Minneapolis’ Early Eyes have announced their debut album, Look Alive!, will be released February 25 via Epitaph.
Look Alive! was produced by Caleb Hinz (Hippo Campus, Samia) and Jake Luppen of Hippo Campus, and sees the band combine emo, post-hardcore, Japanese city pop, and musical theater on the genre-defying album.
The band signed to Epitaph in January 2020, releasing their first singles with the label in March, just as the pandemic brought the world to a halt. As weeks turned into months, and as their city of Minneapolis imploded in a catastrophic moment of fury, grief, and protest, the band alternated between doing what they could to support mutual aid efforts and holing up in the studio to channel their complicated emotions into song.
Vocalist Jake Berglove says:
“It almost feels like Look Alive! is a direct response to the pandemic. We took all of that anxiety and angry energy and put it into making a really fucked up album.”
Guitarist Joe Villano adds:
“The album was not just an expression of all of our frustrations, but also an escape from it.”
So far, Early Eyes have released three singles from the upcoming album, last month’s “Paresthesia” and “Revel Berry”, and now the catchy “Chemicals,” infused with a fresh dose of jazz-funk showcasing the band’s incredible musicianship while also embracing their fun, comedic energy.
Berglove says of the latest single:
“‘Chemicals’ was a song that started almost a bit like a comedy sketch. We were trying to make the most earnest, over-saccharine pop song and could not resist wrapping it in this pseudo-dad-bod-beers-up kind of package. We’ve always been the type of band that wasn’t afraid to have fun. I think Chemicals is yet another attempt at injecting a song with as much chaotic, shameless, and exciting energy possible!”
Early Eyes is will be hitting the road this fall supporting Hellogoodbye, as well as a handful of headlining dates.
Images courtesy of Early Eyes. Featured image credit: Albie Sher.