PREMIERE: The Living Eyes Return With Rage On New Single ‘Peak Hour Traffic’

THE LIVING EYES by Jamie Wdziekonski.

THE LIVING EYES by Jamie Wdziekonski.

Geelong garage-rockers The Living Eyes might be stuck in traffic, but they certainly know where they’re going. The rowdy DIY four-piece have returned with new music ahead of their Japan tour next month, jumping back in the fast lane for their first release since 2017’s Modern Living.

Insistent drums immediately spark an agitated energy from the very first second - a frustrating journey to work in ‘Peak Hour Traffic’. Lyrically that’s as deep as it gets, a relatable and potentially triggering story given how well they’ve nailed the sound effects. Lead singer Billy Gardner said of the track, “The song is about getting frustrated by peak hour traffic. I live a 15-minute walk from where I walk - but often for different reasons I’ll have to drive to work (to take something bulky etc.) and I gotta give myself 20 minutes to get there in that crazy traffic.” He’s certainly got a point. If only all road related stress ended up in guitar-driven rock that sounded this good.

Brought to life in record time, then mixed by Mikey Young, the track frantically builds towards the end, eventually edging its way through car horns and chaos before closing with the stark simplicity of a slammed door. And just like that, it’s over. All of a sudden, you’re thrust into the upbeat power of their brilliant B-side ‘Almanac’. Organisation at last.

“The recording process was turned around pretty quick for this stuff. Both songs were written a while ago and were just sitting around as demo’s, but we decided at the last minute to record stuff for Japan, so we learnt them one Monday night and then recorded them the following Wednesday night in Geelong. Sent them to Mikey to mix on Thursday and had it pretty much finished by Saturday. Was a refreshingly quick process!” A deservedly smooth sonic journey to counteract the morning commute.

The Peak Hour Traffic 7” is out now via Anti-Fade (Australia) & Episode Sounds (Japan). Time to vent all of your frustrations by pressing play below.

Don’t miss The Living Eyes at their only upcoming Aus show next month. Or if you’re particularly lucky, on their two-week tour of Japan. Full details below:

Saturday 17th August, The Curtin, Melbourne

Wednesday 21st August, Three, Tokyo

Friday 23rd August, Give Me Little More, Matsumoto

Saturday 24th August, Mero Mero Pochi, Kanazawa

Sunday 25th August, Night Wax, Osaka

Tuesday 27th August, Cafe & Bar Gigi, Fukuoka

Thursday 29th August, Kirchherr, Hamamatsu

Friday 30th August, Bar Ripple, Nagoya

Saturday 31st August, Green Apple, Tokyo