Released by Daysleeper
On the heels of Exit Earth’s promising 2011 EP, Peck, Heavy Eyes boasts a dirty, lo-fi approach accented by shoegazey breakdowns and surging choruses. The UK indie rock trio’s angsty debut LP should appeal to fans of Bloc Party and Interpol. “Brandon” starts things off with a catchy, propulsive chorus and earnest lyricism from frontman Symrun Johal. The song is followed by layers of fuzz sitting atop ample percussion on “Dalston Grilz,” making for one of the album’s high-water marks.
For all its strengths, there are moments on Heavy Eyes when Johal still seems to be finding his way vocally. “Sisters,” for instance, is a throwaway retro punk track that attempts to get by on energy alone and mercifully ends after a minute of unintelligible wailing. As the Leamington Spa, England band formed only two years back, inevitable kinks must be worked out before they’re able to kick over buildings with their bare feet. They’re off to a good start with Heavy Eyes.