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Tombstones In Their Eyes – Photo Credit: Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth, Karin Johansson, Joshua Drew, Paul Boutin
It’s no secret that we really dig Los Angeles indie psych-rock outfit Tombstones in Their Eyes, having followed them now through multiple releases, including singles, EPs, and full albums.
Finally, with their new double anthology-esque album Collection, released by Somewherecold Records, we can also find a good load of music from the band from earlier releases. Everything has been remastered and much of the material has also been remixed.
Today we present the first viewing of the new video for their track “Fear’”, created by frontman John Treanor. This follows up earlier singles ‘Silhouhette’ and ‘I Can’t See The Light’.
“Fear” is a hypnotizing downtempo rumination that runs on sharp guitar buzz, low bass line undertow, a steadily progressing drum beat, and Treanor’s hazily drawn-out vocals.
The video clip mirrors this trippy state with mesmerizing slow-swirled lava lamp-like saturated colors of acid green and deep purple overlaying performance footage of the band. Images of the cosmos seep into the screen, adding a spacey dimension to the song. Finally a staticky electric blue hue and fluorescent orange globe take over the view, completing the technicolor journey.
This timely collection of 19 sonorous and hazy tracks is available in various formats. This compilation brings together select tracks from past releases, including their debut album Sleep Forever, subsequent Bad Clouds, Fear and Nothing Here EPs, as well as the standalone single ‘Shutting Down’. The songs on this album were mainly recorded at L.A.’s Kitten Robot Studio with Paul Roessler (Nina Hagen, The Deadbeats, The Screamers, 45 Grave).
Recently transformed from a quartet to a trio when bassist Mike Mason moved from LA, the band now consists of John Treanor (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Stephen Striegel (drums, percussion), and Josh Drew (bass), with Paul Boutin (guitar) coming on board for future shows and recordings. Their melodic wall of sound reveals cavernous, stoner lullabies, wrapped in dark shoegazing dreamscapes that descend into post-rock soundscapes.
Tombstones’ songs are personal, exploring the writer’s feelings, doubts, fears, and hopes. The period covers from Sleep Forever, which came out in 2015, so these songs cover about 5 years of songwriting and show the progression of the band’s sound from their first studio sessions until their 2019 album Maybe Someday.
“Collection is just that, a collection of our songs that we wanted to gather together and put out into the world, remastered (and in some cases remixed) in one nice package. We took the songs from our first record that most fit our sound, and gathered the other songs from our various EP’s and singles,” says John Treanor.
“Sometimes EP’s and singles don’t get the attention that albums do, and we wanted to give these songs that chance. Also, none of this material has ever been released on vinyl, so we wanted to rectify that. It’s basically the best of our back catalog in either a double LP or double CD format.”
Collection is now available on limited edition double vinyl and double CD through Somewherecold Records and digitally everywhere, including iTunes and Spotify. It can also be ordered directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
In case you missed this earlier, check out their ‘Silhouette’ video, animated by Cleo Dog Productions:
And of the lead track ‘I Can’t See The Light’: