By Philip Sayblack
Independent rock outfit One Gun Shy will soon release its latest album Eye of the Storm to the masses. While the band prepares for the album’s release, it is streaming the album’s lead single ‘Eye of the Storm’ via its website. The song is a strong first impression from the band in regards to what it gives audiences to expect from Eye of the Storm. That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement. Its lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement. The song’s production rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own way to the song’s overall presentation. All things considered, the song does plenty in itself to build anticipation for Eye of the Storm. It will soon be accompanied by a video that the band is currently finishing.
‘Eye of the Storm’ is a solid new effort from One Gun Shy. It does plenty to build anticipation for Eye of the Storm. That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement. The song’s arrangement is a heavy, guitar-driven composition that will appeal to fans of Theory of a Deadman, Soil, Three Days Grace, Shinedown and other similar acts. That sounds like quite a spread, but comparing the bands’ sounds shows that it is in reality not such a stretch. It is an infectious, up-tempo composition that wastes no time getting audiences’ fists pumping. Just as interesting to note is the harmony created through the pairing of guitarists Michael David and Neirah Hart with bassist David Leighton. That harmony is (in this critic’s view) what really forms the arrangement’s foundation. The addition of drummer Chris Womble’s time keeping strengthens that foundation even more. When the whole of those parts is considered as one, the end result proves t be an arrangement that is certain to become one of Eye of the Storm’s stand out songs if only for its musical element. Of course its musical arrangement is not its only key elements. Its lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement.
The lyrical content of ‘Eye of the Storm’ is centered on a topic to which so many listeners can relate—the matter of the fear of being hurt in relationships. Womble noted in an interview that the song’s subject focuses on the attempt to win another person’s heart while having that fear of being hurt in the process. That is made clear as Hart sings in the song’s lead verse, “When you’re near me I lose control and it feels like I’m falling again/Down a spiral staircase to your soul/And I’m begging you let me in/Everytime I fall into your eyes I’m home again/Tell me, tell me I need to know/If you feel it/Do you feel it too?” Here is someone (who could be male or female) confessing those deep emotions to the other person, yet being tentative at the same time. He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I don’t want to break your heart/But believe me I can’t take it/I don’t want to change your mind/But it always comes to this/Believe me.” This is an even more interesting set of lines. It leads one to believe that maybe this is that second person responding to the first, trying not to hurt the first person. On the other hand, it could also still be that first person confessing to the second. Either way, the discussion being had in these verses (and the song’s chorus) is impacting in and of itself. When it is joined with the energy exuded in the song’s musical arrangement, it becomes even more impacting. The pairing of the two elements together makes the song in whole a work that is certain to touch listeners of any age deeply. Keeping this in mind, the song proves clearly why it is a solid first impression for Eye of the Storm. Even with that in mind, there is still one more element to examine in this song—its production values.
The production values presented in the song give the song its finishing touch. Listeners will note the expert fashion in which each of the song’s elements are balanced throughout its nearly four-minute run time. From start to finish none of the lines overpower each other at any point. Even with the effects added to Hart’s vocals, it is not overly difficult to decipher what he is saying. There is some slight difficulty, but it is minimal compared to the difficulty of understanding other bands’ vocalists when effects are added to their parts. Considering this and the balance between his part of those of his fellow band members, the overall balance presented in the song’s production adds one last positive to its presentation. That being the case, the combination of those elements together proves once again why this song is such a solid first impression for Eye of the Storm and why there is plenty more positive for audiences to anticipate when this record *ahem* rises. Yes, that bad pun was intended.
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