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Black Eyes self-titled debut displays a band with a hold on the experimental side of D.C. punk — a path paved by Fugazi and, particularly in this case, Q and Not U. This five-piece band takes dub, bass-driven grooves, and kooky vocals of the Liars and Q and Not U's off-kilter dance punk and plays them grittier, from the violent narrative of "Someone Has His Fingers Broken" to the oblique sexual politics of "A Pack of Wolves." But Black Eyes, despite an unstoppable cacophony on insane songs like the Queen-on-caffeine "King's Dominion" and the spazzy "Day Turns to Night," never really have the terse drive of Fugazi or the accessible hooks of Q and Not U. This album will have to remain the mark of a band's crazy potential and perhaps a warning siren of what is to come.


Formed: 2001 in Washington DC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed in Washington, D.C. in 2001, Dischord's post-punk outfit Black Eyes follows in the footsteps of labelmates Q and Not U and Fugazi as well as bands like Girls Against Boys. The elusive group (first names only for this band), who put out their self-titled debut in 2003, consists of two bassists, two drummers, only one guitar and seriously caterwauling vocals. The instrumental line-up makes for a rhythmic and driving sound akin to the...
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