13 August 2019
Fusing together big heavy riffs with elements of EDM, hip-hop and punk sounds pretty bonkers, and it’s these eclectic combinations that have led Austin, Texas band Eye Said So to label their sound as “schizo-pop.”
The duo of Geremy Anderson (GA) and Ashley Harkirider (Sach) honed their sound in catchy pop melodies with metal and alternative rock influences underpinned by programmed drums and synths – just to keep things interesting.
Our first taste of this is the duo’s debut eponymous EP, which was released at the end of last month, from which the guys sent us final track Stock King to have a listen to.
The track – as we discuss in more detail below – was inspired by the death of one of the guys’ close friends and DJ in their former band, Stock aka DJ Centipede. It opens up with a light guitar riff with drums creeping in and leading into low vocals through the opening verse.
A big cry of “All of it with me” sees the pace pick up in a big shoutalong chorus. The plodding opening riff returns through a more upbeat verse with almost spoken vocals, then bursts into another lively chorus.
Synthy sounds come in during an instrumental break, then wild scratching sounds under heavier guitars as the track goes in a completely new direction. Then big darting guitar chords come in under repeating vocals, building up to a final blast of the chorus.
The song gives a hint of the band’s ability to mix things up, which comes across more on the EP’s second track State of Mind. It also opens up with a light guitar lick, then the light guest vocals of Taeryn Rayne are answered by GA. It suddenly picks up pace with heavier guitars and echoey call-and-answer vocals, gradually building in intensity.
Another chilled verse is answered by a heavy chorus, which gives way to big EDM stabs of synth and chugging guitar chords that continue under shouty vocals. Check it out
Texas-Based ‘Schizo Pop’ artist Eye Said So wreak aural havoc with latest single “State of Mind” ft. Taeryn Rayne
25 July 2019
Nominated as Austin’s Emerging Artist by The Deli Magazine
The Deli Magazine in NY announced today that Eye Said So of Austin, TX has been nominated as one of the five finalists for "Austin’s Emerging Artist" for the month of May. The Deli website gets over 70k unique visitors per month making The Deli one of the top 15 Indie Music Blogs in the US. Eye Said So will be represented on The Deli’s Austin homepage where fans can vote for one of the five finalist to be a featured artist for the magazine.
"State of Mind" by Eye Said So (Feat. Taeryn Rayne)
Next up, we have our first listen to the self-titled EP by Austin, Texas based band I said so. They call their music (which combines multiple influences) schizo-pop. I am digging this so far. This track features Taeryn Rayne - who is a visual/digital artist (associated with The Las Vegas Arts District), as well as being a vocal artist and songwriter. Rayne is also currently based in Austin.
Eye Said So
Number 9 Records, 2019
A self-described ‘schizo rock’ outfit from Austin, this first EP from Eye Said So brings uncontainable energy to a listen where many different ideas from the rock spectrum unfold with much creativity.
“Ipso Facto” gets the album started with a driving rock tune that’s both crunchy and spacey, and “State Of Mind”, with Taeryn Rayne, brings the pace down to a mysterious setting that builds into a buzzing atmosphere.
At the halfway point, “Shove” brings us a firm beat in a hazy environment that bursts into industrial like energy, while “Chrome” puts a fun spin on fuzzed out alt-rock.
The EP ends on the throbbing bass work of the charged “Wall”, and “Stock King”, with DJ Centipede, exits with restrained melodies in a finish that pushes and pulls with busy moments of exploration.
Although they’re just a duo, Eye Said So make full, loud and atypical sounds that all fans of anything related to alt-rock will find much enjoyment in. A fine debut indeed, this is a band to keep an eye on.
Travels well with: Queens Of The Stone Age- Songs For The Deaf; Twenty One Pilots- Vessel
From the sprawling Austin, TX music scene, Eye Said So is a two-man band clearly worthy of being referred to as “schizo rock”. While their sound is rooted in pop music’s catchy melodies and chord progressions, it also heavily incorporates elements of hip-hop, punk, alternative rock, blues, EDM, industrial, and even metal. Live and programmed drums mix with guitars, bass and synths in a complicated dance that comes together so seamlessly and effortlessly for this genre-twisting sound machine. Imagine Twenty One Pilots “kitchen sink” approach to song writing with a heavy dose of guitars and some Texas sensibilities. The poetic stylings of lyricist, lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist G.A. (former Engine No. 9) are perfectly complimented by partner Sach (former Engine No. 9; The Smoke Jumpers), who brings his recording experience along with his own multi-instrument and vocal talents together into a twisted yin and yang relationship that produces catchy, “hum-along to” songs about life’s dramatic ups and downs that are packed with frenetic energy.
Consisting of two lifelong friends that have traveled different roads but have serendipitously arrived at the same place and time while never losing the desire to make music, Eye Said So are a two-man band that screams much larger than the sum of its parts. As teenagers, G.A. and Sach were founding members of Texas nu-metal band Engine No. 9, who played throughout the southern region of the U.S., ultimately opening up for rock bands such as Coal Chamber and Kid Rock. But, as is often the story with many bands, unexpected life events caused core members to suddenly leave the band, leading to its demise. Sach took on a move to Austin, TX and continued his search for artistic release through recording and playing music with various groups, including a short-lived revamped E9 and local hip-hop group The Smoke Jumpers. He continued to work on various music projects while also attending film school and working in the local film industry. G.A. moved to East Texas and became the consummate family man, raising three awesome kids while also taking on a job in the world of finance and even starting a multi-million dollar oil field-related company. But the music was always still there underneath. Years later, after dramatic changes in their lives, they found themselves hanging out again and once again realizing how much the urge to make music was still a part of their lives. G.A. had written notebooks full of poetry and had dozens of songs worked out on his trusty acoustic guitar. Although they continued to discuss using the internet to exchange recorded ideas and build songs from long distance, once again life was moving too fast and things just never materialized. You could go as far as to use the old cliché that they’ve been on “the rollercoaster of life”, but that rollercoaster ride would be more like the opening scene of Final Destination 3. Long story short, circumstances found G.A. moving to Austin, and on day 1 the music writing process between G.A. and Sach began and hasn’t stopped since.
Eye Said So are set to release their debut EP on July 19th and are always honing the live show experience. “Why?” “Because Eye Said So.