New alternative rock band Tired Eyes have shared an intriguing debut track, as well as announcing an EP on the way. “A Place, A Space, A Symphony” comes along with a music video, and is the first taste of In Denial, Force A Smile which releases on 29th June.
Brisbane based, Tired Eyes are Joey Keating (guitar, vocals), Jesse Kampkes (bass, vocals), Judah Kampkes (keys), and Samuel Peacock (drums). While brand new to the scene, the band have been working on their music for some time, referring to “A Place, A Space, A Symphony” as a ‘slow burn’ and sharing that it ‘took a very long time to write’.
In the words of vocalist Joey Keating, “The song was written in a dark time where I couldn’t see a lot of hope or promise for the future. I was always tired and hurting – most days I just felt numb and was searching to feel anything at all. The song is a plead for relief and rest – in the midst of a revolving door of complacency.”
From my listens (and watches) of “A Place, A Space, A Symphony”, this plea for relief comes across to me as a full-bodied thirst for escapism. A goosebump-inspiring desire for freedom washed over me while I listened. While poetic and flowing at times, the song’s lyrics push determined points with repetition and emphasis.
Sweetly sung choruses are moving in their expansive wistfulness, while also carrying a weight of factual impossibility. The track dances the line between thirsting for fantasy and being hit hard by reality.
“I wish I could sleep and never wake up, never wake up”
The spoken word and driving feel of the song’s verses take the feel of something very intimate that we’re being allowed to be part of. As a gritty guitar focus leads us into the bridge, an even more raw expression of frustration/desire/fear is more apparent. The tension is soon soothed by sombre and delicate keys hanging in the air as the track comes to a close.
Captured in its dark, layered, and semi-out-of-reality music video (the creation of Nick Hargans Media), “A Place, A Space, A Symphony” seems to be an anthem of the confined who passionately crave release. Feeling very real as well as tinged with fantasy, this debut from Tired Eyes is an impressive one.
Watch the music video below. We’ve also added “A Place, A Space, A Symphony” to our Spotify playlist HERE.