Stuyedeyed’s debut EP Funeral is a firestorm. It’s a no bars-held, garage rockin’, brain-melter. Funeral and the band that made it don’t give a flying fuck if you can’t take what they have to offer. In fact, if you’re uncomfortable listening to Stuyedeyed’s punk and psych tinged garage sound, you just might be their target audience.
Stuyedeyed, as the names suggests, hails from Brooklyn and is composed of Nelson Antonio Espinal on lead vocals and guitar, Humberto Genao on bass, Luis Ruelas on drums, and Andrea Scanniello on lead guitar. Funeral is their debut release on both King Pizza Records and Greedy Dilettante Records.
I was first introduced to the band a few months ago when I reviewed their second single for the EP, ‘Mr. Policeman.’ I liked it then and I like it even more now. It’s political message and driving bass and guitar lines make it a true hardcore standout on the track listing. Just under two minutes, the song will be over before you can even wrap your mind around the pure lunacy going on in the performances.
The whole EP is filled with crazy performances. Stuyedeyed consistently sounds like they’re on the edge of falling into an abyss of psychedelic chaos but they always manage to keep their songs tight and put together. ‘Cursed’ is a great example of this. Espinal’s vocals combined with the phased out, distorted, and bluesy guitars sound like they’re always on the edge of losing control but the impeccably tight bass line and drums keep the song together.
‘Funeral,’ the first song and title track, is slower than most of the other tracks but it has the same level of intensity as the others do. The lyrics and vocal performance are some of the best on the record. They deal with death and religion as Espinal croons “Repent for your sins / Just as your father did / Drink blood from his cup / We’re all turning to dust.” If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.
‘Pearl,’ the lead single, is a slight change-up from the other tracks. The vocals are cleaner and the band includes a nice dub-esque organ to really get that psych groove going. The EP then finished with ‘Oh My,’ which has a lovely guitar melody in the far right channel and an emptier feel than the rest of the EP. ‘Oh My’ sounds like a high school class song if prom was held at Shea Stadium.
There isn’t a bad track on Funeral. Stuyedeyed’s debut sounds like they’ve been perfecting the art of garage rock for years. Everything, from the production to the performances, sound so live and visceral tat I feel like I’m right there with them at Shea. I’m definitely looking forward to all the great things this band will do in the future.