When the Meat Puppets were embedding countrified jangles in high-pressure rock, the sound was called "cowpunk." (We can't buy it if we don't know what to call it, although avoiding labels is a cornerstone of Eyes Adrift's crackerjack, anti-buzz campaign.) Picking up the frayed strands of the same psychedelic cowpunk yarn and weaving them into Novoselic's familiar, growling bass and Gaugh's precision drumming, Eyes Adrift make real ground on the new rock soundscape.
But if I hadn't heard a single flanged chord or open-ended, reflective, tripped-out lyric off the new album, and even if I didn't have my useless, semi-secret, deserted-island list, I would still recommend going to see Eyes Adrift at the White Rabbit on Sunday, December 8. The truth is that whenever musicians who have had as great an impact on pop music as these three come together to play at a local venue, the rock entertainment value reaches a level rarely available to $10-12 ticket holders.
Sunday, December 8
The White Rabbit
2410 N. St. Mary's