Eyes and Ears
Howl at the Moon/Slave Wage 7”
Eyes and Ears = The Pixies + The Wipers + Miss Derringer
This two-song EP is the twentieth release by local SLC label 8ctopus Records, and the first one to be put out on seven-inch vinyl. As with other discs released by label owner Eli Morrison (Vile Blue Shades, the Wolfs, Pink Lightnin’, etc.), there is a certain amount of built-in rarity with this one—it is limited to 250 copies. Where moving 250 copies of a lousy single could be problematic, I cannot imagine this one sticking around for too long. It is just too good. The Denver-based band Eyes and Ears deliver two refreshingly hard rock songs, with a solid dose of male/female call-and-response vocals and a serious, dark catchiness to it. The female vocal and hard sound may remind some of an early, horn-free No Doubt, but that isn’t really accurate. Sure, it is pop music, but it’s harder, more guitar-driven and much more akin to the style of hard chick rock put out in the early 2000s by Sympathy for the Record Industry.