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Eyes of Autumn
54' 40 or Fight!

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Hello is the debut from Seattle-area band Eyes of Autumn, a group of guys ages seventeen to twenty. Inspired by both Death Cab For Cutie, fellow 5440' or Fight!ers 31 Knots, and even some prog, their sound combines weepy indie-rock with angular, sometimes complex, and noisy math.

Most tracks on Hello feature noise and melancholy-indie-rock (note: I did not say emo) sandwiches: Sonic Youth-ish noisy openings that are dropped in favor of more melodic and much weepier explorations, only to be replaced by some heavy distortion at the song's closing. Eyes of Autumn also makes an appealing habit of taunting the listener with little tricks; you think the song's just about to end- you can hear it cooling down- it regains it's power and continues on. Of course this isn't a new trick- lots of bands do this, from Mogwai down to the Foo Fighters. With Eyes of Autumn, however, it happens more than once in a song, like in the seven minute duration of "Fire Creates Like Machine."

Most of the time you'll find more 31 Knots and the Paper Chase influence than that of Death Cab for Cutie on Hello, but there are some songs, like the closer "_..." that are as straight Death Cab as you can get. Pop bands with more technical prowess can often turn emo kids on to more complicated music, but can Eyes of Autumn do the same?

My answer is probably not, since despite the fact the idea of what Eyes of Autumn sounds like is a good one, it doesn't translate well into reality. Though I would never venture to call Hello a bad release, especially considering the band members' average ages and the potential for growth, Hello is a bit tedious and difficult to really get into despite it's strong points. Approach with caution.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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