In 1999, Lowell, MA songsmith Eddy Dyer released his debut album, Explosion Alone, on Boston’s That Promising Seadog Media label. Using only his voice and a lefty acoustic guitar, he created an intricate landscape of sound—combining blues, folk, and good old fashioned punk rock with the spare psychedelic sounds of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.
Dyer has been playing music a long time. Ask anyone in the Lowell music scene and they’ll be sure to have a story to tell—about his punk rock days, or about his youth as a juvenile delinquent pulling pranks around milltown Lowell. When he was a bit older, he traded up his amp for a mandolin and an acoustic guitar, and traded in his prankster days for a nursing career and a dedication to political activism. He moved out of Lowell, and recorded Explosion Alone.
Since then, Dyer has proved to be an extremely prolific musician. His second album, Butterfly Medicine, was released in 2001 on Smokin Moon Records. He recorded two albums with political folk band the Reagan Babies, and one with his latest band, the Walking Shoe Revival—with whom he is currently working on a follow-up. Between studio sessions, he has been actively touring with the Walking Shoe, and has increasingly been attracting attention on the summer festival circuit.
In 2006, seven years after its release, tps Media decided it was the perfect time to reissue Explosion Alone—still a favorite among many of Dyer’s most loyal fans—and introduce the psych-folk masterpiece to a new audience.