Interview: For Eyes
Published on October 30th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
North-western “weird-core” four-piece For Eyes have a new video out and much more to come, so Rocksucker fired them over some questions in order to find out a little bit more about their own particular operation. First, though, get a simultaneous earful and eyeload of “I Am Hell”…
What’s the line-up of the band? How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
The band is Dan Kenny (vox), Dan Bellerby (bass), Joe Barber (drums) and Jack McGurran (guitar).
Kenny and Jack met at Uni and bonded over a love of punk and indifference to rugby banter, wanted to start a band and were introduced to Bellerby through a mutual friend. Bellerby was friends with Joe from school and that’s that. We had our first show about 2.5 years ago, broke up a year after that and are now back playing together again.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
Hardcore rock’n’roll? Or something like that?
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
Half of us live in Liverpool and half in Stoke-on-Trent. We recorded our EP with Ben Standage (Got Mics) in a terraced house in Liverpool.
Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?
Nope. We’re open to offers.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
We’re gonna try and get a second EP out at the beginning of 2013 but that’s barely in the foetal stage yet. It’s so young you could still abort it if its Dad left you and you didn’t wanna use it to get a council flat.
Where can we hear your music online?
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
At our last show before going on hiatus in 2011, Hub Festival, the organisers threatened to take me to court for smashing my guitar and it hitting a child. That was pretty funny. Other than that, we’ve just had the opportunity to play with some great bands who we consider good friends now too: Falls, Sexwolf, Mount Fuji, Shapes, Black Years, Kyoto Drive and The JCQ to name just a few.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
We’re playing with DZ Deathrays, Mount Fuji and Sexwolf at the Actress and Bishop in Birmingham on November 6.
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
All the bands I’ve mentioned before. Also Bloody Mammals from London. Joe is also in another band called The Hiding Place who are great too.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Led Zeppelin, Every Time I Die, This Will Destroy You, Glassjaw and Jurassic 5. Ask me the same question next week and I’ll give you a completely different answer.
For Eyes, thank you.