[Photo by Victoria Bowman]
Philadelphia psychedelic doom trio Wizard Eye have premiered a new track from their upcoming self-titled album at The Obelisk. Titled “Stoneburner”, the new tune is a nearly nine-minute journey through crunchy bass lines and kaleidoscopic, hazy-eyed stoner riffs. Vocalist/guitarist Erik Caplan commented on the new jam:
“I don’t think anyone ever sets out to write a nine-minute song, but this one just blossomed naturally into its final, lengthy form as we indulged our desire to explore some of the places the riff wanted to go…”
“The trippy outro section came as a way to tag the end of the song with a contrasting feeling. The rest of the tune is very structured and stompy, so the idea of a loose, free, psychedelic freak-out at the end felt like a release. This song’s lyrical inspiration came from a documentary about the Ulfberht swords found in Europe and Norway. The idea that these weapons were feared on sight spurred thoughts about what it might be like to be the most bad ass sword known to man. While Freud would most likely have a field day analyzing the phallocentric, immature nature of this concept, I felt obliged to write those lyrics because I am essentially an overgrown teenager, and my band mates enable and encourage this sort of behavior. Consequently, this song gave me an excuse to say things like, ‘More edge/Alive/Have arms/Will thrive/Keen slice/Unreal/Caress/Of Steel,’ which was just too tempting to ignore.”
Check out the track now.