Tombstones In Their Eyes, who’s music is a fuzzed-out, weed influenced psychedelic rock swirl that is also inspired by shoegaze, desert rock, goth, and neo-garage recently released Looking For A Light on 4/20 via Kitten Robot Records.
For those unfamiliar with the genre, Shoegaze (originally termed shoegazing and sometimes conflated with “dream pop”) is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock characterized by its ethereal mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback, and overwhelming volume. Looking For A Light is an album swathed in thick fuzz that allows its melodies to shine bright. The band have constructed a lush album that wraps itself in feedback for warmth, not distance, which makes it more inviting and less impenetrable compared to their previous releases.
“It’s less focused on darkness and depression, more hopeful maybe, than some of our earlier work, and even has a love song (‘Ship On The Sea’),” the band elaborates. “Some songs only have one or two guitar tracks (‘Wrong’, ‘Hey’), which is not our norm. It’s hard to put it into words, but I see it as a step forward in my songwriting as well.”
From the chiming atmosphere of “Ship On The Sea” (“It was not meant to be a love song. It was meant to be about being alone… out alone on the sea with no other ships in sight. But as the lyrics shaped up, it turned into a love song”) to the abrasive melodies of “I Can Hurt All The Time” (“For a song about depression, this song rocks. This song makes me feel good, even though the subject is dark, because songs like this make me feel less alone, even though I wrote it. Haha”), Looking For A Light is rife with dark fuzzed-out sounds and mesmerizing and celestial melodies.
Produced by Paul Roessler (T.S.O.L., Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone) who has produced all of the band’s recordings, Looking For The Light captures the band at a career pinnacle with a new label and a new musical outlook. Signed to ’80s New Wave icon Josie Cotton’s Kitten Robot Records, TITE are preparing for a thrust into the mainstream.
“I’m in love with this band and the journey it takes you on,” says Cotton, excitedly about her new signing. “Lush and dark, searching and lost, undulating… like a junky poet traveling across the Arctic Circle on the way to somewhere. You never want it to reach the end.”
Recovering from quarantine blues, the band recently played an intimate show at The Redwood Bar in Los Angeles.
“Quarantine Blues” video: https://youtu.be/HXhK76xXYBE
Tombstones in Their Eyes is John Treanor, Stephen Striegel, Josh Drew, Paul Boutin, James Cooper, Paul Roessler