

Mike kindly answered a few questions for us…

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?

Mike: The Verve, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine.

TLE: What’s the most ‘Rock and Roll’ situation the band have found themselves in?

Mike: I suppose if it’s a rock n roll moment, it would probably be when we were booked to play some terrible gig at Telford Uni for their leaving do or something. There was this rugby toff (stripy shirt and all) heckling us right at the front so I volleyed a full pint of lager in his face, he soon shut his trap. We were then advised to leave in case violence broke out, so we robbed all their ale and fucked off!

TLE: What’s been your favourite gig of the bands so far and why?

Mike: Our last London gig at the Queen of Hoxton, everything came together and we were just on fire. Liam Gallagher came down to see us but missed us but came back stage to meet us all, which was good of him.

TLE: How do you describe your sound?

Mike: Rock and Roll

TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?

Mike: Me, Ben and Jay were in one band Lloyd and Ryan were in another, we liked what each other were about, so we joined forces.

TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing together?

Mike: That’s a good question, when we first started we were happy with any songs that we wrote, they’d go in the set instantly because we weren’t great writers, we just knew how to make a noise and get a bit wild. Now we think about dynamics, really think about arrangements, we’re just getting better at what we do all the time. We just keep on taking it to the next level all the time.

TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?

Mike: What ever the symptom is, we cure it. If we need more tunes we write one. If we need to improve a part of a tune we spend time addressing it. What ever is necessary.

TLE: What’s the ultimate direction for the band?

Mike: We cant really say to be honest, we can’t control that. What we can control is how good we are live, how good our songs are, how hard we work. If we continue to excel in those departments then we’ll see.

TLE: How do you write your songs?

Mike: There’s loads of different combinations here, it can be a jam, I can come in with a full tune or a part and we’ll finish it off together, Lloyd can come in with a part or we can develop a chord progression Ryan has made or Jay can turn up with an idea. So there’s loads of different ways we can write songs, that’s what makes us a band.

TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you as people, or is it pure escapism?

Mike: Another good question, I think these are tough and dark times and maybe that reflects in the music and lyrics. This isn’t 1967 in Haight-Ashbury, its 2013 in Liverpool where its dark and horrible, where you get one day of actual sunshine a year. The only things I look forward to are rehearsal the next gig and who Everton are playing that week. It’s got a bit of a pissed off vibe going on, which is always a good thing. It feels like we have something we want to prove to people, its got more pain to it.

TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being in a band?

Mike: There’s nothing that’s really hard to be honest, we know what we’re doing, other bands might find things difficult I suppose, but we’re on the ball man.

TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?

Mike: Between the months of November and March, always were two pairs of socks. Always.

Delve deeper using the links below…

Facebook You can download the band’s debut single ‘Black Heart/Filth’ for free from their page.

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Soundcloud Their new single ‘The Kid’ is released June 17th

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Until Such Time – the ‘Eye

The Eyelet #2 MATADORS

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We’ve changed the Modus Operandi of The Eyelet and decided as well as posting people who get in touch, some weeks we’ll share with you some sounds that have been invading the ‘Eyes ears…… Also we were arguing to much on who should get the weekly spot so this way everyone’s happy!

So taking the Eyelets second week is a band from Manchester called Matadors. Now we stumbled across these on Soundcloud and loved what we heard. We reckon these would be cracking live if they can live up to their recordings… As soon as we find out some more about them we’ll update. Check out their Soundcloud below… Enjoy

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Eye to Eye #4 OXYGEN THIEVES

We are not here to ‘review’ or try to convince you how good a band are, we just want to present you with the band, a few words from them and point you in the direction of their songs, vids, gigs etc. Ultimately, the Liverpool Eye is about spreading the word, because if it catches our Eye we believe its worth a shout…

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Deltasonic’s Oxygen Thieves are, Al Fewtrell, Rob Fewtrell, Dan Tilling, Cal McMorran, who are from the Wirral. (We’re starting to wonder if Deltasonic have a lab where they produce their bands!? Either way there’s definitely something in the water over there..) Their influences include Nirvana, Pixies, Pink Floyd, Can, Radiohead and Television. Their music has been described as being filled with ‘intense, dark uncertainty’…

They play Liverpool Calling on 16th June at the Bombed Out Church with British Sea Power and head into the studio in a few weeks to record their next single.

Alex kindly answered some questions for us…

TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?
Alex: I’m currently listening to Suuns – Images du Futur…they’re playing the Kazimier in May and they’re just sick! Also listening to Savages’ debut online in anticipation for it to come out!
TLE: What’s the most ‘Rock and Roll’ situation the band have found themselves in?
Alex: The most rock n roll situation…I’d be lying if I said I liked questions like this. If you’re rock n roll you shouldn’t really think of situations as “rock ‘n’ roll”…but I don’t think I’m rock n roll so I don’t really know what I’m talking about…
TLE: What’s been your favourite gig of the bands so far and why?
Alex: I find with gigs you can have one where you really connect with a crowd and one where you might play really well but no one really understands what you’re getting at but it’s all good experience. The gig where we’ve gone down the best was probably the Kazimier gardens for Festevol. That one went well!
TLE: How do you describe your sound?
Alex: The sound is kind of half New York/Seattle (call it American) sound and half like we’re from the house we grew up in if that makes sense…musically its a bit of the Pixies/Nirvana and a bit Television and a bit Sabbath (unintentionally). I could go on but to be honest I don’t really know how to describe music! Its either good or bad. Doesn’t matter what it comes under.
TLE: How long have you known each other and how did you meet?
Alex: I’ve known my brother Rob since he was born in 1993. We started a band about 3 years ago and got Tilly (our drummer) to join as he was mates with a good mate. And then we acquired Cal a year later as the bassist through the same group of friends…
TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing together?
Alex: With our music we’ve found we’ve got three kind of era’s where we started off where we didn’t really know what sound we were going for (which is actually a good thing) which turned out to sound a bit like Television. It then went onto a kind of grungier sound and nowadays I’ve been writing more sort of melodic kind of stuff. Kind of sounds all happy and nice but its not. I like a good trick!
TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?
Alex: Rehearsals are to the point usually. If we write a new song you know if it’s going to be a winner because it will just click really quickly. We tend to make deals with each other where we’ll go through the set a few times and then we can have 20 minutes play time (pool table time)
TLE: What’s the ultimate direction for the band?
Alex: The ultimate direction is to be the best band in the world, not in a competition kind of “I’m better than you” attitude; but you should always be trying to better yourself!
TLE: How do you write your songs?
Alex: Songwriting is an interesting one. Songs come in all directions for me. I sometimes think of a vocal when I’m walking to the bus stop, I sometimes do the typical guitar thing where you play and jump/bump into a new idea. Rob also writes too and then sometimes we write together. Usually one of us has an idea and we sit down and work around it. We’re getting quite good at bouncing off each other these days. It used to be a bit of a competition because we’re brothers!
TLE: What do you think the music reflects about you as people, or is it pure escapism?
Alex: The music I write about is usually what I’m thinking about in my head. I think it’s a good thing to let go of real emotion so things that mean a lot to you. I actually found it hard to do that at first but now I’ll sing about anything. We also like joking about things in a kind of Kinks-esque way!
TLE: What’s the hardest aspect of being in a band?
Alex: The hardest aspect of being in a band is probably getting all your gear to gigs at the moment because we have to do it all ourselves and its just a pain in the arse. Apart from that it’s probably the disagreements when writing between me and my brother but we work around that…sometimes…
TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?
Alex: To always have fun!
Click on the Oxygen Thieves Links below to delve deeper…
You can download their debut single Maskara here
Until Such Time – the ‘Eye