Eyeball are an experimental rock band from Raleigh in North Carolina. I previously reviewed one of their tracks as “experimental grungy rock with a little post-punk”. Delving deeper I found myself caught in a fever dream of noisy psychedelia, the good kind obviously.
Trey from the band was gracious enough to stop by and answer some questions.
1. Tell us about yourself and the music you make
We are EYEBALL, a psychedelic neo-space rock band from Raleigh, NC. Our music is a wide mix of rock, ambient, psych, and beyond, we try not to stick to one specific style or paint ourselves in a corner so that we are free to explore in any direction we wish.
2. What are you working on at the moment? Tell us about your latest project
We are writing music for our third live show, our live sets are composed of one continuous 45min piece taking the audience on a journey through sonic landscapes (and nightmares), we did about 25 shows with the first one, are out playing our second now and have about 10 shows left before we start playing the third one. Once we retire a set we don’t repeat any of that material again, or haven’t yet.
We just released a digital 7″ called “Spectromania” and have a documentary featurette coming out called “A Glimpse Within”.
3. What’s your process for making music (songwriting, gear etc)
We have pretty lengthy discussions about what type of ground we want to cover, what we already have, and where we wish to go next. We try to make sure each piece of music doesn’t sound anything like what we’ve already done. We never stick to one type of music and kind of make our set list sound more like a compilation, we’re not exactly one type of band and really enjoy seeing where we can explore next.
We are really into effects so we spend time tinkering to see what we can get out of our gear, if we did have to confess to being a certain style it would be “psychedelic” maybe because we love weird sound effects and delays and stuff, which does send us into that direction at times.
4. What or who inspires you musically?
We are inspired by things like David Lynch films, modern art and more than anything else each other. We each have such wide taste in music that we bring a lot of variety into the band, but there really isn’t any one thing that we can all say is our main influence. If I had to pick a common ground, we are all big BEATLES fans, but we sound nothing like them.
5. If you could be stuck in a lift with any musician dead or alive, who would it be and why?
That’s a hard one because sometimes meeting your idols never turns out the way you expect them to be and can ruin your idealized perception of how they are, other times not so much, but it happens. If they are too famous in my mind I’d just be star-struck and make a fool of myself, so I don’t really know the answer to that one.
6. What advice would you give to other DIY musicians, especially those just starting out?
I would say to just dive in no matter where you are in your career because you’re going to make mistakes that will be the biggest teachers of all, so just go for it and let all those present themselves as they come. You will always have to make adjustments and tweaks, but that is all part of growing.
The hustle never ends and expect obstacles, but the worst thing you can do is sit back with your feet up and expect things to come to you, the “build and they will come” doesn’t work, the competition is too vast, so never stop working to make your presence known.
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