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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Eye Of The Dawn ~ Eye Of The Dawn (aka debut)




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Style: hard rock, jam, alt rock
Label: Nuyawk Songs Inc.
Year: 2009
Home: New York City

Members: John "Sully" Sullivan ~ lead guitars/vocals
Craig Gottlieb ~ bass
Marcello Pantano ~ drums



It's easy to search the world for a great band...almost too easy these days...but in doing so we forget to turn to our own backyard, which for me is Brooklyn since I live in Manhattan. I look at the schedule for Madison Square Garden for a famous band on tour, but ignore the local bands roughing in local grimy clubs...even though as a rock bassist I've played in some of these local clubs, even including some this particular band has played in & know the future Madison Square headliners are in these clubs. Often the best response to a gig has been a compliment from a a stranger in the crowd. Friends always tell you good things. Strangers are actually paying attention. I regularly tell myself I really should get to more local clubs & be one of those strangers in the crowd. Hearing a band like EOTD I'm reminded of this unfulfilled New Year's resolution. Every band has both strong & weak points. Even Led Zeppelin or the Beatles. But, I'll confess to having a bias to a band with good lyrics & give them a few bonus points. Anyone can learn to play guitar, but you can't learn how to write great lyrics, no matter how many books from Barnes & Nobles you buy that'll tell you differently for $19.95. Lyrics are also often what differentiates one band from sounding like another & good lyrics can do wonders for an okay band of okay musicians with okay arrangements. If you have a band struggling for good lyrics...your search is over - hire the songwriter behind this band. Fun lines like "I'm your vampire baby/ You only see me in the dark/I'm your vampire baby/Come drive a spike through my heart" from "Vampire" or "until the walls come down/we're going underground" from "Underground" immediately hit your ear with their creativity. The lyrics are topically creative, let alone visually interesting in a way I haven't heard since I last listened to Morrissey. Let alone that the lyrics are sung between two different singers - two singers are always good in a band - laid against a bed of shifting rhythms & melodies that constantly bring musical surprises. & the songs are full of breathing room that not just highlights the lyrics but also the different instruments. Breathing in music is often the first thing forgotten in an arrangement & the first to be missed. Just the other night I was thinking I needed to listen to some music that was not all fierce walls of sound. I needed something with more emotion & more influences in it's musical range than just metal. Eye Of The Dawn is a good solution to my audio numbness. Creativity at it's best.

CONCERT REVIEW: St. Mark's Place, New York, 2010. I got to see EOTD at a street festival on a stage barely big enough for the band. The microphone was broken & Sully's vocals were cracking and hard to hear, but on one hand it actually had a pretty cool effect that didn't have any detrimental effect on the group, even though lyrics play a big part of their CD. Though the audience was passerbys & entertaining street living drunks they put an entertaining show of straight ahead rock with plenty of solos & lots of energy. Tall & lanky Sully on an old guitar is a musician who looks like chugging along as a musician has been a priority for a long time but he's not old enough to be burnt out & still has fun even down to jumping up on the drumkit for the final song & not caring if his audience is a street corner or bar if everyone is having fun.



5 comments:

  1. I love this album & listen to it all the time! You mention how much you love the writing and I agree. The music and lyrics were actually composed by the lead singer/guitarist, John Sully Sullivan.

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  2. Thanks for the response! Yes, this was an find through a recommendation - ah, the value of recommendations!! I try not to do any research about the band or know anything about what has been said about them or their works when I write, so thanks for filling in the gaps on who the credit goes to. I try to just listen and write! I may meander in my words but if I'm meandering that means the music is doing something good to the head!

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  3. Love these guys. Glad you picked up on the arrangement and the visual flavor of the lyrics. Sully and the band are amazing artists.

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  4. I probably could have written more, but didn't want to overdose. haha. And, good guys to correspond with too! Looking forward to seeing them in concert someday!

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