Brent Eyestone Magic Bullet Records, Highness, Bleach Everything
What is your name and band/label/etc?
I run the Magic Bullet Records label and play in new things called Highness and Bleach Everything.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
- Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods
- Sigur Rós - Valtari
- Moonrise Kingdom - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
I royally slept on Santigold when the first record came out years ago. My friend Kelly played me tracks from the new album at a bonfire earlier in the year and I immediately ran out to buy it. I don't know that Santigold impacted my life necessarily... more along the lines of her music accompanying some really cool moments and great times throughout the year.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
I'll remember 2012 as a year where I was able to orchestrate a scenario whereby I could play music with some of my dearest friends on the planet and collectively pour ourselves into the creation of the albums we've always wanted to make.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
On the label end, we've got more Christie Front Drive reissues, new This Will Destroy You titles, a new Boy Sets Fire album, more from Integrity and affiliates, a reissue of Gehenna's first album (in coordination with the great A389 Recordings), and plenty of great stuff to be announced later.
Personally, the Highness debut album "Hold" will be out in February or March. This is a band I do with Eric Richter from Christie Front Drive, Ryan Parrish (formerly of Darkest Hour, also in Iron Reagan and Suppression), Graham Scala (played with me in Forensics), and Brandon Evans (Ghastly City Sleep, formerly in City of Caterpillar and pg.99). We recorded it with Andrew Schneider in Brooklyn and it's something we're all very happy with. Sonically, expect heavy melody, for lack of a better descriptor. Eric sings most of the songs, so there's an actual silver lining over the top of the sturm and drang that the members of this group typically emit in past works.
After that, we're going to hurl a band called Bleach Everything at the collective sternum of all things musical. That's a super violent and ignorant burst of id that I share with Ryan and Graham (dudes from above) and Kelly Posadas from Jesuit. With that band, they just hand me a microphone and I usually try to kill things with my face.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
I've been listening to demos that This Will Destroy You have been recording throughout the year. The next one is really going to be something great.
Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?
As long as entitled white people keep overpopulating the planet with their entitled white offspring that refuse to mow lawns and wash dishes (because panhandling online apparently doesn't leave side effects of indignity), you're going to continue to see the most embarrassingly entitled shit possible on the internet when it comes to music and the arts. The failure of punk and independent music and the DIY spirit was the propagation of the mantra "anyone can do it." Well, they heard you... and now "independent music" is the room-temperature side of Canadian beef beneath the E. Coli of all these turd bands, staffed by the worst in pig-people.