Black Eyes Cough on LP
Founded in August 2001, Black Eyes was a Washington, D.C. post-hardcore group who released two influential albums in the early-2000s. The band members had previously worked together in acts like Trooper and the No-Gos before forming Black Eyes. Regularly armed with two drum kits, two basses, and a guitar, the band delivered rhythm-and-groove-loaded, no wave-laced scorch.
Originally issued in May 2004, Cough is the band's second and final release, once again produced by Ian MacKaye and Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios. The album introduced saxophone into the mix and relied more heavily on improvisational and dub influences that were hinted at in their earlier work. Black Eyes broke up shortly before the album was released, at the height of their popularity.
Black Eyes also created a unique live experience as the members made a symmetrical shape on stage, two drummers, one on either side of the stage, two bass players, one at the back and one at the front, and one guitarist in the middle. Their shows were chaotic and often melted down into frenzied, rhythmic jam sessions, with most of the audience partaking in the mayhem by the end of the set.