Local Indy band Pink Eagles brings experimentation and psychedelia to their 2019 self-titled album.
The past few weeks, we’ve been mostly paying attention to some of the larger bands in the area that were competing in the Battle of the Bands. And while that was good fun, sometimes it’s nice to look for one of the smaller, lesser known groups out there, and shine a light on them for a moment. So we’ll be doing that this week by looking at the Indy band Pink Eagles, and their 2019 self-titled album.
But before we get into the album itself, here’s a little more information on Pink Eagles, for anyone who either hasn’t heard of them, or is just a little curious.
Pink Eagles (the band)
While a lot of local bands like to give themselves a good web presence with multiple social media accounts or a band website, Pink Eagles is not one of them. So since there isn’t much else on them other than than the description on their Bandcamp page, we’ll just go with that.
“Our mission was simple: explore the stars and report back on what we found. But something went wrong. Perhaps it was our AI acting up. Maybe our human nature got the better of us. In any case things didn’t go as planned.
“There WAS something out here, more powerful than we imagined. There was a sonic message for mankind. This is the only message we are able to send, are we reaching?”
Pink Eagles consists of members Jeb Banner (Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Synth), Finn Swingley (Vocals, 6 and 12 String Guitars, Organ, Piano), and Simon Hanstad.
Pink Eagles (the album)
Pink Eagles’ self-titled album opens with “Sky’s Not Blue”, a song we’ve already covered as one of our song’s of the day. But you don’t have to read that whole article to find out the gist of how we feel about it. Mostly, it’s a nice little song that does a good job of setting the tone for the album. Other than that, you can think of it as a hybrid clone between the Flaming Lips and Pink Floyd.
The next track, “Kiss of Death” throws out most of the Pink Floyd influences in lieu of an almost straight up Flaming Lips cover. Don’t get me wrong. I love both Pink Floyd and the Flaming Lips. But hearing this right after “Sky’s Not Blue” makes me think I already know what’s on the rest of the album. I was looking to be pleasantly surprised by the sudden appearance of another genre in this song, and I didn’t get it.
There’s not really one of those surprises until we get to “Yes And No”, more than halfway through the album. This track brings out more of a gritty rock vibe, which Pink Eagles absorb into their own psychedelic, spacey sound. If you ask me, I’d like them to continue to experiment with harsher sounds as a good juxtaposition to their softer, spacier tones. Because it’s effective.
“Crush A Butterfly” also gives us something similar, but after that, Pink Eagles go back to their tried and true sound, finishing up with another soft, spacey track on “Freefall Into the Stars”.
Overall, I think Pink Eagles have a good handle on all the elements of songwriting. The only thing I’d criticize is their adherence to mostly one kind of sound. When you’re listening to spacey, soft, psychedelic tracks over and over, they all start to blend in to one another. My favorite tracks were the ones that took you out of that for a moment, and provided some contrast to the one side of the spectrum that dominates the album. But if you’re smoking the devil’s lettuce and want to put something on while you sit on the porch and think of nothing, you could do worse than this album.
If you enjoyed listening to “Sky’s Not Blue”, you can listen to more from Pink Eagles on Bandcamp.
Finally, for more coverage on the local Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local artists from the Indianapolis community.