The Blind Eyes: cool inside but hot out herre.
Jennifer Silverberg
The Blind Eyes: cool inside but hot out herre.


The Blind Eyes
9 p.m. Friday, March 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street. $7 21-plus, $10 under 21. 314-535-0353.

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The band deftly combines ragged sonics and polished structures. Modernity has the right amount of fuzz and grit on vocals and riffs to make its tunes sound like dusty 45-RPM gems; solid songwriting adds to the timeless mood. "I like it when other people are rough-sounding, but I don't know — that music training kicks in," Porter says. "Plenty of singers I like sing a little off-key. I'm like, 'Wow, that's really cool,' but I can't do it. I have to sing a melody. When we need shouting, I call upon Kevin." In fact, Porter cites Orange Juice's skiffling Scot-pop classic "Falling and Laughing" as an influence. "It's more sophisticated than early punk, but it's still kind of rough around the edges," he says. "It's melodic, but [OJ vocalist Edwyn Collins is] not really a great singer. It has that punk ethos, but the music doesn't sound like the Sex Pistols."

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