Animal Eyes is a group of five friends who all grew up together in rural Alaskan towns with populations below 5,000. In that vast space they began the musical exploration that eventually led them to the discovery of their own sound. It also led them to Portland, OR, where they recently recorded their debut album, ‘Found in the Forest’. After touring the West Coast extensively and spending their spare time writing new material, the group returned to the studio to record their newest EP ‘Ursus’. It’s got the folk lyricism and complex rhythms of the first album, but the sound has evolved to embrace rock/dance energy and hip-hop-esque drum beats. Ursus is more intense, but does not sacrifice the dedication to intricately layered guitar/vocal melodies and honest songwriting that helps to characterize the sound of Animal Eyes. Currently, Animal Eyes is recording their next album, touring occasionally, playing shows in Portland/around, and playing with dogs.
“Newly released EP Ursus—Latin for “bear,” harking back to the members’ Alaskan roots—shows the quintet continuing its toothy assault on the standardized rock-’n’-roll format.” -Mark Stock, Willamette Week
Born in Tacoma, WA, Sloucher began as a creative outlet for guitarist/singer/drummer Jay Clancy (Makeup Monsters). The band has since evolved to include guitarist Kyle Musselwhite (The Globes), bassist Allen Trainer (Strange Wilds), and drummer Jack Hamrick (Slushy).