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."