Best Band to Die in the Past 12 Months

Blind Eyes

We have repeatedly sung the praises of pop-rock quartet Blind Eyes, so it was especially sad to see the band bow out with a farewell performance in March. The group consistently delivered bouncy, danceable guitar rock that managed to be both effortlessly catchy and lyrically incisive. Frontman Seth Porter bent his crooning vocals around both swinging grooves and near-punk blasts of eighth notes in a way that always complemented the melody of the song and brought it together. Blind Eyes also appeared to be climbing to new heights with the late-game addition of guitarist Andy White, who slid perfectly into the group's established sound while bringing welcome lead-guitar heroics to the fold. Last year's World Record EP showed how promising his addition was, but it now remains as a marker of what could have been.

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