On its debut EP, Eighteen Individual Eyes serves up some old-school flavor. The Seattle quartet evokes the dark dreaminess of The Sundays mixed with an angular rock sound that seems particular to the Emerald City. In fact, it's hard not to think of Silkworm (a 1990s Seattle-via-Missoula rock band), especially on "Rosebud Youth," where the minor chords waver with buzzing post-punk.
Eighteen Individual Eyes is comprised of former local Jamie Henkensiefken (aka Jamie Hellgate) formerly of H is for Hellgate, and Irene Barber and Chrysti Harrison of Seattle duo Hungry Pines, plus newly inducted bassist Samantha Wood. Henkensiefken steps back from her usual position as guitarist/singer to play drums, while Barber sings.
And it's quite a change. While Henkensiefken always coupled mathy guitar with burning, powerful vocals, Barber is far more even-keeled and ethereal. And that's fine, but it does cancel out any grittiness. Listening to Barber's vocals is like looking at a perfect butterfly behind glass. Or like floating in a cloudy dream. Not that it's a lifeless recording, but it is distant and with few rough edges to admire.
Eighteen Individual Eyes plays the Palace Saturday, April 24, at 9 PM with Rooster Sauce. $5.