Eye Flys bring downtuned, bludgeoning noise rock heaviness to Roadburn 2020

Bands named after Melvins songs are usually off to a good start already (Boris, anyone?), and after listening to their blistering debut album Context, and considering the fact that guitarist Spencer Hazard was already roped in for Roadburn 2020 as a member of one of our artists in residence, the wonderful Full Of Hell, how could we ever pass on Eye Flys?

We couldn’t, that’s how. And to be honest, good connections and cool references aside, the unrelenting, bone-crunching heaviness of that Context record would probably have forced them onto the Roadburn stage anyway. The Backslider rhythm section of Jake Smith – here on guitar and vocals – and Patrick Forrest plus Triac’s Kevin Bernsten complete the line-up. Filthy basslines, fat grooves and d-beat injections make them as incisive and punishing as Unsane at their best, and exhale a thick air of menace like Today Is The Day at their nastiest. Eye Flys actually feel worthy of being named after a Melvins song. How many other bands could you say that about?

Eye Flys will perform at Roadburn 2020 on Thursday, 16 April.

José Carlos Santos / November 2019

Date: April 16

Time: TBA

Stage: Hall of Fame

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