BIOGRAPHY

Seattle experimentalists NEWAXEYES play with tension and contradictions. Merging dark electronics, crystalline guitar melodies, pummeling beats and samples to refract the volatility, paranoia, and catharsis of the post-Information Age, the band spins carefully orchestrated and recklessly warped instrumentals into something entirely their own. 

Their debut full-length, BLACK FAX, recorded live to tape over the course of two days and produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room), is a testament to the band’s genre-agnostic approach to music. Collaborating since 2013, Jordan Rundle (Bass/Synths/Sampler), Bret Gardín (Electronic drums/Synths), Tyler Coray (Guitar/Sampler), and William Hayes (Guitar/Synths) draw inspiration from a wide variety of places and seamlessly merge them into songs that are as abrasive as they are cinematic.

Members of NEWAXEYES have played guitars on Jóhann Jóhannson’s score to Panos Cosmatos' (Beyond the Black Rainbow) forthcoming film Mandy (2018), the newest Myrkur album Mareridt (2017, Relapse Records), toured as live keyboardist of Wolves in the Throne Room, and contributed electronic drums to post-punk pioneers Sort Sol’s Stor Langsom Stjerne (2017, Sony). 

Biography

Seattle’s NEWAXEYES plays with tensions and contradictions. Merging dark electronics, crystalline guitar melodies, pummeling beats and samples to refract the volatility, paranoia, and catharsis of the post-Information Age, the band spins carefully orchestrated and recklessly warped instrumentals into something entirely their own. 

Their debut album, BLACK FAX, recorded live to tape over the course of two days and produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room), is a testament to the band’s genre-agnostic approach to music. A quartet of skilled multi-instrumentalists, Jordan Rundle (Bass/Synths/Sampler), Bret Gardín (Electronic drums/Synths), Tyler Coray (Guitar/Sampler), and William Hayes (Guitar/Synths), draw inspiration from a wide variety of places and seamlessly merge them into songs that are as abrasive as they are cinematic.

 

Since forming in 2013, NEWAXEYES has pursued a diverse range of projects within and beyond a traditional band structure. Versatile performers with backgrounds in modern composition, sound design, film and visual art, their wide-angle vision has encompassed various multimedia projects, art collaborations, and large-scale works - including 2015’s The 8th Passenger, a 2-hour-long live rescoring of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic ‘Alien’, performed to a sold-out theater.

 

Members of NEWAXEYES have toured as live keyboardist of Wolves in the Throne Room, recorded guitars on the newest Myrkur album Mareridt (2017, Relapse Records) and contributed electronic drums on post-punk pioneers Sort Sol’s Stor Langsom Stjerne (2017, Sony).

PRESS

On their debut debut album, Black Fax (Important Records, March 16, 2018): “An 11-track confluence of brooding rock majesty and chthonic, abstract-electronic expressionism, the record refines the local quartet’s tumultuous improvisational live performances into gathering-storm soundscapes and meditative Eno-esque art songs, a free-floating uneasiness coursing through the record’s DNA. They’re not only one of Seattle’s best bands, but one of America’s, as well.”
Dave Segal, 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

“… a bracing fusion of samples, doom-y squalls, and caustic beats. 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