Fusing together big heavy riffs with elements of EDM, hip-hop and punk sounds pretty bonkers, and it’s these eclectic combinations that have led Austin, Texas band Eye Said So to label their sound as “schizo-pop.”
The duo of Geremy Anderson (GA) and Ashley Harkirider (Sach) honed their sound in catchy pop melodies with metal and alternative rock influences underpinned by programmed drums and synths – just to keep things interesting.
Our first taste of this is the duo’s debut eponymous EP, which was released at the end of last month, from which the guys sent us final track Stock King to have a listen to.
The track – as we discuss in more detail below – was inspired by the death of one of the guys’ close friends and DJ in their former band, Stock aka DJ Centipede. It opens up with a light guitar riff with drums creeping in and leading into low vocals through the opening verse.
A big cry of “All of it with me” sees the pace pick up in a big shoutalong chorus. The plodding opening riff returns through a more upbeat verse with almost spoken vocals, then bursts into another lively chorus.
Synthy sounds come in during an instrumental break, then wild scratching sounds under heavier guitars as the track goes in a completely new direction. Then big darting guitar chords come in under repeating vocals, building up to a final blast of the chorus.
The song gives a hint of the band’s ability to mix things up, which comes across more on the EP’s second track State of Mind. It also opens up with a light guitar lick, then the light guest vocals of Taeryn Rayne are answered by GA. It suddenly picks up pace with heavier guitars and echoey call-and-answer vocals, gradually building in intensity.
Another chilled verse is answered by a heavy chorus, which gives way to big EDM stabs of synth and chugging guitar chords that continue under shouty vocals. Check it out below:
We had a chat with Geremy to find out more about this curious new band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Eye Said So?
GA: “We are a duo from Austin, TX. We grew up together in a small East Texas town and began playing music together as young teens. For me, after a 20-year life of career and kids, it all ended in a train wreck. Trying to find my way back up, I reconnected with Sach and we began writing and recording like we had done so many times in the past.”
GR: You just released Stock King. What should people be expecting from the song?
GA: “Stock King was inspired by the passing of our very close friend Jason Stockinger (Stock). Stock was the DJ (DJ CeNtIpEdE) for our band when we were young. The song is not directly about him, but more about his passing and how it brought emotions to the surface that made me want to absorb everything in life to the fullest because nothing is forever or should be taken for granted.
“The lyrics talk about how certain things happen in our life that signify a change in season or a change in how you see the world. Stocks passing was just that. It changed how I see so much around me. During the break in the song we used some old scratching tracks that Stock had laid down some time in the late 90’s. We remastered those tracks and brought them into this tribute song.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
GA: “Our sound is a fusion of a few different genres. From post-punk to hip hop to heavy, Its a blend that works real well together. We try to put a ton of dynamics in our songs. For instance, if we start slow and mellow, we typically build that to a wide open drop. We attempt to be original with our instrumentation as well. For instance, in Stock King, we started out with chords played and picked on a bass guitar. Gives a different atmosphere that helps support the mood of the song.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
GA: “Human emotion influences our writing. We are more about illustrating feelings and exploring ways to express those feelings. We strive to match the atmosphere of the instrumentation with the actual mood of the lyrics.
GR: Sounds cool! Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
GA: “Bands that have been most influential to us would be bands like Tool, Missio, Nirvana, Weezer, and Led Zeppelin.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?
GA: “As far as what’s on the horizon, we will begin playing live here in Austin by September to promote our debut EP that we released on July 19. Possibly releasing a new single by the end of the year as well.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
GA: “Lastly, our music has something for anyone with an ‘Alternative’ ear. We are striving to get it played in front of as many people as possible because we think the message of our music is in a language many people can understand and relate too. Thanks for the chance to speak with you guys!”