Third International, Chemical Eyes + Bonus
August 31, 2012 | by Skope
I had the pleasure of reviewing Third International’s ‘Entre Las Americas’ back in May for Skope (http://skopemag.com/index.php?s=Third+International) and I knew then that this group has got something special. The mastermind behind it all, Andrew Pearson, is back with a single that includes two songs: “Chemical Eyes” and “Good Friday at Little Rock”. This time around Andrew decided to record both tracks on his own while also handling all vocals and instruments. The result is instant success because I feel Third International nailed it on all accounts!
Just as before on ‘Entre Las Americas’ the material is definitely socially & politically conscious except this time around Pearson really wants to open the floodgates of mass communication. What I mean by that is simply for ALL people to not just complain about our problems anymore but actually “Get Up, Stand Up” and have a universal VOICE as ONE! The first single is called “Chemical Eyes” that centers around global warming but really the theme is for each and every person to help by taking direct action toward improving and in the end saving this planet. The song really adds a cool mix of sound and I have to say that vocally, lyrically and musically it made a BIG impact on me. On the next song “Good Friday at Little Rock” you will pick up on some bluesy rock guitar riffs that truly add finesse to the whole picture. This number was actually written as a poem in 1996, which won a New York Times award and was even published in a book of newly recognized American poets that same year! This poem was called “Of Moonlight and Wishes” and now in song form it is “Good Friday at Little Rock”. Andrew Pearson/Third International felt that the timing was perfect for this material to resurface for the good of all mankind.
Speaking in terms of Pearson’s poetic ability, I am highly impressed with how well the songs flow and sound. It feels completely natural from beginning to end and that is exactly how Third International/Andrew Pearson intended it all along. No BS, no lies; just real music with a message and a purpose. But most importantly “Chemical Eyes” and “Good Friday at Little Rock” are meant for YOU to be the VOICE. Third International/Andrew Pearson is ready for change and I’m pretty sure not that fake Obama change that offers absolutely nothing to individuals. Ready…set…GO!!!
By Jimmy Rae (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Artist: Third International
Title: Chemical Eyes/Good Friday at Little Rock
Review by Nick DeRiso
As Third International’s double-sided single “Chemical Eyes/ Good Friday at Little Rock” spins, one thing becomes utterly clear: There’s no round hole to put this square peg.
“Chemical Eyes,” as uncategorized as it is intriguing, could rightly be called a stew of sounds – each of them more palpably dangerous than the next. It boasts an ambling old-west guitar signature, but it’s not country. There’s a gravel-scarred vocal, but it’s not a blues. There’s also a relentless, chest-thumping rhythms, but it’s not dance music.
Third International continues stirring the pot, offering barely heard ruminations on religion, government, empty philosophizers, economic disparities, other well-laid plans that have come undone. The results are not so much menacing, as they are deeply, darkly scarifying. A serrated guitar cuts across this murky landscape, toward the end, then a weirdly transfixing keyboard answers back with a long, dry buzz – and, just like that, “Chemical Eyes” has disappeared over the horizon, like an only half-remembered dream.
Meanwhile, “Good Friday at Little Rock” lurches out with a gurgling, Mark Knopfler-esque riff, set amongst a clattering, scronky rhythm. Again, there’s something close to blues happening here, and something just as mysterious – in its own way – as “Chemical Eyes.” Even as Third International poses more questions about the easy explanations this world provides for complex, maybe unknowable, conundrums, “Good Friday” continues to create its own deeply involving musical enigmas.
Come in without preconceived notions, and these songs will transport you to another place.