Xray Eyeballs began as the brainchild of guitarist O.J. San Felipe and bassist Carly Rabalais, who, after founding Brooklyn garage rock juggernaut Golden Triangle (Hardly Art), sought a release that would sate both their sweet-toothed desires and their darker impulses, like a candy-coated Vicodin. Like their musical antecedents, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, Xray Eyeballs creates a world of their own. Low-lifes, night-walkers, pill-riders, and other sordid characters stalk the band’s New York City streets and their songs compel you to follow them until you find the peace of a night redeemed in the morning light.
On ‘Splendor Squalor’, Xray Eyeballs’ second full-length on Kanine, refracted rays of that redemptive light shine through the band’s eerie musical haze. The addition of Sarah Baldwin (The Girls At Dawn, Fergus And Geronimo) on drums and Liz Lohse (Heaven, Runaway Suns) on guitar and synths expands the band’s sonic possibilities with lush vocal harmonies, unique musical counterpoints and inspired songwriting contributions. Xray Eyeballs’ new lineup deftly maneuvers from unctuous drones to punk rave-ups and new-wave bangers with a confidence and melodic sensibility that illuminates the splendor in the squalor. Watch the video for “X” HERE. Also see their U.S. tour dates below which includes a stop at SXSW.
03/06 – Washington DC – Comet Pizza and Ping Pong
03/07 – Atlanta, GA – 529 (w/ Lotus Plaza, Psychic Ills)
03/08 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover (w/ Bare Wires)
03/09 – Nashville, TN – The End (w/ Bare Wires, Terrible Twos)
03/10 – Shreveport, LA – Collective Shreveport (w/ Terrible Twos
03/11 – Denton, TX – Denton 35
03/13 – 18 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Tour Dates (w/ Magnetix):
03/19 – Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington
03/20 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
03/22 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
03/23 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
03/24 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
03/25 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
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