ALEC K REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES
The Opposite cuneiform Definitely not your local polka band.
When a band describe their genre as Dada, refencing the avant-garde art movement that set out to challenge and offend the sensibilities of the bourgeoisie, it’s a safe bet it’s not going to be an easy listen. Alec K Redfearn And The Eyesores have grown and shrunk from project to project depending on the demands of their material. This latest iteration of the band for their eighth album is a quartet with Redfearn on accordion, horn player Ann Schattle, bassist Christopher Sadlers and Matt McLaren on drums. It’s the accordion that dominates the music, which can sound like a folk band playing a blend of krautrock and post-rock while drawing influences from Can, Tangerine Dream and Residents. The tracks are built around droning, repetitive accordion riffs, with the other players there to either reinforce the main part or drop in and out to add dynamics. The arrangements and production can be repetitive, so there’s not much to distinguish between The Opposite and Carnivore. Bat In My
Living Room adds more distortion to the accordion while McLaren plays industrial style tom-tom beats. It’s often abrasive and melodically inaccessible, but that seems to be the point.