For the last two decades, the Providence, RI-based Redfearn has crafted a compelling, uncategorizable sound that is wholly his own but has tendrils that reach into a stunning variety of influences both musical and otherwise. The music is centered upon Redfearn’s arcane rock sensibilities, beguiling vocals and serpentine accordion lines, which lace the music with tinges of everything from Krautrock to minimalism, alternate-universe folk tunes to psychedelic prog. Thematically, his hallucinatory lyrics hint at mind-expanding concepts from his voracious reading and adventurous experiences, with seductive insinuations.
The Opposite is the Eyesores’ long-awaited follow-up to their wonderful 2012 release Sister Death. Where that album reached toward the epic with a roster of special guests and larger instrumentation, The Opposite pares things down to the core band, with an accompanying intimacy and intensity. The sparse instrumentation is extended with the use of pedals and amplification that blend with the acoustic instruments to offer a unique, alien palette from which to draw. A stream-of-consciousness approach gives the album’s lyrics a feeling of dreamlike imagery and elusive associations.
As has been the case for their last few releases, the album was recorded by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets. For the first time Alec worked with noted mastering engineer Udi Koomran at The Pergola. Both engineers helped to insure that the final release is sonically great. The personal and the universal, the poetic and the prosaic, esoteric explorations and the humorous insanities of daily life – all come together in the hypnotic and pulse-pounding songs of Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores. With The Opposite, the band has created a collection of music that is at once their most accessible and mind-expanding to date, the sort of mystery that rewards not solving but getting lost within.
released October 5, 2018
Alec K. Redfearn – Electrified Accordion, Vocal, Realistic MG-1, Loops, Ceremonial Bell, Combo Organ
Ann Schattle – Horn in F
Christopher Sadlers – Contrabass, Loops, Vocals
Matt McLaren – Drums, Cymbal, Riq, Maracas, Frikywa, Giraffe Bells, Ring of Edges
All music and lyrics by Alec K. Redfearn
Arrangements by Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores
Produced by Seth Manchester and Alec K. Redfearn
Recorded and Mixed by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets | Pawtucket, RI
Mastered by Udi Koomran at The Pergola | Tel Aviv, Israel
Cover by Alec K. Redfearn and Kathleen Mahoney-Cobb
Layout and Design by Kathleen Mahoney-Cobb
Thanks to Steve Feigenbaum, Cyril Moya, Rose Bannister, Joyce Feigenbaum, Javier Diaz, Machines With Magnets, all Eyesores, past and present, and to Providence, Rhode Island.
black light shiner fish eye liner peers out of the black soft motor runner of the neither neither borne away on binary cats black sea bloodbath moonshine warpath falling with a hiss headless hunter deep space gunner stares out of the abyss it won't stop 'til the morning star drops threshold dweller interstellar engine of the void small incision tunnel visions burning polaroids chewing grinding undermining contradicting all endless chatter tall dark matter all just rats in the walls it won't stop 'til the morning star drops blue-eyed devil rebel yellow run and gunning fear chaos spinner gnostic sinner drunk on angel's tears damnation alley uncanny valley dealing with the dead heartworn highways poison pathways yellow turning to red it won't stop 'til the morning star drops
Track Name: The Opposite
in the measure of mirror i'm the total of the nothing left inside of you the inversion of your vision i live in the dissolution far beyond the true oh no oh no you're not alone alone anymore are you? i'll always be your opposite your black and white infernal twin the alter-you the destroyer the creator greatest love and deepest hate the yawning void remains silence is my language and my lines are always tangled up inside your brain oh no oh no you're not alone alone you will never be i'll always be your opposite your antimatter compiement duality
Track Name: Carivore
CARNIVORE come to me by air or sea by any any any means flee to me the one in three stung and buzzing like a bee twitch and shake twitch and shake come on like an earthquake burn burn out the light by Babalon you spread your arms smile and open like a rose by Kali's light you snarl and bite rising higher on your toes carnivore carnivore crawl in through the red door carnivore carnivore you know what i'm here for burn burn out the light
Track Name: Bat Living In My Room
high on a kite string wrapped in a tight thing cocaine a ring ding bells vision a snow storm she is a glow worm crawled through a thousand hells police better get here soon there's a bat living in my room walking the ceiling jigging and reeling chatter and shatter bones look through the peephole into a deep hole freeze like an ice cream cone vibrate salivate i am an alligator i put a pox on you a pox on you coke bottle glass eye pinned to a black fly spun in a spidery trap dollar store fancy bibliomancy let's throw a dart at the map let's raid the medicine chest let's take a drive out west heart drum in 2/4 brain in a cold war crocodile at my heels silence the film score bring up the noise floor bliss in the spinning wheels i will be absorbed you will be absorbed
Track Name: Rend The Veil
rend the veil swing among the bees wings tooth and nail run the rivers red solar sailor sing a black-tongue hymn spit a stream of fire wing and fin rend the veil leave the flesh behind banshee wail the lion and the serpent switch the tail the rose and cross crooked canine come the curling cats sing the serpent kyrie Abrasax rend the veil leave the flesh behind
Track Name: Possum
close to the ground he crouches nocturnal sound he watches lenses and eyes he follows digs in the earth pulls one out and swallows red knucklebones it went wrong turned into stone for so long man with no name gunslinger possum in hand tail wrapped around his finger
Track Name: Pterodactyl
trickster so slick opiatrix ring the bell and lift the veil reddest poppy harry crosby got a hellhound on my trail skies are spinning eyes are swimming tears to fill the blood black sea dove descended arms extended hammer bones into the trees solar swimming vessel brimming lunar bloodknot holy wine sky is falling heavens bleeding crimson tears in crooked lines scarlet scissor ancient lizard killer of the sacred son pterodactyl fortune’s axle the assassin of the sun all your fears are smoke and mirrors vines entwining in your hair cut-up banquet broken language floating backwards through the air wait for me here in the ether cross the void and ring the bell rosy crosstalk cosmic perp walk river sliver straight to hell