Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Finds Time For TV Eyes Debut, While The Vibrators Return To Their Roots

The trio of Jason Falkner (Jellyfish), Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish) and Brian Reitzell (Redd Kross, Air) left their day jobs back in 2006 to record together under the name TV Eyes. Their debut album was only released in Japan and has since gone out of print. Fans have had to pay top dollar to find a copy, but now on October 7th, Omnivore Recordings released a new version of the debut album from TV Eyes. The new release contains the original nine song album along with four bonus tracks from the band's Japanese-only EP "Softcore." The music has a nostalgic, 1980's synthesizer fueled sound as heard on the opener "Over The City." The song "She's A Study," carries similarities to mainstream Depeche Mode, while "The Party's Over" has a more post-punk feel to their sound. The electronic beats of "Love To Need" and "Time's Up" show that TV Eyes were two decades away from their sound's heyday. The bonus tracks are songs from the album that were remixed by each member of the band. Jason Falkner's remix of "Facinating" tries to make the song into a more modern electronic pop hit, while Roger Joseph Manning Jr.'s remix of "She's A Study" would have easily been a hit at the clubs in the 80's. Brian Reitzell streches "Time's Up' past the ten minute mark, slowing down the tempo and giving more depth to the music. The album finishes with the rare "promo only" song "She Gets Around," which was only available on a 12" vinyl single over a decade ago. To find out more about this release from TV Eyes, please visit omnivorerecordings.com

British punk band The Vibrators are returning with the release of their 2oth album "Punk Mania - Back To The Roots." The album became available on September 16th through Cleopatra Records and is aptly titled as it returns the band's early punk sound to these new songs. The fourteen-song CD release adds three bonus songs to make it seventeen tracks, yet it still clocks in at under an hour. Things take off quickly with the power punk-rocker "Blackout" and the nostalgic sound of "Love Like Diamonds." The disturbing lyrics of "Bleed To Death" is hard to resist as you end up singing along after only a couple listens. They speed up the rhythm for the psychobilly feel of "The Ohio" and showcase their raw, edgy delivery of "Rats." The Vibrators try their hand at a love song with "Just Be True," before finishing with the recklessness of "Fix." The three bonus tracks lead off with a cover of the Flamin' Groovies' "Slow Death" and the male anthem of "Get Me A Beer" before closing with guitar-fueled chant of "On My Way To Hell." The Vibrators will be heading home in November for five shows in the U.K. To find out more about The Vibrators' new album "Punk Mania," please visit thevibrators.com.

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