EYELIDS OR REVIEWS:
SEATTLE STRANGER SAYS (BY SEAN NELSON):
The more time I spend with Eyelids’ second album, Or, the more certain I am that there’s no such thing as the passage of time. The members of this Portland band (who have played in, among others, Sprinkler, Elliott Smith, the Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks) generate intelligent, emotional, muscular, nuanced guitar pop that would’ve been just as vital, and just as off-center, in 1977, 1987, 1997, or 2007, but works even better in 2017. There may be better rock bands playing in the region now, but don’t blame yourself if you can’t think of one after seeing Eyelids.
MOJO Magazine gives "or" 4 stars saying "where the hits keep coming."
One of the best articles about Eyelids to date Vortex Magazine "Pretty Music Played Loud": Click
GHETTO BLASTER MAGAZINE interview with John Moen & Chris Slusarenko: Click HERE
PITCHFORK spills the beans and shares new EYELIDS video "Falling Eyes":
Click HERE to read and watch
TIDAL shares "The Ultimate Supergroup" playlist and band interview
UK's NEON FILLER gives "or" 10 out of 10: Click HERE
KEXP says "it’s no wonder that the group is making some of the dreamiest indie rock in the region": Click HERE to listen and read.
FREEFORM PORTLAND says "At the heart of “or” is the not so subtle fact that Eyelids is a songwriting band": Click HERE
GLIDE MAGAZINE says "Eyelids makes a triumphant statement with 'or'":
WILLAMETTE WEEK says "Eyelids hones its melodic melancholy of album No. 2":
REVIEWS OF OUR UK/EURO TOUR WITH DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS:
GLASGOW: Click HERE
BRIGHTON: Click HERE
ANTWERP: Click HERE
NEON FILLER interview and preview of our UK/Euro tour Spring 2017. Lots to ponder and chew on here about new LP, the genesis and general strut : To read "Introducing... Eyelids, Or" CLICK HERE
OVERBLOWN interview about Buck, videos, and general swagger: To read Eyelids, OR "I like going for big ideas with no budget" CLICK HERE
Brooklyn Vegan photos and review of our NYC show at Webster Hall w/ The Charlatans. Lookie HERE
Amazing photos from our NYC show from the mighty Impose magazine. Click HERE
Q Magazine gives "Seagulls Into Submission" song of the day love! Listen, read and watch the video by clicking HERE
Willamette Week votes Eyelids one of the best bands in Portland... Read about it by clicking HERE...
Brooklyn Vegan premieres a new track from the upcoming Eyelids EP... listen to "Bound To Let You Down" by clicking HERE!!!
The AV Club/The Onion premieres Eyelids new video "Forget About Tomorrow"... they say try not to weep! See it HERE....
--NPR says we loudly exceed expectations and that "Psych #1" gets stuck in your head and continues to spin long after the tune is over! Read about it HERE....
--Eyelids "854" coming in at #2 on UK's Neon Filler Top 20 of 2014... Great company--check it HERE.
--Honored to be in the listing of Universal Horse's Top albums of 2014... Swans, Beck, Aphen Twins, Eyelids... Sure!!! Click HERE to see the full listing!!!
--Thank you Richie Dagger (of Poison Idea) and Steve Wynn (of Dream Syndicate) for joining with Eyelids on our cover of The Gun Club's "Sex Beat". We made Paste Magazine's best cover songs of 2014 list--along with Aretha Franklin, Brian Ferry, Low... Click HERE to watch the live video of the song...
--Eyelids "854" in the top 11 albums and single of the year over at Color Is Its Own Reward....! Click HERE to see what's what!
--Ghettoblaster Magazine interview Chris and John with wide ranging topics from who does whose hair and what about those songs... Click HERE to break it all down...
--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
--UK's Neon Filler says "854" is an early contender for album of the year. Read why they said that HERE.
--Magnet Magazine streams the song "Forget About Tomorrow" and says "The song is short and sweet, and in accordance with their previous work, it’s also beautifully and expertly composed." Click HERE to listen to it.
--The Fire Note says Eyelids have "produced a record that is not only timeless but a lot of fun to spin again and again." Click HERE to read the review.
--Practicing our head tilts for Japan's INDIENATIVE.
Click HERE to read about it.
--Pop Matters had the exclusive to our Psych #1 video... Check out the drips & trips HERE!
--Austin Town Hall says that opening track "Seagulls Into Submission" made their day.
Click HERE to hear it.
--The Color Of Its Own Reward's review of "854" exclaims "Who knew that we needed a psych-pop masterpiece in 2014! Apparently Chris Slusarenko, John Moen and their compadres did, because Eyelids’ debut “854” treads the boards of sunny melancholia better than anything in recent memory...."
Click HERE to read it.
--UK's Neon Filler loving some "Psych #1"
Click HERE to hear it.
--GHETTO BLASTER magazine spills the beans about our upcoming cassette with BURGER RECORDS.
Click HERE to read about it.
--Fantastic review of "854" from the folks at IN YOUR SPEAKERS:
"The complexity of evoking opposite emotions within one song is an astonishing feat. Songs can mean different things to different people. It’s all a matter of interpretation, taste, and frame of mind. To construct a song, much less a record, which can co-exist as two personalities sharing the same identity, is awe inspiring. 854 consistently has the light and the dark and the ups and downs parallel to each other. Eyelids are for equal opportunity emotions."
Click HERE to read full review.
--Portland Mercury preview of "Psych #1" from Eyelids' Debut LP "854":
"Eyelids have a new song off their upcoming full-length album, 854, and while the title of "Psych #1" might seem generic, the music contained within is anything but. With cascades of acoustic guitars nestled against heaps of power-pop guitar, it's a concise slice of psychedelia of both vintage and paisley varietals. 854 is due out on the illustrious Jealous Butcher imprint on October 14, and Eyelids plays a FREE show this Saturday, September 27 at the Secret Society Ballroom; they're joined by Wild Bells and Paradise, and they're encouraging folks to come on down after Project Pabst. Eyelids have a few West Coast dates planned after that, and will return to Portland to play a record-release show on Thursday, October 30, also at the Secret Society, with the Minders and Denim Wedding. Plus they're recording a new EP in November with Peter Buck. In other words, Eyelids are busier than you."
Click HERE to listen
--Portland Mercury says the following about our performance for PDX POP FEST:
SUN JULY 20
Eyelids (2:45 pm): It's not surprising that Eyelids sound like a sublime synthesis of Guided by Voices, Elliott Smith, and Stephen Malkmus, considering the group's members have played with all those artists. They're possibly one of the only bands whose music lives up to the "supergroup" designation.
--Vortex Magazine interview: "Keeping an eye on Eyelids"--we talk about our "fun necessity"...
Click HERE to read the interview!
--Mojo Magazine puts our single "Seagulls Into Submission" on their MOJO LIST Page with some pretty heavy company!
--The mighty Pop Matters says Seagulls Into Submission "deliver the kind of expansive yet frenetic melodies the Clean would deliver, but beefed up with some Spector-sized layering." Sold!
Click here: Pop Matters
---We got their number over at The Fire Note--they love the new single and then some!
Click here: The Fire Note
---Nice shout of enthusiasm about Seagulls Into Submission along with a live cut when we played a daytime show (fun but lunch anyone?)
Click here: Did Not Chart
---Chris Slusarenko talks about his past and present and working with Robert Pollard, his influences and why John Moen is his go-to guy.
Click here: Color Is Its Own Reward
---Eyelids talk Boston Spaceships, starting their new band & their completely mangled family tree in the Portland Mercury
---Read about our the debut 7", our genesis and us becoming musical Benjamin Buttons! via Willamette Week
---WIllamette Week extra: Our Top Five Most Underrated Albums We've Played On! CLICK HERE TO READ
---LOOLF says Eyelids is like a Portland Oregon version of the Wrecking Crew...
---FIRE NOTE gives a first taste of Eyelids
---They've got our number: Jazz references...Big Star/Dipper talk....N. Zealand rawk... A nice one!!! read below:
---Both Portland weekly magazines featured our video for "Seagulls Into Submission"! Pick (Click) your king!
---Eyelids got a nice review in the Portland Mercury as one of the best musical moments of 2013!
Seeing Eyelids at the Doug Fir during MusicFestNW. This is the unsung supergroup of Portland if there ever was one. John Moen, Chris Slusarenko, Jonathan Drews, Jim Talstram, and Paulie Pulverenti really have some songs up their sleeves. I am a sucker for this stuff and they pull off the pure power pop with aplomb.
Runners up: Savages at the Wonder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Edgefield, the National at Edgefield in the rain, and Pearl Jam at Moda Center. Damn!
9/10/13: THE PORTLAND MERCURY RECAPS MFNW WITH SOME NICE PHOTOS OF US AND SOME FANCY, FAMOUS BANDS TOO...NICE COMPANY!!!
9/2/13: Nice blushing preview of our MusicFestNW set coming up via Willamette Week:
[INDIE ROCK] Though they’ve only played a handful of shows, the main members of Eyelids—Jonathan Drews (Sunset Valley), Chris Slusarenko (Guided by Voices) and John Moen (the Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus)—are well used to the stares of the adoring faithful through their key roles in legendary acts. The illustrious sidemen bring the same instrumental facility and formidable connoisseurship to this guitar-pop master class. (JH)
Doug Fir Lounge, 8 pm.
Here is a list of some of accomplishments previous to EYELIDS:
Regarding BOSTON SPACESHIPS: ROBERT POLLARD, CHRIS SLUSARENKO, JOHN MOEN
More credit must be given to drummer John Moen and particularly guitarist/bassist Chris Slusarenko, who helped buoy Brown Submarine and keep Planets Are Blasted moving ever-skyward. Moen's just got more to play with here than he did on the fairly straightforward Submarine songs, and his burly tromping keep the big moments pumping through your chest long after they're over. But it's Slusarenko who's really got Pollard's number, filling in the blanks in the tunes with punchy bass work and note-perfect guitar stabs. Instrumentally, Pollard's solo work all too often zigs when it seems stupid not to zag. But Slursarenko seems to have a clear sense of how best to serve the songs, and when to get the hell out of the way.
The Planets Are Blasted, Our Cubehouse Still Rocks, and especially Let It Beard deserve to be heard in full, but for casual observers wondering what Robert Pollard was doing before re-forming Guided by Voices, Out of the Universe by Sundown confirmed that he could still write great songs and deliver the rock action when he had the right guys helping him out. So maybe Robert Pollard didn't need a different work ethic -- he just needed a good band in his corner, and Boston Spaceships is helping to reestablish him as one of the most satisfying talents in indie rock.
Regarding STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS:
Allmusic: This is likely what Malkmus was seeking in a band, since the essential tone, tenor, and aesthetic of his music hasn't changed since he disbanded Pavement. What has changed is the feel. No longer is it sprawling, messy, and unpredictable; it's relaxed, meandering, and comfortable.
Regarding THE DECEMBERISTS: