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Distant Eyes consists of four Altonians. From left to right, Ian Whitmore, Brett Kutter, Jacob Mreen and Bradley Rutherford. Photo by Samuel Reed

Distant Eyes consists of four Altonians. From left to right, Ian Whitmore, Brett Kutter, Jacob Mreen and Bradley Rutherford.
Photo by Samuel Reed

This Halloween, Alton-based band Distant Eyes is having their first release. Guitarist Brett Kutter describes the band as comfortably in the post-hardcore realm with borrowed textures from post-rock and shoegaze.

He and drummer Ian Whitmore began the band two years ago, and later attracted members Jacob Mreen and Bradley Rutherford with camaraderie. Kutter expressed his concerns with having best friends in the group. It is important that the individuals Kutter loves and trusts to make sound, ethical decisions both in and outside of the band.

When asked about influences, Jacob Mreen said, “As a group, I don’t think there are too many bands we actually all like together. That helps inform our music in a lot of ways.”

Individually, inspiration stems from artists including The Smiths, Sunny Day Real Estate and Between the Buried and Me; Distant Eyes is the combination of each member’s unique interests. Two years in the making, their first album is projected to be released in the spring of 2019. However, we get a preview of their full-length album with the release of “Twentynine Palms.”

Distant Eyes will be playing The Back Room at Bottle & Barrel with The Mindframes, Pioneer Salesmen and DeuceDev at 10 p.m. on Halloween. “Twentynine Palms” will be available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp Oct. 31.

Check out the single on Bandcamp https://distanteyes.bandcamp.com/

Written by Logan Bryant