Early Eyes is a five-piece band from Minneapolis, Minnesota making pop music for the end of the world.
“Look Alive!” Writeup:
It’s a foreboding time to make pop music. But like a sunbeam peering through a haze of wildfire smoke, Early Eyes have somehow persevered through dashed dreams, fractured relationships, historic social justice uprisings in their own hometown, and a society tearing apart at the seams to make an album that is both responsive to the chaos and wearily optimistic.
“It almost feels like Look Alive! is a direct response to the pandemic,” bandleader Jake Berglove reflects. “It was like, oh, my goodness, all of our capitalist anxieties just came true! We took all of that anxiety and angry energy and put it into making a really fucked up album.”
“The album was not just an expression of all of our frustrations, but also an escape from it,” adds guitarist Joe Villano. “And I feel like the process of making it really carried us through the year.”
Look Alive! vibrates with angst, punctuated by computerized glitches and disintegrating threads of abandoned melodies that echo in the distance before roaring back to life. A track like “Chemicals” will begin with Early Eyes’ signature buoyant and catchy pop-rock, but as the song progresses it grows more ominous before shattering apart in an earthquake of rattling, subterranean bass.
Trash Panda began in 2015 as the pet recording project of songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Patrick Taylor (AKA Lazuli Vane), expanding into a duo then a trio in 2016. Pulling from influences as wide as neopsychedelia, soul, indie rock and pop music, the band considers themselves somewhat post-genre. Darlings of the indie scene, Trash Panda tapped into both the perils of modern dating and the existential questions of dark nights of the soul. Their 2016 EP Off features crowd-favorites “Aging Out of the 201 Century,” “Off,” and “Check Please.” Trash Panda’s 2018 album The Starclimber made a splash with tongue-in-cheek banger “Atlanta Girls” and the psychedelic groove of “Heartbreak Pulsar.” After the album the band went on hiatus and pursued other projects, emerging four years later in 2022 with several new members, releasing four singles “Things Wili Never Change,” “Doin’ Fine Today.”
“STARHEART,” and “Made of Love,” which are quickly gaining attention, featured on more than 10 of Spotify’s editorial playlists. “Doin’ Fine Today” has seen radio play in France. In Trash Panda’s first wave, only two years of frenzied creativity, the band made a regional splash touring small and midsized venues. Then, during its four year hiatus, the band reached a certain level of worldwide cult status with passionate fans spanning the globe. Autumn of 2022 brought the band their first nationwide tour as support for Ceramic Animal. Trash Panda plans to release their second full length album, PANDAMONIUM, on April 28, 2023, coinciding with their first national headlining tour in the May and June.
Thank You, I’m Sorry
Anxiety is the first word sung on Thank You, I’m Sorry’s first album. Back then it was just vocalist
Lleen Dow’s (they/them) voice and an acoustic, but three years and a full band, another album
and several heart-rending singles later it’s still on their mind. Anxiety never really goes away, but
you can learn to cope and how to enjoy everything else. The respites, the joy, the excitement
when anxiety takes a backseat. Thank You, I’m Sorry is growing, learning, indulging,
experimenting and figuring it out. Together.
Thank You, I’m Sorry came together as a band to flesh out quiet, lonely songs Lleen built on
their own and they haven’t stopped exploring and expanding their sound since. Bee Schreiner’s
(they/them) basslines effortlessly pull songs forward, knowing just when to nudge the band and
avoid getting caught in an anxiety spiral. The drums from Sage Livergood (they/them) really
bring everything together, constantly keeping pace while poking out into fills that feel like they
could shatter apart at any moment, and always finding their way back. Abe Anderson (he/him)
and Lleen’s guitar lines intertwine and bounce, refusing to sit still anywhere long enough to get
bored. Thank You, I’m Sorry come together to make a bunch of parts that feel impossible to pin
down or coalesce into something beautiful and catchy that will bounce around your head for