A new Eyelids' track (from their upcoming EP) had its exclusive premiere on Brooklyn Vegan!!! Listen to "Bound To Let You Down" and read a bit more about the upcoming goodness.....Fire away by clicking HERE!!!!
Pre-order the limited edition Eyelids "EYELIDS" EP on 12" colored vinyl, free download card with 3 live video tracks, digital booklet
It's coming around the bend so we're taking pre-orders on Eyelids new EP "Eyelids"!!! Coming out June 23rd on Jealous Butcher/Schizophonic records this edition is limited to 500 copies on blue vinyl, with free download card that includes all songs from the EP as well as 3 live videos (including a version of "Hey Joe" with Stephen Malkmus joining in the slop), a digital booklet, bragging rights and instant karma. We're super excited to share the new record with you and hope you will want to put this on your wall, in the hamper or on your turntable...it's a beaut! Produced by Mr. Peter Buck of R.E.M. too...
Portland band Eyelids have a collective history creating music for some of the most legendary indie songwriters. Longtime friends and principle songwriters John Moen (Decemberists) and Chris Slusarenko (Guided by Voices, Boston Spaceships) channel their teenage Paisley Underground obsession and love of New Zealand / Flying Nun guitar buzz into a sound they describe as, “sweet melodies and bummer vibes.”
Immediately following sold-out pressings of three 7” and the 2014 full length 854, Eyelids will release a new self-titled EP on June 23 (Jealous Butcher/Schizophonic Records). Produced by Peter Buck, Eyelids will be available digitally and limited edition colored vinyl with a download card featuring three exclusive live videos (including Stephen Malkmus performing “Hey Joe” w/ Eyelids).
“John and I wrote a bunch of songs quite feverishly after our last tour and we wanted to get into the studio right away,” says Chris, joined by members Jonathan Drews (guitar), Jim Talstra (bass), Paulie Pulvirenti (drums) and guitarist John Moen.
The EP features two new songs, the hyperactively beautiful “Bound to Let You Down” and “Broken Continue”. The originals are paired with two songs the band has been performing live: “Only Time Will Tell”, originally from the John Cale album Sabotage recorded live in surgical gear at CBGB in 1979, and “Halloween”, from legendary paisley underground band Dream Syndicate’s Debut EP). “Halloween” takes a whole album side and comes with a crazy surprise at the end for listeners (and vinyl collectors). And Peter Buck also stepped in to create what became a four guitar attack.
“’Halloween’ was one of the most powerful "in the moment" experiences I’ve ever had,” adds guitarist Jonathan Drews, also in Robert Pollard’s Boston Spaceships. “It was also the moment when it became apparent that we were a solid fucking kick-ass rock band.”
"Working with Peter on the Eyelids songs is such a dream come true,” says Moen. “His guitar playing undoubtedly influenced me more than any other single guitarist. Through the years he always seemed to know where the best meeting point between 'unusual' and 'just-plain-catchy' was, and then play it incredibly well. He thinks a lot about music without over-analyzing it- things stay informed, yet fresh."
Hey everyone...be 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.
The premiere of "Forget About Tomorrow" from the LP "854" along with a lovely writeup courtesy of the fine headed folks over at The Onion/AV Club... or as they say "Watch it now, before the video itself starts gently crying." Watch it by clicking HERE! So much other exciting news coming up too! Stay peeled...
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,
We're going to be sending off 1986 and looking forward to 1987 with this mad show over at Bunk Bar on New Years Eve here in Portland, Oregon.... Got some lovely junk planned so we hope to see ya there!!! Get tickets HERE
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out to our Eyelids' shows, got our records, didn't return them, told us what you thought, wrote about it, shared it, enjoyed our cover version obsessions and made the year such a great one!
Eyelids already has recorded an upcoming 7", a new four song 12" EP (with Peter Buck of R.E.M. producing) and are starting work on their follow up to "854". Touring plans are in the planning stages as well... Also the Burger Records cassette of "854" is forthcoming too!
So to crash out of this year here's just a few straggling items that you may not have seen or heard yet...
Happy Holidays everyone!!!
UK'S Neon Filler #2 album of the year (Click HERE to read about it)
Interested in what how John takes care of Chris' hair? Then read the Ghettoblaster interview that is out now. (Click HERE)
10 most overlooked albums of 2014 from Pop Matters (but you knew better right?) (Click HERE)
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 www.facebook.com/musicofeyelids. Good luck!
--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