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 Auckland, 2010.
Their first single, Ocea was regularly featured on The Rock FM during 2012 and was included on the Blunt Magazine cd sampler distributed throughout Australia.
Heathen Eyes have just released the first single of their up coming release titled The Blood Of Cain, also accompanied by the live b-side, Falling Trees.
The band have seen a few changes in line up over the past year but as the new single will prove, it has only helped to refine their sound, taking influence from bands such as Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, Bring Me The Horizon, Cobra Khan and Alice In Chains.