Record Store Day Split 7" with The Phoenix Foundation

Hey sure to head to your local record store on Sat. April 18th to grab a copy of this limited edition silk-screened 7" with our amazing pals from New Zealand, The Phoenix Foundation.   Only 523 copies...  Read below about how this crazy thing came to be and we hope you love it...

And if you're in the Portland area, Chris Slusarenko from Eyelids (aka DJ Couches) will be playing vinyl at Jackpot Records on Hawthorne Ave. on Record Store Day from 2-4pm...  Come by!!!

The Phoenix Foundation / Eyelids

Record Store Day split 7” 2015

Limited Edition hand silk screened cover (edition of 500)

Produced by Peter Buck of R.E.M. & TPF/Brett Stanton

Portland, Oregon and Wellington, New Zealand—unsurprising “sister” cities even despite those 7,125 miles that separates them.  Both are small “big” cities with a bustling music scene.  This hand-silkscreened limited edition 7” is the product of two bands from these cities—The Phoenix Foundation and Eyelids—and their mutual appreciation for music that is slightly melted in the center and currently running down the sides of your turntable.

Eyelids guitarist Jonathan Drews: “About 10 years ago, I stumbled across a random video of a band from Wellington called The Phoenix Foundation.  As to be expected from a New Zealand based musical group, these guys were good.  Really good.  They quickly became a favorite of ours.  It only made sense, then, that we should establish some sort of connection with our distant neighbors.”

The two bands became fast friends and the notion was suggested to do some spirited covers from two of their all time favorite bands (The victims: Australia’s best kept secret The Moles and the legendary German band Can).  Peter Buck from R.E.M. produced Eyelids side of the 7” (and even played some acoustic guitar on it), while The Phoenix Foundation recorded with Brett Stanton at the band’s home base,The Car Club.

Samuel Flynn Scott of The Phoenix Foundation: I think they’re quite enchanted by New Zealand’s musical history and from where we are in the world Portland seems like this magical wonderland where all our favourite US bands end up moving to. Covering Can almost seems like this obviously hip move but they are so great and that song is just infectious.”

“It’s definitely surreal to be hooking up with people who’ve played with Stephen Malkmus, Jason Lytle, Robert Pollard, The Decemberists and so on, and now Peter Buck is working on their next record and they want us to put out a 7” with them, I love that. New Zealand can be quite isolating so this is like some weird magic. And the Eyelids cover of The Moles is just great. Ha, I guess I sound pretty stoked.”

So there you are: Two bands, two sides, two covers, two corners of the world.  When they will get to shake hands remains to be seen but the proof is already in the pudding.  There is already a joy to this 7” that sounds as if they have been having drinks and laughs together for years.   

Happy New Year EVERYONE!!!

Thanks to everyone who made 2014 so fantastic... We had amazing shows with Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, Lee Ranaldo, The Minders... made new friends with Summer Cannibals, Bed., Wimps, Cocktails, White Dove, The Phoenix Foundation, Verner Pantons, Denim Wedding, Woolen Men... Made messes of live covers with Stephen Malkmus, Steve Wynn, Jerry A and Peter Buck... Released two 7"s that just went out of print, loved working with Jealous Butcher in the U.S. and Moorworks in Japan on our first LP "854", did a West Coast Tour... Almost forgot about putting on that benefit at La Carreta for Sisters of the Road with Hutch from the Thermals and the Pynnacles...Was that really less than a year ago? And now 2015 is looking mighty too...a couple of exciting releases coming up, plenty of shows, some touring, probably some new friends too... that only seems right, right? And again thank you for coming to the shows, writing nice things, being supportive and all that jazz... Love,



EYELIDS CONTEST: Can you name all the bands that make up our Heroes page? First person to get it done will get an autographed vinyl copy of 854 sent to their door. If no one can get them all we'll go for who comes the closest... and then go out and buy all these bands records too...!!!  Just go to the Heroes page on the Eyelids site and start your guessing.   You can address the answers to our Facebook page at   Good luck!

Our heroes and smattered press

--RAIN PARADE, EYELIDS, DAYDREAM MACHINE: Friday Nov. 14th Mississippi Studios  This will be legendary as one of Eyelids' all time favorite bands make and insanely rare appearance.  We're lucky to be involved...  (click on our wall of heroes to the left if you don't believe us!)

And here is a chunk of newer press about Eyelids and 854 including a radio interview we did with XRAY.FM.  

--Chris and John joined XRAY.FM host Theo Craig to play some of their favorite records and discuss the matters of Eyelids.  You can hear this by clicking HERE

--Eyelids are featured on Burger Records BURGERTV!!!  Click HERE to melt them eyes off...

--Willamette Week says "Resplendent moments abound" on Eyelids' debut album.  Read the review by clicking HERE

--Portland Mercury says "854" is "packed with short, nuggety bursts of greatness."  To read the preview of the record release show click HERE