Mourning Eyes formed in 2016 and is comprised of Bryan Ball (drums), Casey Barrett (vocals/rhythm guitar), Darby Wadley (bass/vocals) and Dalton Piatt (guitar/backing vocals). They released their debut EP entitled Lost Love.
I went to high school in the mid 90’s and this EP sounds like it could have been released back then. The band goes straight down the center line when it comes to a broad range of alternative bands that had some time in the limelight. There weren’t many surprises as I listened to the EP. The band follows a predictable structure with all the tropes that people (including myself) usually love. I really appreciated the delivery and energy of the songs which I felt was their biggest strength as a band.
The band opens with “Blind” and explodes quickly into a Weezer-esque type riff. I thought the verse was catchy and builds to a rocking chorus. Barrett sings, “Have you ever had to ask yourself / Where does our life go from here.” It’s a formidable rock song that would be appealing to a broad demographic. The song could definitely be a single.
They have more success with “Shame To Know” and “Come Back Around” which are both fun energetic rock songs. The vibe continues to dig into an overall undeniable ’90s aesthetic that ranges from pop-punk to alternative. “Come Back Around” also has a great breakdown.
The band continues to keep the intensity up with “Dead Man.” However I thought the highlight was “Shadows” which is dynamic and arguably displays the most creative and technical apt riffs. The band ends with the coming of age, nostalgic pop-punk alternative hybrid “Lost Love” which displays some subdued moments and well as impressive heights.
My only advice for the band with this EP is that I felt the band was relying too much on a template of how a song was supposed to sound and I wanted a little more experimentation. They sound like an amalgamation of great bands and I wanted a couple instances where they sound more than their predecessors. I think a little bit more time together as a band and this should be achievable as they are still in the embryonic of their development.
The production is incredible on this EP and sounds competitive with any commercial product. You could hear everything perfectly and it was pleasure for my ears to experience. I also thought the performances were exceptional. Everyone in the band brought the goods as far as technical and creative abilities.
Overall, this band will resonate most with fans of ’90s rock bands from a number of sub-genres. There are some great songs that I encourage you to check out. Recommended.
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