Q&A Scene: Matt Wicks ~ GRINDING EYES

Tell us about your upcoming album and shows?
The album is a sonic explosion of sound / we used the surrounding atmosphere to create some heavy fuzz tones, or maybe it’s all smoke and mirrors. We gave it all you’ve got, beg borrow steal to get it done!! The up coming album shows are going to be a total blast… We are doing the whole thing DIY with help from two truely independent labels (in the meaning of the word) don’t follow trends – do it for real and the right reasons!!
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
We were lucky enough to do a split single for a tour we did last year, with the iconic English band Swervedriver!!
Tell us a quick, in the studio or on-the-road anecdote.
The time when some security guards help themselves to our merch / just do realise that our flat mates cat had pissed on the t shirts they had just taken. Or. When the hire car company gave us a mini minor sized car to load the fridge sized amp into.
What, or who, inspires you to create?
We get inspiration from many different art forms. Krautrock, afro beat, garage punk, heavy Psych rock. Abstraction, Surrealism, Pop Art and Op art..
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Hocus-Pocus by Focus (yodelling lead-break)
What’s next for you?
Yacht rock and long island ice teas!!
What’s your scene?
We are fringe dwellers, we are our own scene, live on the fringe of many different scenes!! No matter where you are in the world, you’ll normally always find like minded individuals..
“Grinding Eyes are going to be Sydney’s version of a really fucking awesome garage-infused pysch band” Ryan Saar FBi Radio

Grinding Eyes combine Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Drone-Rock and ambient Garage-Punk in a uniquely dark soundscape.

“With members hailing from The Mess Hall and Treatment you might call Grinding Eyes somewhat of a local supergroup, and with the unity of Krautrock, Shoegaze, grunge and 60s acid-flashback – psychedelia, you could very well say Grinding Eyes are a supergroup of genres” Heavy Mag 2017

Grinding Eyes release their first full length album; a self-titled LP, today.

Grinding Eyes offer up an International collaboration. Written in San Francisco and Sydney. Recorded in Sydney Australia By Owen Penglis (Straight Arrows / The Grates). Mixed in Montpellier France by Jim Diamond (The Hives, Dirtbombs,White Stripes, The Sonics etc). Mastered in Detroit USA at Ghetto Recorders.

Grinding Eyes ‘Self-titled’ album is released on Friday 20th October 2017 by Off The Hip Records. The album will also be issued on vinyl by Tym Records.

Saturday 21st October 2017

Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW
with Holy Soul + Skullsquadron + Smash Repairs + more

Saturday 28th October 2017
The Curtin, Melbourne VIC
with Warped + TV Haze + Beat Taboo

About Mary Boukouvalas 1302 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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