hese Green Eyesâ€”Colin Cunningham (vocals), Greg Mauro (guitars), Jeff Krenn (guitars), Zach Braz (bass), Mark Brundrett (drums)–are set to release their sophomore album, RELAPSE TO RECOVERY, on March 24, 2009 on Blackledge Music (with distribution by Atlantic/ADA).
The albumâ€™s first single, â€œParamedic,â€ will be serviced to radio early next year and a video is currently in the works. A video for â€œSucker Punch (Wonâ€™t Get Away With It)â€ is already available for viewing on the bandâ€™s Myspace page, www.myspace.com/thesegreeneyes.
Tackling issues of friendship, loss, remorse, and ultimately hope, RELAPSE TO RECOVERY boils down five years of trials and tribulations as a unit, culminating with the tragic and unexpected loss of a close band friend to suicide.
In a review on Frantikmag.com, Gian Erguiza noted: â€œMixing off beat rhythms, catchy hooks, group vocals and powerful vocals, These Green Eyes are sure to make heads turn with their full- lengthâ€¦â€
In touring news, after having opened for Unwritten Law in Salt Lake City as part of the AST/Dew Fest in September, the band started to tour the States in early October to get the buzz going about the new album. During that trek, they performed shows with Hawthorne Heights and A Thorn For Every Heart. The remainder of November will have them performing shows with Pierce The Veil, A Change Of Pace and others. And next up for the band: seven shows as part of â€œThe Atticus Tourâ€ with A Change of Pace, The Classic Crime and Tyler Reade from November 29-December 6.
The seeds of These Green Eyes were planted in 2003, when drummer Mark Brundrett, guitarist Greg Mauro and bassist Zach Braz met in high school and, based on their shared love of music, decided to create some together. After months of experimenting with a revolving door of members, a basic lineup coalescedâ€¦with the exception of a vocalist. Enter Colin Cunningham, a friendâ€™s brother with the heart of a poet and an impressive set of pipes. Accepting the invitation to play a single show (at which he made up lyrics on stage), he continued showing up for practice and the band stopped looking for a singer.
Once the group was solidified, the band wrote and recorded a four-song demo with producer John Naclerio (Brand New, My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail). With the demo in hand, the band was passed up by the local labels they approached. Undaunted, they went on tour, which eventually led to the introduction to Pete Wasilewski from Less Than Jake, who felt the record deserved a wider audience. He helped the band get posted on the main page of PureVolume, where–just one year after forming–they were the second most listened to artist after Fall Out Boy.
Propelled by the exposure, more fans began showing up at shows in remote areas, fueling the band to write and record more material for a full-length album. After six months on the road, they returned to the studio with Naclerio to record seven additional tracks, completing what would become their 2005 debut, HOUSE OF GLASS (Martyr Records).
Throughout 2006, These Green Eyes became road warriors, sharing bills across the country with Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory, The Academy Isâ€¦, The Higher, Less Than Jake, Hidden In Plain View, Silverstein and Gym Class Heroes.
In 2007, the band recorded two new sets of demos, one with old partner John Naclerio, and one with new friend Rob Freeman (formerly of Hidden In Plain View). The new material cemented a deal with newly-christened indie label Blackledge Music. With Blackledge now on board, These Green Eyes secured recording time with uber-producer Brian McTernan (Thrice, Circa Survive, Senses Fail) at his Salad Days compound in Baltimore in the early spring of 2008. During recording, the bandâ€™s lineup shifted, resulting in the addition of longtime friend and tour mate Jeff Krenn on guitar.
The eleven songs that came out these sessions are driving, melodic anthems which cohere as the triumphant record, RELAPSE TO RECOVERY. Varying from a world-weary worldview (opener “At The End”) to high octane vendettas (the scream-along chorus of “Sucker Punch”) to ruminations on the loss of friendship (the wistful closer “Time Of Our Lives”), These Green Eyes have channeled their punk, post-hardcore, and arena rock influences into an anthemic wall of sound that’s all their own.
Check out These Green Eyes at the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 12/13 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Night Club (w/ Us Against The Archers)
With â€œThe Atticus Tourâ€:
Fri 12/5 Lansing, MI Macâ€™s Bar
Sat 12/6 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Fri 12/12 Wilmington, DC Harmony Grange (with Houston Calls & Just Surrender)