This past Saturday May 5th at the legendary Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester, Swarm of Eyes gave (according to lead singer Randy Carter) “the hands-down best show we’ve ever played” (which, coming from Randy, is like saying “Hey! I almost passed the 5th grade!”).
Ralph’s was packed to near-capacity for The River Neva’s release party and video shoot for their single, “Night of the Long Knives.” Swarm of Eyes joined such bands as Acaro, Sabado Gigante, Seven Minute Stagger, and The Black Heart Epidemic in performing live at the release party celebrating The River Neva’s debut disc, Chemistry of Holocaust.
Swarm of Eyes played a solid set, highlighted by a brutal mosh pit during the song “Warzone,” which is fast-becoming a live crowd favorite. The Eyes guys were joined onstage by Acaro’s Chris Harrell on their cover of “Skulls” by The Misfits and (again) on a cover of The Ramones’ classic, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Karen Gizzie of Still Aggravated also joined Harrell and Swarm of Eyes on “Blitzkrieg Bop,” the band’s final song of their set.
Throughout the night, The River Neva raffled off numerous prizes, including a Schecter guitar and a Swarm of Eyes t-shirt/CD combo package.
It was a tremendous night of not just great, new, original music by an extremely talented group of bands, but the support these bands on the New England scene have for one another is even more astounding. Swarm of Eyes was happy to be a part of such a terrific show, and for all of the new fans and friends they met and made that night.
Swarm of Eyes looks forward to playing for their fans at a string of upcoming shows which have been slated for the summer months ahead. New dates can be found on the band’s tour page — with a more surprises and details to come! Stay tuned!
On Saturday night, April 28, 2012, Swarm of Eyes added yet another successful gig to their growing list of crowd-pleasing shows. The band made metal magic at The Beachcomber in Quincy, MA, sharing the bill with Ratchaburi (featuring SOE drummer Tommy Burke), Sweet Destruction, and Server.
In addition to debuting two new songs (“Warzone” and “Teeth of the Serpent”) from their album to their live set, Swarm of Eyes performed covers of The Misfits’ “Skulls” and The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” As a surprise highlight, the Eyes guys were joined on vocals by Chris Harrell of Acaro and Tony DeMauro of Sweet Destruction.
Another highlight of the show was SOE vocalist Randy valiantly battling back barf after eating an entire bag of potato chips before taking the stage.
If you missed all the fun of the Beachcomber show, you can make up for lost time by checking out Swarm of Eyes at Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester, MA. SOE joins Acaro, Sabado Gigante, Seven Minute Stagger, and The Black Heart Epidemic at The River Neva’s album release party and video shoot. The event is open to fans 21 years of age or older. Doors open at 7pm with show time at 8:30pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 via The River Neva’s webstore or are $12 at the door. The price of admission also includes a copy of The River Neva’s debut disc, Chemistry of Holocaust.
Come check out the show Saturday May 5th, celebrate The River Neva’s debut album, and see a ton of great bands gathered together on one bill! And hey! Since it will be Cinco De Mayo, maybe Randy will try not to puke up an enchilada on stage in lieu of potato chips! Does it get any better!?
Metal website Thrash N’ Bang caught up with Swarm of Eyes at the band’s most recent live show. Thrash N’ Bang’s singlularly-monikered Slimedog sat down with the Eyes guys to chat about everything from how the band came together, who contributes the most, and how lead singer Randy Carter gets his hair so gosh-darn pretty. The entire interview can be read here.
Thrash N’ Bang were also on-hand to see the band at The Lucky Dog on January 28th, 2012. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch SOE that night, experience a sliver of the magic through the site’s co-creator Andy Bang’s review of the live show, which also featured The River Neva, Sweet Destruction, Ratchaburi, and Supernaut on the bill, as well.
Swarm of Eyes would like to thank Thrash N’ Bang for all of the love they’ve sent the band’s way. We really appreciate it and love Andy Bang and Slimedog back… In a totally hetero, metal comrades-in-arms kind of way!
Swarmies, please show some love to Thrash N’ Bang and check out all of the stellar news, reviews, and interviews (Hey! That rhymes!) available on their site. Do it! NOW!