Replicant Eyes – Not just Blade Runner targets anymore.
By Anthony Saia
Dark Wave / Post Punk
RIYL: Killing Joke, The Black Queen, :Wumpscut:
Lately, it feels like the music we are sharing falls into a not-so-straightforward genre. Are we breaking genres down too much? Perhaps “alternative” just did not cut it anymore. In fact, it doesn’t. Anyway, the band we have for your today is Replicant Eyes, a dark wave duo from Washington D.C.
Replicant Eyes is comprised of Alejandro Castaño on guitar/electronics, paired with Dan Gonzalez on vocals. If you’re from DC you might know Castaño from his other project The Red Fetish. Or you might not. That’s okay too.
That said, don’t let the sparseness of the duo’s lineup fool you. Sonically there is a lot to unpack on their forthcoming self-titled record. Due out October 19th, the band has featured a couple of tracks you can stream above. Thus far, both make will definitely make your ears groove, but “Snake In The Garden” is reminiscent of the early days of Dark Wave – especially Killing Joke. Only, perhaps just a little darker.
Diving deeper, the other track “Here’s Your Vengeance” carries a little more of a post-punk vibe, while still employing some of the same eerie keys we’ve come to expect from the dark wave genre. One might even give this a post-industrial tag, with the grittiness the track contains.
Ultimately, there are a bevy of quick quips regarding Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick, and replicants that I could make here, but the music speaks for itself. Even if you’re not into the genre specifically, I’d give Replicant Eyes and ear bend. I dare say you won’t be disappointed. The songs are moody and have a distinct cadence to them. They would also be killer to stand in front of a giant PA system and let the aural waves wash over you. Dig it.