Danish genre bending hardcore quintet EYES releases its first album Underperformer through Indisciplinarian, a little over two years since the bands self-titled debut EP saw the light of day. The albums ten songs are produced by Tobias Munk Tønder (Église, Drukner), mastered by Jacob Bredahl (Lifesick, I Am Bones) - who also contributes guest vocals on the record - and Jon Gotlev/No Heroes has created the notable artwork.
EYES is made up by five young veterans from the Danish metal and hardcore scene, and Underperformer reflects a combo, that does not worry one bit about what fans, scene, or people in general might think. One senses an artistic kinship with bands such as Daughters, Pissed Jeans and Converge - all bands who started out with a particular sound and have changed and developed their musical vision significantly; something EYES aims for as well - and succeeds in.
Underperformer showcases the bands talent for injecting new life into hardcore with a disregardful (mis)use of the genres many strains and traits through a focused, original songwriting. The aggression is nonetheless present indeed, but always in interplay with challenging and dynamic riffs and arrangements, which relentlessly prevail in capturing, puzzling and entertaining the listener. In its essence, Underperformer is a narrative about becoming an adult and having a hard time adjusting to the role it implies. About feeling discontent with one's self and where one is in life