Give the Chicago-based band Mass Shivers credit. Not only is its latest CD Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy short (a mere 29 minutes long) but the band has released one of the more obscure rock recordings of the year. So kudos go out to this band, because it has the guts to spit in the face of the rock world of bloated 70-minute records full of songs that are more filler than killer.
Unfortunately, the raves for Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy have to stop there. Despite the obvious talent of its core members (vocalist Brett Sova, guitarist Ben Mjolsness, and drummer Sean Wilke), the songs here will leave a listener rather disjointed and mystified.
Truth be told, the music on the CD is interesting. Classic rock guitar riffs are heard bubbling under the surface of the songs, and there is an almost tribal vibe to the percussion on the recording. This works great in the opening track “Womanizing Metal Studs” and the saxophone-aided “Mossy Nethers.”
However, the lyrics are mostly forgettable and unclear, detracting greatly from the songs. Case in point: “Because the Sun” uses a constant repetition of the chorus that turns annoying rather quickly.
In the end, the biggest complaint just might be what was mentioned before as a strength–the short duration of the recording. It turns out that it is hard to describe the sounds of Ecstatic Eyes or to figure out the band’s intentions with the release because of its brevity, no matter how many times you listen to it.
By Todd Sikorski