Filed under: White Eyes
Unlike most bands we discovered in the dusty filing cabinets of Missouri’s shuttered booking agency of note, New Sound Projections, White Eyes had no glossy 8x10s, live stills, or press clippings. Instead, the entire contents of their promotional packet consisted of (1) one ominous logo and (3) three sentences about the group. But we wanted to know more. Following up on this 1-sheet forty years after it was printed proved quite fruitful. Butch Dillon, White Eyes’ drummer, held in his possession perfectly preserved mastertapes of the group’s unreleased original material. The songs speak for themselves.
As we unraveled the White Eyes legacy, we began to visualize obsessively this rag-tag band of long-hairs, barreling down the highway in their 1953 Cadillac Hearse. While in high school, bandmates Butch Dillon and Jimmy Harlow purchased “Black Boris” for its ability to transport a full band and back line. Dillon kept Boris in tip-top condition throughout his teenage years, into the dawn of White Eyes. The ceiling was lined with burgundy satin; the custom rollers—designed for rolling caskets in with ease—worked just as well loading speaker cabinets. It took a few months of digging and calling old friends for Dillon to scrounge up this lo-res photo of Black Boris in action. That the vehicle’s final resting place was in the message field of a printed email only enriches the quirky patina on the band’s resurrected legacy.
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