It’s been six years since Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores
have released a new album after the release of their 2012 release with Sister Death. I was introduced to their
music thanks to Prog Rock Deep Cuts with
Ian Beabout in 2014 which was after I had graduated from Houston Community
It was back I believe in October of that year when I first heard them on Ian’s
show. And I was immediately hooked right from the get go as he played tracks
from the album. It felt like something that was straight out of the stories
between Richard Corben and Alejandro Jodorowsky from the adult illustrated
fantasy magazine, Heavy Metal.
Since their formation 20 years ago in their hometown state
of Providence, Rhode Island, Redfearn’s music challenges you by walking inside
his own version of the Rubik’s cube that can be quite the task. It is
compelling, minimal, avant-rock, gypsy music, folk, psychedelic, post-rock, and some elements of the
Krautrock genre rolled into one.
This year, Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores has released
their new studio album via Cuneiform Records entitled, The Opposite. Recorded and mixed by Seth Manchester at Machines
with Magnets in Pawtucket and Mastered by Udi Koomran at The Pergola in Tel
Aviv, Israel, The Opposite is
inspired by Redfearn’s readings from the esoteric by a periodic theme whether it’s
a shadow, or something that balances, haunt, or reflects it proprietor.
Everything from Crowley, Kabbalah, Gnostics, and George
Costanza. It’s also named after from the fifth season episode of Seinfeld. Now their eight studio album
is a daring yet terrifying and chugging releases that I’ve encountered from
start to finish. And it’s a welcoming hand-shaken return from this incredible
band that will give you some of the centerpieces and the shivers for The
From the moment I listened to their opening track, Soft Motors, it begins with a ringing
bell before Alec and McLaren drive into this revving motorcycle into the lost
and dangerous night of the Mojave Desert. Kind of a cross between the fuzztone
drives and wah-wah pedals to make his accordion going into some uncharted
waters with some snarling like essences of early Hawkwind and CAN’s Tago Mago-era, but with a crunch to make
it for lift-off between space and the infinite worlds that is ready for the
doors to be opened.
Alec lays down some pummeling drives along with Ann Schattle’s
horn to go into those darker clanking-clicking sections from the woods on Tramadoliday. It goes towards some
stop-and-go moments before this blaring alarm goes off in the middle of nowhere
and you can hear the horn, contrabass, and this snarling fuzzy keyboard heading
towards some nightmarish yet territorial atmosphere.
The title-track continues more of the pulsive accordion work as Sadlers drives up to the ladder for some distinctive walks of different locations.
McLaren sets up more of those effects he does on the drums for a dooming
scenario to make sure showing the person’s good or evil side and perhaps
bringing out their skeletons in the closet.
With Carnivore and
Pteradactyl, you can imagine an Egyptian
belly dancer getting into the groove of these two compositions as the heat
level increases more and more thanks to the rhythm that Redfearn does to take
you through those secret closed doors that is behind the Tarot Cards. Listening
to Bat Living in my Room, I can hear some of this cat-and-mouse chase with some frantic nightmares that tackle the subjects between paranoia
I can imagine this song being used as an alternate score to
Robert Clampett’s 1942 animated classic, Falling
Hare starring Bugs Bunny. The temperature level goes up and you can imagine
Bugs losing his cool by trying to catch the gremlin inside the bomber. The
drums, bass, and accordion go into this Twilight
Zone-sque yet insane nightmare that might keep you going near the end as
Alec creates this tension-like scenario throughout the end as Bugs begins to
panic near the end of the short.
I have now listened to The
Opposite at least 5 to 10 times. And let me just say that this here is
an incredible release from Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores. The Opposite has this creative intensity
that can make your skin crawl even more. Mysterious, scary, and hypnotic, The Opposite is an album that will make
you search for more clues and pieces of the puzzle to find out what will happen