If you were over the moon for Tombstones In Their Eyes’ last release like we were then we’re pretty sure, like us, that the follow up EP that hits soon is really gonna blow yer socks off. Or whatever you put on your feet because not everyone wears socks. But anyway! TITE is back with a neat little follow up that takes the groundwork laid throughout 2021’s Looking For A Light and builds a veritable sonic skyscraper from it. A Higher Place might only be comprised of six tracks but it’s a bountiful blast of titanic textures that unequivocally solidifies Tombstones In Their Eyes’ place amongst the fuzzed out Alternative elite.
Opener “I Know Why” and “I’m Not Living In Fear” are like flip sides to the same coin which are each built on slow, droning hypnotic passages that get denser the deeper within the song listeners get. “I Know Why” is seemingly crafted and plucked straight from an era that gave us Meat Puppets, Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York, and Jar Of Flies as it piles layer upon layer of aural ecstasy beginning with a repeated acoustic refrain that sets the stage for John Treanor’s lush vocal delivery which, on A Higher Place, is accompanied by Courtney Davies whose unique voice transcends and elevates the Tombstones In Their Eye’s sound whenever present. Then there’s “I’m Not Living In Fear” which highlights the powerful rhythm section of bassist Nic Nifoussi and drummer Stephen Striegel amidst the guitar onslaught from Treanor, Phil Cobb, and Paul Boutin with Davies giving a particularly impassioned and all around exquisite verse or two or thee when the waves of sound let up for a spell.
“Dreaming”, despite its’ name, is decidedly more upbeat but still infused with those spacey vox that are synonymous with the TITE sound as wailing guitar sounds lift the track to the heavens while “Hidden In My Eyes” is another mover, shaking and shimmying and generally strutting about with subtle guitar shrieks piercing the murky haze. “This River” closes this latest chapter in the book of Tombstones In Their Eyes with a glistening, somber hummer that floats in the ether while simultaneously wielding a cathartic crunch.
A Higher Place descends on April 26th via Kitten Robot Records. Stay tuned to these spaces here, here, and here to get yours the instant it’s released and then be sure to keep up on all things Tombstones In Their Eyes by following the socials here, here, and here.