Numero Group: By The Numbers

Black Boris Rides Again! White Eyes Out 5/12
May 8, 2015, 1:36 pm
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.

White Eyes self-titled debut is available Tuesday, May 12th


White Eyes… Unseen, No Longer.
May 5, 2015, 10:17 am
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Hailing from The Show-Me State, White Eyes lugged their heavy psych and harmony-clad ballads across the Midwest, honing their live set wherever audiences were abundant. Whether it be the famed Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City or the nearest American Legion, the quintet of long-haired bohemians loaded a double bass drum set, a wall of Marshall amplifiers, and a array of acoustic guitars into their 1953 Cadillac hearse to deliver their impeccable stage show across the plains.

Despite years of relentless gigging, White Eyes never caught their break. This previously unissued LP, recorded between the fall of 1969 and 1970, was originally intended as a demo for talent buyers and industry prospectors. Well-crafted arrangements and pro-sounding production make this an exceptional piece of lost psychedelic pop.