IYEZ is an amorphous beast, seeking only rock and roll in its most free and natural state.
The band seems to shun boundaries—drifting between blasted-out punk, heavy caveman
dirges, and dreamy psychedelic drones. Formed in 2008 by Justin Holm (guitar/vocals)
and Jon Erickson (bass/drums) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn—IYEZ (pronounced “eyes”) has
been pounding and churning since its inception. Following a series of personnel shifts,
the band has recently completed its lineup with the addition of Nicole Lawrence on lead
guitar—rounding out the rest of the band which includes Lee Hinshaw on drums and
bass, and Andy Siebert on vocals and percussion. Together they harness a hypnotizing
blend of howling and melodic vocals, searing attacks, and deep, dense rhythms.
IYEZ releases include a noisy, loop-dense, low-fi self-titled EP from 2010, followed in
2011 by Smoke Signals—a big, lurching monster of a record full of echo-dripping sound
collages, pounding boom-rock, and anxiety-filled punk. In 2013 IYEZ released Psychic
Jungle, an explosive mind-fuck of rock and roll that digs deeper into the band’s
psyche—dark, confident, free—and all wrapped up in a hypnotic blanket of fuzz.
The band’s latest release is WOR$HIP, a 4-song EP dual-released by Brooklyn’s Colonel
Records and Sinking Spaceship Recordings. WOR$HIP is the band’s tightest, most
pointed music yet. The EP is available now on a limited release of cassettes.