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The best kept secret in music


"Creativity Unites The Eyes Divide"

The old adage about writing what you know strongly applies to Steve Venner and his indie-rock band, The Eyes Divide.

"The one thing we sat down and decided as a band was that we didn't want songs to come from fiction," said Venner, the group's lyricist and guitarist. "It seems there are a lot of bands that write things they don't have true feelings for."

Venner, 18, of Howell, said his song lyrics are vignettes of his life, often dealing with such topics as heartache, friends and girls.

"The style that I've gone to do it in has become more indirect," he said. "I use a lot of figurative language."

To Venner, who provides backing vocals, it's not at all strange that his words are sung by someone else in the band.

"Chris' voice is a lot sweeter than mine," he said of lead singer and bassist Chris Rearick, 16, of Farmingdale. "It really comes down to the voice."

In addition to Rearick and Venner, the band includes lead guitarist Evan Taparata, 17, and drummer Erik Lindstrom, 16, both of Howell.

Venner and Rearick began playing together about four years ago in another band. Through time, as well as some lineup changes, the band grew into The Eyes Divide. Lindstrom joined in the summer of 2002, while Taparata came aboard in June of last year.

The Eyes Divide is set to release a four-song, self-titled compact disc in the next couple weeks.

"I couldn't be happier with it," Lindstrom said of the recording. "It's a trip hearing your own songs."

Rearick agreed.

"It came out really well," he said. "We want more people to hear us."

But Venner said listeners should not expect any fancy studio tricks, which enhance the band's sound.

"We just wanted to capture our natural sound," he said. "We weren't interested in much production or cool effects."

The CD will be available at the band's shows or through mail-order.

The Eyes Divide rehearse a few times a week at Lindstrom's house.

"Luckily, I live on a back road, so there aren't a whole lot of neighbors," he said.

For The Eyes Divide, writing a song can be a lengthy task, Lindstrom said, given the varied musical interests.

"Writing a song for us is kind of difficult," he said. "Having everyone with different influences can work out, but it can also push you back."

The Eyes Divide has performed at venues such as Club Krome in South Amboy and The Clarksburg Inn in Millstone.

For the members of The Eyes Divide, music is more than a hobby.

"It's all what we love doing," Venner said. "We'd like to find a way to always keep it involved in our lives."

"We're all dedicated," Rearick said. "I have a feeling it's going to go well for us."

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By John Majeski, Staff Writer
- The Islander, the Asbury Park Press

"Self-Titled E.P. Review"

The Eyes Divide, self titled debut EP. A work of art and beauty. A great indie rock cd, I love this cd very much. I was waiting for this cd for a long time. And Its finally out and I am greatful I am listening to it and reviewing it. The Eyes Divide really dont sound like any band to me. People ask me "Who do The Eyes Divide sound like?" I say "Like The Eyes Divide". The one song "Straight To Number Five With A Bullet", my absolute favorite song on the cd. The vocals were done beautifully. The instruments didn't stand out much on this song it was just the singers voice, the song starts out with a soft whisper then is breaks off into singing for the chorus. Also, the guitars and drums. The drummer sounded like he was pounding very hard and the guitars were just awesome. Its not that it was anything hard, it was the fact that the guitars went perfectly with the song. Another good song on this cd was track number 3 "Horizon", It started out as a fast song, but then it got really slow and the singer breaks into his whisper again. Then when it goes into the chorus it picks up the pace a little bit.

Standout Tracks:
"Straight To Number Five With A Bullet"
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Self-Released Winter 2003 Demo
1. The Center Cannot Hold
2. This Horizon (All I Know)
3. Untitled

Self-Released/Self-Titled Summer 2004 E.P.
1. The Center Cannot Hold
2. Straight to Number Five (With a Bullet)
3. Horizon
4. Absence vs. Presence

Summer 2005 Sessions
1. Where I Live
2. Action Movie Dialogue (unreleased)
3. If We Knew the Answer, We Would Tell the World (unreleased)

The following songs can be streamed and downloaded for free at our PureVolume page.
1. The Center Cannot Hold
2. Absence vs. Presence
3. Where I Live


Feeling a bit camera shy


Formed in the fall of 2002, after the decline of Steve and Chris' first band, The Eyes Divide are a rock group from Monmouth County New Jersey. Reflecting not the music of any one scene but rather the tastes and feelings of it's members, the band has developed a strong following in their hometown as well as in surrounding areas by playing catchy, yet, sophisticated music in the vein of legendary acts like The Who and contemporary artists such as Saves the Day and Brand New. In the winter of 2003 The Eyes Divide recorded an E.P. which featured four of their earliest songs. The self titled disc was indepently released by the band in June of 2004 and warmly recieved by fans and critics alike. For the past year this hardworking group has been promoting their music in hopes that they will one day make their mark nationally.