Although still young in the game The Naked Eyes have made leaps and bounds in the local music scene. These ....Ogden.... natives started three years ago almost by accident. With inspiration from musician friends they decided to dive headfirst rather then test the waters having no idea of what was to come. The original trio, which featured Andrew Milne (guitar), Jared Phelps (bass, organ) and Sammy Harper (drums), found influences from Van Morrison, Neil Young and Television among others to create their own original style of Hometown Rock ‘n Soul.
Not long after the birth of The Naked Eyes they released their first full length album Free & Easy featuring popular songs like “7 Mile River” and “El Senorita”. The album was recorded live at Mojo’s all-age venue in ....Ogden.... and released fall of 2008. The release of the album sparked a tidal wave of shows throughout ..Ogden.. and ....Salt.. ..Lake..... The growing recognition also provided the opportunity to play Uncle Uncannys, an annual, local music festival.
The following year, with an urge to keep going The Naked Eyes released a 4 track EP titled Spell Talk recorded by Justin Langford at the Great West Saloon. The CD release was announced during their performance for SLUG Magazine’s Localized for the month of April 2009. With the new EP in hand the boys left Ogden and went on their first West Coast tour hitting spots like Seattle, San Francisco and Eureka then back to Salt Lake City where they stayed. Their recognizable handmade merchandise left traces every where they went.
With their new residence in ....Salt Lake City...., The Naked Eyes experience quickly became contagious. The new location established ideas for fresh creation and possibility. In the summer of 2009 they appeared again on the Uncle Uncannys roster as well as the Earth Jam Festival.
Growth became inevitable allowing The Naked Eyes to add a new member, Dylan Roe (guitar, harmonica). The addition helped the band fill out and explore in diverse directions. The change may be more experimental but The Naked Eyes still hold the foundation of timeless rock n’ roll and freedom.
It is easy to spot a Naked Eyes original poster in a local coffee shop or music store advertising an upcoming show. There is no question that The Naked Eyes performance will be as unique as the poster itself. The shows will sometimes feature authentic 60’s oil and color light projections that blend smoothly with the psychedelic theme of the music. With the band connecting with the audience you can always find people dancing and singing along.
The future is bright for The Naked Eyes, who hope to continue growing as a band and as musicians. With ideas bursting out of the seams they plan to record, travel and continue to explore the freedom of expression through music.