EX EYE makes music of power, control, motion and intention; music composed with precise, clockwork intricacy and ecstatic abandon. It is hard, heavy music – aggressive, cathartic, and thrilling. The instruments fluidly exchange roles; melody, harmony, riff, engine, anchor, fuel.
Gathered at renowned, experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson’s behest in 2016, EX EYE consist of Stetson along with Greg Fox (Liturgy) on drums, Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Ceramic Dog) on synths and Toby Summerfield on guitar. Upon their formation, the group appeared at a series of prestigious festivals including Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Red Bull Music Academy (Montreal), CTM Festival (Germany), and Eaux Claires Fest (US). Their otherworldly live performances and hypnotically heavy rehearsal demos led to their signing with Relapse Records.
Recorded live at EX EYE member Shahzad Ismaily's Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY (Blonde Redhead, Damien Rice, Okkervil River, Son Lux, Pussy Riot), the debut showcases a band that is without question the sum of its parts, as each player contributes not only their own particular technical prowess and expertise but also their signature compositional character. EX EYE make incredibly complex yet beautifully dramatic and emotive music which eclipses usual expectation of style or genre and takes the listener on a cathartic, thrilling journey to total transcendence. Listen to the album in its entirety today via Stereogum.
EX EYE is on tour now, playing Sled Island (Calgary) today then hitting Vancouver, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles to follow. More live performances confirmed on the East Coast in August - check out all tour dates below.
EX EYE is: Colin Stetson - Alto & Bass Saxophones Greg Fox - Drums Shahzad Ismaily - Synths Toby Summerfield - Guitar
EX EYE Track Listing:
3. Anaitis Hymnal; The Akrose Disc
4. Form Constant; The Grid
EX EYE Live performances:
June 22 Calgary, AB @ Sled Island
June 24 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
June 25 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
June 27 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
June 28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
August 16 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
August 17 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
August 18 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
August 20 Portland, ME @ Space