The Band of the Eye

About The Band

In 2007, an Irish youth living in the UK attempted to name a group Full Intercourse. He was prevented from doing so, and The Band of the Eye was born. Proclaiming itself ‘here to win your hearts and interfere with your daughters’, The Band of the Eye emerged with a hard rock sound onto an English music scene fixated with flaccid indie-pop.

Progress was made from the offset. The toilet-venue tour led to better venues, and an early demo got the band international exposure as it worked meticulously to find people to play the music on radio, college stations, podcasts and internet shows. A track was used on the compilation CD included with Alternative magazine. Favourable reviews began to appear too: ‘amped-up gutter riffs’ and ‘neo-grunge’ declared the journalists. Here was a band that – without having anything so preposterous as a message – was singing songs that were about something, and they shouted enough to sound like they meant it.

In early 2008 The Band of the Eye’s first demo was heard by producer Paul Tipler (Placebo, Stereolab, Idlewild, 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster). Tipler recorded 3 songs for the band, from which ‘Dress-Down Day’, their first single, was released by excellent indie label Shifty Disco. Airplay, interviews and features increased in standing, including various BBC shows and a featured band week on XFM. It was decided that the band should record an album, so late in 2008 they went back to London to record more material with Tipler. Emerging from the studio, the title chosen for the album was Maximum Fisting. Realising that DJ’s might refuse to utter this title, Contagious Ignorance was settled on instead.

New single, 'Why You Are so Awful', out 20 April 2010.