Seattle quartet Newaxeyes takes a genre-agnostic approach to songcraft. Melding wide-ranging influences and styles, they fuse diverse samples, guitar squalls, and caustic beats to create pieces that refract the frenzied information assault of our time. Their mercurial sound is tinged with the paranoia, volatility, and catharsis of the present. Since forming in 2013, the members of Newaxeyes have pooled their distinctive abilities and tastes into collective expressions of the post-Information Age.
Early in their career, Newaxeyes joined arts collective The Pendleton House for a week-long residency in Baltimore, MD, culminating in a joint performance at the 2013 High Zero Fesival. 2014 saw the release of the band’s debut 12” single, “Assange / Church”. In 2015, Newaxeyes composed and performed a new original live score to the 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien, as well as an hour-long live performance on KEXP radio’s Sonarchy program.
“Their sound is a bleakly post-modern collage of influences and inferences, always threatening to unspool, but kept together through artful stitching and bloody-minded purpose.” —Kyle Fleck, The Stranger
“Newaxeyes don’t really sound like anybody else in Seattle… They use samplers, crazy distorted synth drums, gut shaking digital low-end, and gorgeous guitar melodies (that often descend into chaos) to make this music that sounds like the internet holding a funeral dirge for the death of humankind.” —Kelton Sears, Seattle Weekly
On their release “The 8th Passenger”: “Last year at Northwest Film Forum, Seattle quartet Newaxeyes performed a live soundtrack for Ridley Scott’s classic Alien; they did the 1979 sci-fi horror film justice, and then some…Newaxeyes’ score vividly captures the godforsaken foreboding and nerve-racking claustrophobia that permeate Alien—as well as including some interludes of forlorn beauty. The band displays a masterly command of dynamics and textures that out-scare (out-Skerritt?) the work of original soundtracker Jerry Goldsmith. The 8th Passenger could be the start of a long, rewarding career in cinema for Newaxeyes.” - Dave Segal, The Stranger
On their release “Assange/Church”: “This is certainly one of the most hard-to-pin-down releases I have listened to this year…[Assange is] a grim techno trip with a crystalline guitar line as the main guide. Just as intriguing is the slightly dissonant closer, “Church”, which starts off with a chirping synth wading through choppy bursts of noise and growling guitar, then abruptly transitions into a weird, murky hip-hop beat. This collective can sculpt left-of-center noise into something danceable.” -Foreign Accents