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Black Eyes

Lightning Bolt are the Fight Club of rock, their tense muscles and masculine intensity and two-dudes-in-a-van prison-loving a turned-inwards celebration of violence as form of evolutionary beauty. Black Eyes bear and wear the same scars of so many scrapes, and they do so with pride, but the DC outfit aren't fighting in an enclave, hoping their microcosm can influence the macrocosm. Rather, they're railing against the society that surrounds them, their wars fought with wars fought abroad. Their poetry a commentary on hypocrisy, they cast judgments on those who cast judgment, as men, like they're God, such staunch standing like a line drawn in the sand, like they wish to make their side of the line the place punk-rock spirit is holy, their conception of it, and all this, being that the days of heedful pre-millennial tension have been replaced by smug post-millennial satisfaction. Black Eyes work to capture that tension, to make it their captive, their music placing tension within parameters. By setting the cat of free-ranging/free-rein free-jazz fuckery amongst the pigeons of hardcore's mighty-uptighty militarism, the quintet are creating a carefully controlled chaos where all the discord leaves aesthetic abrasions: the bruised eye-sockets of their fightin' spirit matched with bloody-lipped horn-honk and concussive drums, guitars played with ripped skin left clinging to the strings, tiny traces of flesh under the players' nails. The ultimate depiction of their cultivated friction comes in the opposing voices of Hugh McElroy and Daniel Martin-McCormick, their distinctly different throats throwing up vocals that often run directly into each other, set against each other in songs that wish to maximize their differences for maximum tension. The discordance of this hoarse/screech disparity/polarity could be seen as typically Dischordian; but the vocal yin-yang of McElroy/Martin-McCormick goes far beyond simple Ian/Guy sportsmanship. The spilling collision of their tangled metal/glass tonality inhabits the sort of off-the-end-of-the-pier post-hardcore plunge taken by those two dudes in the Blood Brothers.

by Anthony Carew

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