Genres: alternative rock, rock, indie rock
Mar 10 - 16 2003
Eye View are a local band from Belfast who play their own sort of
emotional alternative rock. Their music is heavily melodic, with
your standard fourpiece guitar/bass/drums/vocals line-up.
Although the songs are often whiny, and the sound quality is
definitely lacking, there's a certain charm that BEV possesses.
Firstly, it must be said, "Healthy" is a throwaway
track. With painfully whiny vocals and a chorus based around the
lyrics "You seem so/You seem so young/When you suck my/You suck my
thumb," it's not the type of track that you can listen to more
The other tracks, however, fare better. "What We Lost In
The Process" is a fast-paced indie rock track with a zippy
bassline and a cool chorus that calls to mind a less noisy Archers
of Loaf. "Poser" is a pleasant little number that
revels in tastefully emotional vocals and even some well-placed violin
accompaniment. The times when the voices come together for some
nice vocal harmonies are really pleasant.
The title track, "Perfume," has two versions on this EP,
the regular version and the "radio edit." Needless to
say, the original is far superior. "Perfume" is a nice
tune that boasts a neat harmonic chorus. The vocals
border on whininess, but this problem isn't severe enough to earn them
the "emo filth" tag.
Altogether, this is an okay EP that will hopefully act as a
stepping stone for the band, who have yet to record a debut
album. There is certainly lots of promise in the simple, catchy
songs here, but BEV have a considerable amount of work to do
before they tackle a full-length release.
Fun Fact: BEV have apparently
played 55 gigs to date with a whole number of local bands.
That's quite a bit, seeing as they've only been around for a few
years. Just thought you should know.
5 songs, distributed by the
band, released 2002]