Since Winnipeg's Inward Eye played their first NXNE in 2005, the buzz around this trio of brothers has been huge. Opening for the Who and signing to Arnold Lanni's Coalition management company didn't hurt either. The one thing they were missing, however, was an album to sell. They're still without a full-length, but at least people can pick up this four-track EP and find out what all the fuss is about. The worry was that their live show wouldn't translate to disc, and fans have reason to be concerned.
While the album is full of amped-up Clash-meets-Who rockers, the Lanni touch has hurt the band. The raw energy they exude onstage is tarnished by polished riffs, their grand melodies now sound like they've been given the Simple Plan touch (also a Coalition group), and their originality has been stripped away. Sure, they'll do well commercially, but it's probably best to stick to the live gigs.
Top track: Blind Paranoia
Inward Eye play the Horseshoe February 24.