It's been four years since Winnipeg's the Waking Eyes released their last album, and they unleash an arsenal of pent-up creativity on their third full-length, Holding On To Whatever It Is.
Clearly averse to being pigeonholed, the four-piece presents 12 overwhelmingly uptempo tunes that traverse far-flung landscapes: 80s dance pop, neo-psychedelia, in-your-face heavy metal, straight-up indie rock.
Despite the diversity, the album retains a cohesive feel, partly due to the impassioned singing of Matt Peters and Rusty Matyas, who sound eerily similar. The intensity, though, gets a little exhausting. Highlights include Wolves At The Door, which has impressive sophistication, and Keeps Me Coming Back, featuring a harmonic guitar solo à la Iron Maiden.
Catch the Waking Eyes' three-night El Mocambo run November 6, 13 and 20.