Music Scene: Animal Eyes, more local shows
A self-proclaimed “eclectic, experimental rock” band, Animal Eyes will bring its alternative, fresh sound to Fruita.
The band — Tyler Langham plays guitar and vocals; Tyler Figley, guitar and vocals; Colin McArthur, bass; Haven Multz-Matthews, drums; and Sam Tenhoss, accordion, keys and vocals — is on a six-week national tour to Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest music festival then up to Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho.
Langham said the Portland, Ore., band wasn’t selected to perform inside SXSW, but it is going to perform in Austin anyway for the exposure.
“Even if you don’t officially get in (to SXSW), there are unofficial showcases,” Langham said. “We went last year just on our own and booked shows in downtown Austin. Even big names will play unofficial showcases for free, and it’s really cool for concert-goers because you don’t have to buy passes.”
The guys in Animal Eyes, all in their early 20s, met in Alaska where they performed in high school bands. After the realization that college wasn’t for them, the guys formed a band and have worked on their music ever since.
They write their own songs and released their first EP, “URSUS,” on iTunes and animaleyesband.bandcamp.com in September. They recorded it in a vintage clothing store and paid a friend “as much as we could afford to pay him,” to help.
“Not very glamorous,” Langham said. “But this is how it starts.”
The guys are touring in a used church van they bought off Craigslist.
Animal Eyes wants to release a full-length studio debut album in the near future. (Langham said the band doesn’t acknowledge the 2011 “Found in the Forest” album as the debut because it just needed material to “start gigging.”)
Influenced heavily by bands such as Menomena, Blitzen Trapper and Modest Mouse, Animal Eyes will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave. Admission is $5.