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October And The Eyes Shares New Single “Jack Black Must Die” & Releases New EP ‘Who Upset You?” out via KRO Records

June 26, 2022

OCTOBER AND THE EYES Shares New Single “Jack Black Must Die”

& Releases New EP ‘Who Upset You?” out via KRO Records

New Zealand-born, London-based singer & songwriter October and the Eyes is releasing her new EP ‘Who Upset You?‘ today via KRO Records as well as sharing new single “Jack Black Must Die”. October is also set to play a headline London show at The Lexington on June 29th. 

Speaking about “Jack Black Must Die”, October said “Jack Black is a gambling man, an unfaithful lover, and a fugitive on the run from his enemies. Jack Black is the ultimate martyr – our imperfect, unholy anti-hero who must die for the sins of the world. 

Musically I wanted to introduce more industrial and electronic elements, sampling a Moog Dfam to create the electronic drone that intro’s the song and an ugly, hollow industrial snare.It started off as a poem co-written with my friend Connor Hickey, so it only felt write to deliver it as spoken word.”

October and The Eyes create this insatiable atmosphere filled with dark textures, brash bursts, and brooding vocal notes that command your full attention. The new single and accompanying EP truly exudes the charm that seems so unique to the character of October and The Eyes. Strong, assertive and a truly addictive ambiance commands your full attention.

October and The Eyes channels this delicate nature via the ethereal vocal harmonies which glide above the aggressive landscape, providing a contrast to the darker tones.

On the EP, October said “‘Who Upset You’ is so much sonically darker than my first EP. I guess that’s a reflection of the climate I was writing it in – the shock of a painful breakup colliding with a the world and everything that I knew as normal being turned on it’s head because of the pandemic. Thematically it’s very much drenched in cynicism, frustration, anger and grief. Having it out feels pretty cathartic if I’m honest. I feel lighter for it.

In terms of the production, more electronic and industrial elements are flecked throughout, along with folk and blues influences too. Along with revisiting the blues my Father raised me on, I was also introduced to a bunch of new music such as Ethiopian jazz from the likes of Mulatu Astatke and Tèsfa-Maryam Kidané, Israeli rock n roll from Charlie Megira, and Iranian psych legend Kourosh Yaghmaei.

Lyrically it feels like progression too. Being able to take the music on the road with the Yves Tumor tour prior to releasing them also helped shape the final recordings too, having crafted them quite specifically around how they would sound in a live setting.”

Listen to the EP here –

Who Upset You? EP tracklist:
1. Jack Black Must Die
2. Spiral
3. When I Was Your Girl
4. Who Upset You?
5. Walk The Line

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