Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Local Leak: Eyes of the Elders' "American Man"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Fresh from being mastered, Eyes of the Elders, sent us their new track, "American Man."

Creative Loafing was given exclusive access to this track from the band that somehow seems to get bigger and bigger, yet better and better. They are one of the few acts out there that can, literally, cover all bases and this new song has something very badass about it. But don't let the patriotic title fool you, the lyrics question the warped American Dream more than pushing a Marlboro Man image.


Eyes of the Elders - American Man <-- Click to listen.

Sure, it sounded like a hip-hop version of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" at first but it doesn't take long to realize this one wasn't no cowboy shit. Longtime EOE listeners will notice the rhymes have slowed down and, on this track especially, feel more deliberate.

Eyes of the Elders are a bit of an outlier. You can't call them a rap group. Can't call them a straight up rock or country act either and labeling them alternative would be vague and still not explain their sound. Your safest bet would just be calling them different...in a good way. Their sound works for them and "American Man" is a great example of the layers you can get from them.

They'll be shooting a video for "American Man" during their April 24th show at The Double Door in Charlotte. It'll be a "mini-show" as they shoot the video, starting at 9 p.m., then a "big gig," as their  drummer Jacob Gresham put it, following.

Those unfamiliar with EOE can learn more here. In the meantime, you can check out their most recent album, EOE, on iTunes here and we'll keep you posted on when this track goes up in the store.

You can catch the band live, performing all over North Carolina this month. April 8 in Burlington, April 17 in Greensboro for a Parkinson's fundraiser, as well as the aforementioned show at The Double Door in Charlotte on April 24.

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