Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Robert from Exploding Eyes - vocals and bass guitar.
What inspired the name, Exploding Eyes?
I’ve kept a list of band names over the years. As soon as a name or what I think might even resemble a band name pops into my head I write it down. I’ve compiled hundreds of names for bands, album titles, Eps, songs titles etc. Some, well actually most are seriously awful! But the name Exploding Eyes just stood out to me. I’ve always loved the name the Flaming Lips so I guess it’s sort of another variation of that name with the emphasis on something nasty happening to your face. Your lips are on fire or your eyes are exploding. So that’s basically were it came from.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
We are here for a good time, not a long time. I don’t really apply that to my work. In fact it actually gets in the way of my work. I think I need to work on a new philosophy for 2017.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
Height, We have roughly a combined height of close to 19ft. I guess for a 3 piece that puts us up there as possibly the tallest in the music industry today?
How would you describe your sound? Do you feel like it reflects you?
I always find that a hard question to answer. I find it difficult because we take inspiration from a lot of places, especially with this band. In the past my bands have been more or less straight up garage rock and/or punk but we try to incorporate psych, prog, hard rock, power pop, art rock, among others, into what we are doing. I’ve just been using the tag Progressive Rock’n’Roll. You can take what you like from that!
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Could you tell us about your music video for, 'We Need Love'? What inspired the work?
The video was made here in Dublin with a friend of ours, Chris Carroll, directing. It’s been a video idea I’d hoped to do with my last two bands but it never happened. Chris managed to get some cool footage from the movie “Koyaanisqatsi” I’d seen green screen clips from the MC5 on German TV in the 60s, some Beat Club performances and stuff like early Pink Floyd TV appearances and just wanted to try something like that. I think Chris did a great job considering we pretty much had to improvise and build a makeshift studio upon discovering the green screen we planned on using was microscopic. Between that and having practically no budget, I consider it a bit of an achievement.
If you had to choose any music album that captures the emotion of your work, what would it be and why?
Wow that’s a tough one! I guess for me it would be the debut album by Andromeda. It’s a 60s acid rock album from a relatively obscure band. The formed from the ashes of 60s freakbeat band The Attack. I think that album definitely resonated with both Al and I in what we wanted to do with this project. I’m not sure it captures the emotion but it’s definitely one that has inspired what we do.
What's one thing that has to do with art that others might not know about you?
I’m quite keen on art history. Especially Dutch and Flemish artists like Vermeer, Bruegel, Rubens etc. I find it all pretty fascinating and I’m especially keen on the theory of the Camera Obscura. It’s great to be able to see works by Vermeer and Bruegel’s son here in Dublin.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
No not really, I find it hard enough to get creative on demand. I find it just comes in unexpected spurts and although you do feel great when it happens it’s hard to “switch on”. So I wouldn’t have any rituals as you never know when something creative is going to happen.
What’s a typical day for you?
Well I work 9 to 5 to pay the bills. But I mainly keep busy and sane by promoting gigs here in Dublin under the name Psychotic Reaction Presents. I juggle that with writing and recording with the band or at home.
Coffee or tea?
At home Tea, at work coffee. So both equally and in large measures.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
We’ve made a good start on our 2nd LP. We’ve completed most of it so we are hoping to polish that off in the next couple of months and start mixing it before the summer. Oh and, of course, release this LP and tour. We’ve also got some shows in Europe planned for later in the year.
What makes you happy?
Smoking, drinking beers and listening to records at home. I’ve been off the cigarettes since January 1st. I’ve cut back on boozing and my record player is currently being repaired. So it’s safe to say I’m not very happy the moment.
Any closing comments?
Buy our album!