On July 7th, Toronto’s Double Eyelid released their debut album, Seven Years, after more than two years of writing and approximately six months of recording. In July of 2012 – exactly two years ago – the band released their first music video and single, “Dead Is Better,” featuring the infamous line from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (“Sometimes, dead is better.”) to warn against returning to destructive relationships. Double Eyelid formed in 2009 for an experimental staging of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Their sound can be described as dark, theatrical electro-rock “that fits somewhere on the musical spectrum between glam and goth.”
The band is made up of Ian Revell on vocals, synth, and drum programming; Karl Mohr (known for his “Dead Red Velvet” project) on guitar, bass, and additional synth and drum programming; and Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip (of the Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra) on piano and organ. On the album, Seven Years, frontman Ian Revell also offers his talents on fretless bass, piano, guitar, and acoustic guitar. The song “She’s Falling” features guest vocals by Jay Draper and the single “Dead Is Better” features violin by Amanda Penner. The album is produced, engineered, and mixed by Ian Revell and Karl Mohr, and mastered at Multibeat Creative in Toronto.
Seven Years features ten beautifully gloomy songs and clocks in at just under fifty minutes in length. Ian Revell’s vehement vocals, Karl Mohr’s strong strings, and Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip’s keen keys create a haunting and unparalleled album in the goth rock category. The album’s title, Seven Years, is taken from a line in the song “The Stranger” that damns the luck of a shattered mirror: “broken mirror, seven years – that’s some kind of luck.” Seven Years is a spooky trip to the cemetery and back, complete with a shovel, dirty fingernails, and a handful of bones. Double Eyelid cites main influences as Roxy Music, Bauhaus, David Bowie, Sex Gang Children, and Edith Piaf.
The first single, “Dead Is Better,” not only serves as the longest track on the album (at six minutes and thirty seconds), but also one of the album’s strongest songs. The music video features the ever-lovely actress and model Lovina Yavari and was directed by up-and-coming horror director Steven Cerritos. The video won a special selection committee award at the Fifth Annual Hamilton Music and Film Festival in 2012. The song is also featured in the end credits of the vampire western film Jezebeth 2: Hour Of The Gun as well as being included in the original motion picture soundtrack distributed through Dark Star Records and Sony Music.
Seven Years is available to stream and purchase now through Double Eyelid’s bandcamp page.
Physical pressings of the album will be available for distribution on or around July 15th.