"The Heavy Eyes: Navigating the Psychedelic Blues River"
The delta has long been a source of inspiration for musicians, its mysterious waters and timeless landscapes weaving tales of the past. In the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, The Heavy Eyes have harnessed this mystical energy to create their unique brand of psychedelic blues rock. Picture a skeleton at the helm of a speedboat, racing down the flaming Mississippi River, headed straight back to 1969. That's the kind of sonic journey you can expect from this band.
Formed in 2010, The Heavy Eyes started as a trio before evolving into the quartet we know today. Their music is a mesmerizing fusion of delta blues and psychedelic rock, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of artists, including Lead Hound, Cactus, Fu Manchu, Sir Lord Baltimore, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and The Meters. It's a rich tapestry of sounds that pays homage to the past while carving its own path forward.
Since their inception, The Heavy Eyes have been on a relentless musical odyssey. They've released four studio albums, two of which found a home with the esteemed German label Kozmik Artifactz. In addition to their albums, the band has gifted their fans with EPs, splits, digital singles, and even a live album. The origin of their intriguing name can be traced back to a literary inspiration, sparked by mentions of giant, watchful eyes in novels like "The Great Gatsby" and "Moon Palace." The image stuck, and it perfectly encapsulates their music's captivating and all-seeing allure.
2022 brought a temporary hiatus for The Heavy Eyes due to a member's battle with Kidney Disease, but their spirits remain undaunted. With their eyes set on the horizon, they're planning a triumphant return to the stage in 2023. As we eagerly await their comeback, let's savor their last album, "Love Like Machines," released in 2020. What more could a music lover need than a dose of psychedelic blues rock straight from the heart of the delta?