It's always great to find music for free, and I'll never stop writing about the lesser known, independent artists that have long been a staple of this blog, but I get a real thrill out of it when the music is something I've actually heard before. Recently I was just searching for information about The Trews (read more about them, including how to get a couple of free downloads, at Music Musings) on last.fm and came across a couple of comments about a band called Inward Eye, who have an EP available for free download. Inward Eye have a great song called "Shame" that I've heard on the radio quite a few times now, so of course I had to check out the EP. To my utter surprise and delight, "Shame" is actually included on the EP!
Inward Eye is a trio of very young musicians (with an average of 20) from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They cite artists like The Kinks, The Clash, The Who, Green Day, and the Rolling Stones as influences, and it's easy to hear a lot of these influences in the 4 songs included on the EP. I also hear a bit of Alice Cooper in "Shame", with the verse and prechorus having a bit of a "School's Out" vibe, but the chorus launches the song into another dimension entirely, with a staccato guitar riff and absolutely crazy sounding falsetto vocals. "Blind Paranoia" has more of a punk edge to it, with a great melodic chorus and a bridge that has more out of control vocals and builds in intensity until a couple of bars of hand claps lead back into the chorus. "You Know I Know" seems to be some kind of "progressive punk rock" song - I've never really heard anything like it. It starts off very fast and aggressive, sounding like an old Clash song, before going into a somewhat idiosyncratic bridge, complete with whistling, and later into a slower, Led Zeppelin-like jam to close the song; I can easily envision live performances of this song stretching well beyond the 3 minutes and 45 seconds of the studio version. The final song on the EP, "The Times They Aren't A Changin'", adds synthesizers to the mix to great effect; this is the most Who-like song on the EP, and a great choice for the final song of a debut EP, as it leaves me wanting to hear a whole lot more from these guys.
The EP can be downloaded from Inward Eye's official website; clicking on the FREE EP DOWNLOAD graphic pops up a box where you enter your email address, birthday, and country, along with an option to sign up for Inward Eye email updates. The download is a 25.5 MB zip file containing the 4 songs as 256 kbps MP3s as well as cover artwork. I hope these guys go far - if this EP is any indication, they have loads of talent and energy to spare, and I'm looking forward to hearing a lot more from them. Happy listening!