Early Eyes

It’s a foreboding time to make pop music. But like a sunbeam peering through a haze of wildfire smoke, Early Eyes have somehow persevered through dashed dreams, fractured relationships, historic social justice uprisings in their own hometown, and a society tearing apart at the seams to make an album that is both responsive to the chaos and wearily optimistic.

“It almost feels like Look Alive! is a direct response to the pandemic,” bandleader Jake Berglove reflects. “It was like, oh, my goodness, all of our capitalist anxieties just came true! We took all of that anxiety and angry energy and put it into making a really fucked up album.”

“The album was not just an expression of all of our frustrations, but also an escape from it,” adds guitarist Joe Villano. “And I feel like the process of making it really carried us through the year.”

Look Alive! vibrates with angst, punctuated by computerized glitches and disintegrating threads of abandoned melodies that echo in the distance before roaring back to life. A track like “Chemicals” will begin with Early Eyes’ signature buoyant and catchy pop-rock, but as the song progresses it grows more ominous before shattering apart in an earthquake of rattling, subterranean bass.

Early Eyes signed to Epitaph Records in January 2020 and put out their first singles with the label that march—just as the pandemic brought the entire music industry screeching to a halt. As weeks turned into months, and as their city of Minneapolis imploded in a catastrophic moment of fury, grief, and protest, the band alternated between doing what they could to support mutual aid efforts and holing up in the studio to channel their complicated emotions into song. Along the way, they also parted ways with their previous rhythm section, further escalating their sonic reinvention.

“It kind of gave us an entirely new identity,” Jake says. “It almost feels like we’re completely different people. The three of us who were remaining wanted to pursue this new direction with the band and kind of embrace the chaos that comes with living in 2021.” Away from the gaze of the public, they were free to make whatever best captured their mood in the moment. “We would write stuff previously with the understanding that we are writing to play live,” guitarist John O’Brien says. “And then when playing live stopped being a thing that we had to worry about immediately, we were able to approach the songwriting process with a different mindset, being more production oriented, creating impossible textures and sounds.”

Past Shows


Aug
27
th
2022
7th St Entry
Feb
26
th
2022
7th St Entry
Feb
26
th
2022
7th St Entry

Early Eyes and Alien Book Club

'Look Alive!' / 'Desecration of the Whispering Salamander' Co-Release Show
with Lapdogs and killusonline
Jan
21
st
2022
7th St Entry
Jan
21
st
2022
7th St Entry
Oct
30
th
2021
7th St Entry
Oct
30
th
2021
7th St Entry

VIAL and Early Eyes

with 26 BATS! and Alien Book Club
Sep
24
th
2021
7th St Entry
Sep
24
th
2021
7th St Entry

Hellogoodbye

'WOULD IT KILL YOU?' Anniversary Tour
with Early Eyes
Mar
21
st
2020
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Mar
21
st
2020
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Cancelled

Early Eyes

with Keep For Cheap and Lapdogs
Jul
6
th
2019
Bayfront Festival Park
Jul
6
th
2019
Bayfront Festival Park

Trampled by Turtles

with Erik Koskinen, Gaelynn Lea, Early Eyes and more!
Apr
5
th
2019
Fine Line
Apr
5
th
2019
Fine Line

Yam Haus and Early Eyes

with Last Import
Dec
12
th
2018
Turf Club
Dec
12
th
2018
Turf Club

Early Eyes

with Stone Arch Isles and Sleeping Jesus
Nov
2
nd
2018
7th St Entry
Nov
2
nd
2018
7th St Entry

Early Eyes

with Gully Boys and THE HAPPY CHILDREN
Mar
2
nd
2018
7th St Entry
Mar
2
nd
2018
7th St Entry

Early Eyes

with 26 BATS! and Heart to Gold
Jan
5
th
2018
Mainroom
Jan
5
th
2018
Mainroom

FIRST AVENUE’S BEST NEW BANDS OF 2017

with The Bad Man, Blaha, Dwynell Roland and more!
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Eleganza!, Early Eyes, The Bad Man and more!
Jul
31
st
2017
7th St Entry
Jul
31
st
2017
7th St Entry
May
25
th
2017
7th St Entry
May
25
th
2017
7th St Entry

Early Eyes

with THE HAPPY CHILDREN and Sass
Dec
27
th
2016
7th St Entry
Dec
27
th
2016
7th St Entry

The Shackletons

with Early Eyes, NEWSTRANGE and SPOOKY GHOST

More Shows

Nov
16
th
Fine Line

An Evening with
The Infamous Stringdusters

Dec
3
rd
Turf Club

Church of Cash

with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Nov
3
rd
First Avenue

Dark Star Orchestra

Oct
23
rd
7th St Entry

FènixDion

with Kid Dakota and Goon Tribune