EX EYE, the newest instrumental outfit helmed by experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson, has released the second single off their debut album along with an accompanying video. “Xenolith; The Anvil” is a packed with the barreling crescendos and riveting complexities that have quickly become the quartet’s calling card. Stream the Derrick Belcham directed video via NPR at this location.
Commandeered by Stetson on alto and bass saxophones, EX EYE’s unflappable lineup is rounded out by Greg Fox (Liturgy) on drums, Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Ceramic Dog) on synths and Toby Summerfield on guitar. Devoted to creating labyrinthian and emotive music, EX EYE perpetually defy both genre and expectation.
Recorded live at Ismaily’s Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY (Blonde Redhead, Damien Rice, Okkervil River, Son Lux, Pussy Riot), EX EYE’s forthcoming debut flaunts a band that is far beyond the sum of its parts. With each player lending both their own technical prowess and personal idiosyncrasies, each song is a transcendent journey unlike anything that has come before.
Forthcoming live performances are listed below, more news coming soon.
EX EYE Live performances:
June 20 Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
June 21 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
June 22 Calgary, AB @ Sled Island
June 24 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
June 25 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
June 27 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
June 28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Aug 16 Baltimore, MD @The Ottobar
Aug 17 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Aug 18 Brooklyn, NY@ Saint Vitus
Aug 20 Portland, ME @ Space
EX EYE Bio:
EX EYE makes music of power, control, motion and intention; music composed with precise, clockwork intricacy and ecstatic abandon. It is hard, heavy music – aggressive, cathartic, and thrilling. The instruments fluidly exchange roles; melody, harmony, riff, engine, anchor, fuel.
Gathered at renowned, experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson’s behest in 2016, EX EYE consist of Stetson along with Greg Fox (Liturgy) on drums, Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Ceramic Dog) on synths and Toby Summerfield on guitar. Upon their formation, the group appeared at a series of prestigious festivals including Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Red Bull Music Academy (Montreal), CTM Festival (Germany), and Eaux Claires Fest (US).
Their otherworldly live performances and hypnotically heavy rehearsal demos led to their signing with Relapse Records who will release the band’s self-titled debut album this June. Recorded live at EX EYE member Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY (Blonde Redhead, Damien Rice, Okkervil River, Son Lux, Pussy Riot), the debut showcases a band that is without question the sum of its parts, as each player contributes not only their own particular technical prowess and expertise but also their signature compositional character. EX EYE make incredibly complex yet beautifully dramatic and emotive music which eclipses usual expectation of style or genre and takes the listener on an uncharted journey to total transcendence.
Ex Eye Is:
Colin Stetson – Alto & Bass Saxophones
Greg Fox – Drums
Shahzad Ismaily – Synths
Toby Summerfield – Guitar