Tellingly taking their name from a Melvins song off 1987's Gluey Porch Treatments, Eye Flys are a sludgy, vitriolic noise-rock quartet featuring Full of Hell guitarist Spencer Hazard, ex-Backslider drummer Patrick Forrest, Backslider bassist Jake Smith on guitar and vocals, and Triac's Kevin Bernsten playing bass. The band's debut album, Context — due out September 13th — is a blistering testament to the band members' tried and tested chops, as well as to their venomous vision. Take the song "Crushing of the Human Spirit," premiering below.
"The title tells part of the story, but essentially this song is about winning and losing," Smith says. "The lyrics describe different aspects of the human experience and puts an emphasis how that experience can influence behavior and dictate personality and one's capacity for empathy (or a lack of it) and that's basically summed up at the end: 'I've seen it shine, but I've seen it crushed.' This song is the first one where I was like, 'Fuck yeah, Pat, do a million flams and crush that snare drum' in my head."
Blast the song at full volume and check out Eye Flys' upcoming tour dates below. You can pre-order Context now via Thrill Jockey.
Eye Flys tour dates:
Aug. 6 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
Aug. 7 - Detroit, MI - The Sanctuary
Aug. 8 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Aug. 9 - Lexington, KY - The Green Lantern
Aug. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Howler's