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Flying Eyes, The: The Flying Eyes

Although this is an eponymous debut from the Baltimore four-piece, who formed in 2007, the album is split, vinyl-style, into two halves compiled from their previous two titled Bad Blood and Winter respectively. Jim Morrison is the obvious hero for lead singer, Will Kelly, who must surely have done this in a Doors tribute band before to have mastered the inflections so well. Not only is the vocal hauntingly reminiscent, so is the sexual undertone of the song in "Lay with me". Some Nektar-influence appears in the guitar-work of the next song, "Better things", whilst vibrant Hammond and searing guitar chords evoke the late 60s acid-head era in "Bad Blood" which exits in a superb, fuzzed and reverb-heavy outro. Even earlier 60s influences are apparent in the organ and guitar riff which introduces "Don't point your God at me" while the last track from the first e.p., "She comes to it", is a solemn and moving lament for love lost.

The songs from the second e.p. are in the same vein, perhaps a tad more adventurous if anything, making the whole album consistent and seamless. "We are not alive" is a big-sound, steaming rocker but still with time to show its subtlety in a psychedelic, spacey interlude. "Red Sheets" is a slow-burning, smoky piece with fuzzed-out, grimy guitar and a neat, off-centred riff. "Around the Bend" continues this mellower, reflective theme with the Jim Morrison influence here at its peak. "Winter" opens with electronic effects, invaded by an increasingly heavy rhythm before the song develops a kind of gentle swing and Will's Jimbo impression returns evoking a drug-induced psychosis with another excellent outro. "King of Nowhere", a more tinkly, acoustic number, closes this first-rate collection with a hint of Meddle-era Pink Floyd to it.

If the Doors, Cream, Hendrix and late-60s retro in general is your thing, The Flying Eyes have it in spades.

Track Listing
1. Lay with me
2. Better things
3. Bad Blood
4. Don't point your God at me
5. She comes to it
6. We are not alive
7. Red sheets
8. Around the bend
9. Winter
10. King of Nowhere

Added: February 15th 2010
Reviewer: Richard Barnes
Related Link: Band MySpace
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Language: english

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Flying Eyes, The: The Flying Eyes
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-02-15 07:35:27
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It is strange days for sure when you find a band that is so deeply set in a bygone era of music they seem to be leading the soft parade past the Morrison Hotel. Yes, there is little doubt just who might be the band that most effected the members of the group The Flying Eyes and lead singer Will Kelly especially.

In what sounds like it could be the 8th studio release from the original Doors, these purveyors of psychedelic rock never manage to break on through to the other side and never really light my fire either. Although they have the style and sound of The Doors down pat, this is most definitely not an album of what could have been but more a chance for the aging hippy generation to roll another one with arthritic fingers or get lost in the music thanks to some chemical enhancement.

While copying the style of The Doors in itself might not be a bad thing, this album takes it just a bit too far and makes you really wonder as you listening to what may be something from a soundtrack to a "B" movie of that era.

Every song on the disc has been drawn from the same well and even though the entire disc is very listenable, they just don't provide any reason to pick this one up instead of going to the original source. The music tends to drone as they try way too hard to grab the most spacey ideas that Morrison and the boys concocted and expand on them. There is little here that even sounds remotely original. They might have been better off doing a cover disc and be done with it! This might be a novelty disc for a few moments but it wears thin quickly and will sit on your shelf until the desire hits to join the Woodstock generation once more. This is the end, my friend!

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