FIVE OF THE EYES ANNOUNCE - THE VENUS TRANSIT
For Fans of: The Mars Volta, Incubus, Circa Survive, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead
OFFICIAL RELEASE: 9.29.2017
A progressive rock band from Portland, Maine. The term “progressive rock” is used with reluctance in their case, though, as most of their music seems to defy genre. Imagine that the love child of Jeff Buckley, The Mars Volta, and Incubus started making music. Then, somewhere along the way, it had an affair with Queens of the Stone Age. The offspring of that relationship then started making its own music, and it was under the name Five of the Eyes.
In early 2017 they recorded their first full-length album, The Venus Transit, released on 9.29.2017. Produced and engineered by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo, the new album musically picks-up where the band left off with their self-produced sophomore EP Hierophantasm. However, with Wyman acting as both producer and engineer, the songs off The Venus Transit soar to stunning new heights, previously unachievable in the confines of the band's home studio. The flawless fidelity, matched by equally impressive performances by all five members, makes for a listening experience unlike anything that the band has produced to date.
Mastered by grammy award winning engineer Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Studios, the album is an impressive sonic journey that will appeal to music lovers of all types. To try and pigeonhole the band into one genre would be to do them a massive disservice, because while they tend to toe the prog-rock line, Five of the Eyes have dedicated themselves to creating a sound and aesthetic that is uniquely their own. Now with a stellar new album under their belt, a fall tour on the books, and a hunger to be heard, these five small-town boys are ready to take on the world one face-melting show at a time.
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Five of the Eyes first formed in early 2013 when Tim Meehan (guitar) moved to Portland and was looking to start a project with his brother, Thomas Meehan (bass). Friends Peter Griffith (drums) and Ned Rich (guitar) were quickly brought into the fold as they had been playing with Thomas for many years in a group called Chaos Sauce. Sessions with the quartet began immediately and it was obvious to everyone that something unique and truly exciting was happening. After a few months, songs were beginning to take shape, but one piece seemed to be missing…a vocalist. Thomas had someone in mind who might be the perfect fit, and sent over an early instrumental demo of the song “Isabella” to local Portland musician Darrell Foster. Darrell had performed with John Popper and collaborated with Thomas Waterhouse (Last Chance to Reason) and Mike Lessard (The Contortionist). His previous bands, Nira May, Mother Leopard, Foster & Ulitz, and Paper Tails, had opened for renowned acts such as Lake Street Dive and London Souls. Within hours of receiving “Isabella”, Darrell responded with a single vocal take. Once the band heard it, it was obvious: Darrell was in. Rehearsals began immediately and creative output quickly blossomed.
In the next couple of years, the band wrote, recorded, performed continuously, and released two EPs, FOTE and Hierophantasm, both of which were completely self-recorded and produced. In the summer of 2015, they embarked on a tour of the Eastern US and had the pleasure of opening for such acts as Red Sun Rising, Spirit Animal, Dubé, Rival Sons, Chon, The Contortionist, Auras, Intronaut, Moon Tooth, Paranoid Social Club, and Entheos.
In 2016, the group began writing songs for their first full-length album. They spent the winter of ’16 and ’17 rehearsing and refining the new material, which was the result of four years of a relentless pursuit of progression both as a songwriting and performing unit. Finally, in May of ’17, Five of the Eyes went to the best studio in Maine, The Halo. Together with producer Jonathon Wyman, they recorded and mixed The Venus Transit in twelve days. Wyman pushed the band to experiment sonically, to be decisive creatively, and to perform at a high level. The result exceeded the band’s expectations, and they were thrilled. The record was mastered by Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine, and a release date was set for September 2017. The Venus Transit sees the band finding their sound and pulling no punches along the way. It definitively establishes Five of the Eyes as a force to be reckoned with; both live and in the studio.
Oct 10th, 2017 - Shutter 16, The Venus Transit Review
Oct 5th, 2017 - Moshpit Nation Interview
Oct 4th, 2017 - New Noise Magazine, Track by Track The Venus Transit
Oct 3rd, 2017 - Music Existence The Venus Transit Review
Oct 2nd, 2017 - Heavyblogisheavy.com Editor's Picks 2017
Sept 29th, 2017 - LA Music Critic "Get It Or Forget It" The Venus Transit
Sept 28th, 2017 - ichooseyouKeeganchu The Venus Transit YouTube Review
Sept 27th, 2017 - El Gore - The Venus Transit Review
Sept 24th, 2017 - Greetings From Area Code 207 - WBLM In-Studio Interview
Sept 24th, 2017 - Riff Relevant - Track Listing Sneak Peak, The Venus Transit
Sept 20th, 2017 - New Music Inferno - In Studio Live Interview
Sept 20th, 2017 - Pure Grain Audio - Free MP3 download of "Wasteland"
Sept 19th, 2017 - Portland Phoenix - The Venus Transit Review
Sept 13th, 2017 - Pure Grain Audio - Premiere of "Wasteland" w/ video
Sept 5th, 2017 - Breathing The Core - "Mirrors" Review
Sept 4th, 2017 - DOPECAUSEWESAID - "Mirrors" Review
Aug 30th, 2017 - Metal Underground - Premiere of "Mirrors"
Aug 25th, 2017 - DOPECAUSEWESAID - The Venus Transit Review
Aug 22nd, 2017 - Mosphit Nation - The Venus Transit Review
Mar 2nd, 2016 - Portland Phoenix - HIEROPHANTASM EP Review
Mar 1st, 2016 - Culture Shock - HIEROPHANTASM EP Review
Feb 25th, 2015 - Portland Phoenix - Debut EP FOTE Review
Feb 17th, 2015 - Culture Shock - Debut EP FOTE Review