share title track & video for
“The Accidental Falls”
Band ft. members from Guided By Voices,
The Decemberists, Elliott Smith band
and Steve Malkmus & the Jicks
with lyricist, Larry Beckett
“It’s hard to meet the lofty expectations created when successful musicians unite. But in Portland, Ore., one band is quietly bucking that trend. A whirlwind of tangled acoustic and electric guitars that gets stuck in your head and continues to spin long after the tunes are over. ” – NPR
“Evokes the feeling of R.E.M’s Reckoning and Big Star’s Radio City” – Mojo
Portland band Eyelids release the video for the song “The Accidental Falls” via Billboard. The title track video was illustrated by band members John Moen and animated by Chris Slusarenko. Its “part Schoolhouse Rocks, part Shel Silverstein, part hopeful message, part horror movie” explains Slusarenko. Beckett’s lyrics for the song add to the surreal nature of it, drawn from works by 18th and 19th century German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “It was already a weird song, lyrically, just by extension of where it came from,” Slusarenko notes. “It was fun to kind of go into that kind of surreal thing Larry had already been cracking and let John take his shot at it. It’s probably the most rocking translation of Goethe’s work to date.”
The track appears on their new album in collaboration with poet Larry Beckett, The Accidental Falls, out now via Decor Records.
Watch the video to “The Accidental Falls”
When acclaimed poet and former Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett first offered Chris Slusarenko and John Moen of Eyelids to write new lyrics for their next record as well as giving them access to his words from the last four decades, the musicians weren’t sure Eyelids soaring brand of guitar driven rock would jibe with someone else’s lyrics (including a song that was written with Buckley). “It was Larry’s trust in us that really caused us to think we should do it,” Moen says. “When someone like that is into your work to the degree they want to collaborate, it definitely feeds your confidence.”
The Accidental Falls features a bountiful cacophony of gorgeously shimmering riffs and songs so delectably crafted that all who value the electric guitar (three to be exact) as a source of pure joy. Created with long time members, Chris Slusarenko (guitar, vocals ex Guided By Voices), Jonathan Drews (guitar), Jim Taltstra (bass) and Paulie Pulvirenti (drums),Eyelids’ fourth album finds the outfit as both stewards of a classic sound and accomplished artists, propelling their craft to thrilling new heights.
Eyelids step firmly out from the considerable shadow cast by the band members’ pedigrees earned from time spent in Guided By Voices, The Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus and Elliott Smith’s bands. Produced by Peter Buck who also plays on the record with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case) and Heba Kadry (Deerhunter, Bjork) who mixed and mastered the record respectively. Their first record was released in the UK by Tim Burgess and the band toured the UK previously with their friends, Drive-By Truckers. The band will be touring Europe in the Autumn 2020.
Watch the previous video for “Found at the Scene of a Rendezvous that Failed” made by Rachel Blumberg from The Decemberists HERE