You spend all your life thinking others are expecting things from you.
“You do not have to be good,” goes my favourite line from Mary Oliver’s poem Wild Geese. “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”
It’s been a long road for all the members of SkyEyes, formerly Big Bang Blues.
Two band members held a day job, they finally realised they did not want that road.
and when they all got together, it was as a band with a former identity as a blues band.
Till they realised, hey, that’s not my sound. It’s so easy when the weight of others’ expectations is lifted from you.
It’s the sound of SkyEyes vocalist Diyo’s Last Train going home after quitting a 9-to-5 job. Now it’s a song on SkyEyes’ debut album.
“Too many questions on my mind,
but it’s better than too many year gone by.”
Here’s a sneak tour of the North India Tour of the Album with the music:
The three other titles on the 44-minute EP are all from the same source: a freedom that arises from a feeling they are following within, and they do this together, as a band. SkyEyes does not conform to the market – this/these ain’t a love song – and they don’t conform to one brand – their blues sound is packed away neatly in another outfit called “The Big Bang Blues Band”.
SkyEyes is the sound that comes to the band when no other eyes are watching, when your ears are turned to that inner sound and you’re listening to yourself.And now they’ve finally found that sound together: Diyatom Deb on the vocals, Akhil Kumar on percussions, Sushant Kumar on guitars and Barun Sinha on bass guitar.Perhaps you too would have sung the song “Betrayal” with all its clang and clamour like a lover’s spat. Perhaps you too would have that plaintive note in the Letter to my Father where you answer that you cannot answer to their expectations. Perhaps you too have the track of that Mad Man’s Tale playing in your mind, as you look around the world and you think what? What? What is happening?
It’s a short life after all, and we don’t know which one will be our last train home. It would be nicer if it were from a place where hard work and having fun were all the same to you.
You only get a sound so free with a lot of work.
That’s why SkyEyes got the very best backing them. Producer Dan Swift, who worked with some big names like The Passenger and Snow Patrol, worked on the album with them along with John Davis who has also mastered Led Zepellin and U2 tracks. Now that’s a lot of big names in one paragraph, but that is what can happen when you expect the very best from yourself.
That’s when you give your very best, because it’s the only thing you can give.
In Mary Oliver’s poem, it’s the screechy sound of geese welcoming you belonging into the world.
Here’s introducting that honesty-meets-hard-work sound on OkListen, worldwide today