Auckland’s Heathen Eyes have just released their second “official” single - having previously recorded a number of demos with their original line up they now seem to be slowly releasing singles. Ocea is a plea to save our oceans, although it doesn’t sound like your typical environmental ballad.
Instead what you get is over 4 minutes of ‘90s influenced alternative rock, with a lot of melody and driving rhythm. Those melodies come courtesy of front man Jason McIvor, who is responsible for guitar, bass and vocals on the recording, due to line up changes the band was undergoing at the time. Malcolm Blake provides the beats, doing a fine job of keeping the song moving along.
The two-piece have crafted a catchy song here, knowing when to build it up and when to pull back and let the vocals soar, making the song ebb and flow organically – almost like the rhythms of the ocean that influenced the song.
With a few more songs like these under the belt, and once they have the new line up sorted out, Heathen Eyes are going to be a band to keep an eye on in the local rock scene.
Heathen Eyes formed in 2010, it was a solid start with a bang! They quickly cut a 5 track demo, received nation wide air play, played up and down the north island with various national and internationally renowned bands and finally in 2011 placed 2nd in the NZ leg of the Global Battle Of The Bands ~ all things must come to an end, such as the original line up.
Refreshed with a new single, Ocea and new members Heathen Eyes is gearing up to take NZ by storm in the coming months