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The Waking Eyes

Video Sound (Coalition Entertaiment/Warner)

Review By David Bronk


Video Sound is the major label debut from Manitobans The Waking Eyes. The foursome formed from the remains of local Winnipeg favorites The Pets and Novillero and signed with Coalition Entertainment soon after. After listening to the first single, “Watch Your Money”, I was expecting another garage-rock flash in the pan. However, as I persevered I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this album wails. I was most impressed by the band’s ability to produce a varied sound using solid power chords and classic-rock riffs. Conversely, they create a darker punk rock energy through the second track, “Beginning”. The Waking Eyes produce a sound echoing the melodic sensibilities of the Beatles while maintaining the harder edge of an Iggy and the Stooges. Video Sound is sure to please those who appreciate solid, straight-up rock ‘n’ roll.