Ears Wide Open: Tombstones in Their Eyes

Tombstones in Their Eyes (Photo by Karin Johansson)

Tombstones in Their Eyes yields the acronym TITE, so besides the band’s majestically swirling, sumptuously stoned shoegaze music, they have that going for them.

The Los Angeles rockers today released a new EP, “A Higher Place,” via Josie Cotton’s Kitten Robot Records. It’s the follow-up to last year’s album “Looking for a Light” and, incrementally, a move toward the melody-first approach of ’90s shoegaze.

Says singer-guitarist John Treanor: “I love singing, and now, instead of 10 layers of fuzz guitar, it can be six layers of harmonies on some songs, although we still do a lot of fuzz guitar.”

Treanor, joined on this EP by a lineup of guitarists Paul Boutin and Phil Cobb, bassist Nic Nifoussi, drummer Stephen Striegel and vocalist Courtney Davies, worked with producer-engineer-musician Paul Roessler (Nina Hagen, Josie Cotton, among others) and New York-based James Cooper on the recordings.

Three-way harmonies on “I Know Why” prove an inviting introduction to the EP, and tracks such as “I’m Not Living in Fear” and “The River” rely on a narcotic drone to soothe their downcast themes. Overall, the six-song “A Higher Place” joins the canon of immersive music offering passage to a different place, or at least an anodyne for the one we’re stuck in.

||| Watch: The video for “I Know Why”

||| Also: Stream “A Higher Place” in its entirety