Sunday, August 21, 2011

TEM EYOS KI - 7" - 2000

    I went to a show in Asheville in 1999, not knowing that the bands playing would destroy my mind forever. The bands were SUBMISSION HOLD, ANTI-PRODUCT, THEUSAISAMONSTER, MARGARET MOTHER OF THIEVES and the unfuckwithable TEM EYOS KI. It was kind of a dream show and sometimes I even believe it was too good to be true that all of these bands would converge on this one slimy basement  with a creek running through it all on the same night....but I have the poster to prove it and I'm sure someone somewhere has the pictures.
   For me, TEM EYOS KI destroyed the show and every band after them (which was every band besides MMOT) did their best to top them, but just couldn't do it. TEM EYOS KI had raw power, beauty and so much fucking energy. Their songs sped from raging thrash/metal to utterly triumphant, soaring melodies that get stuck in your head for years.
  Unfortunately, their full LP's power didn't match that of the live show. Their 7"s and their tour CDR got really, really close (by the way, if you have a copy of that, CDR please, please send it to me). Maybe it was economics. Maybe it was the mastering process. Maybe it was a bad day, but I really wish that LP was better.
  This 7" contains my favorite song by them, "Aluminalkalyde" and 3 others that show the range of this band and hints at the utter bonkers-ness of their live show. My friend, Nate Powell, has a VHS tape of them playing at a gazebo in Little Rock that is amazing. I lived with him for a month and seriously watched parts of it almost daily and I'm not really the kind of person who likes to sit around and watch live videos of bands.   Here is one clip from the world wide web:

Play this loud and please go start a band that is just as good or better.

                            Photo by Natalja Kent.
                           Download Tem Eyos Ki 7"

11 comments:

stay punk said...

is this the tour cd you are looking for...
http://mostly.blueskiesabove.us/tunes/tem-eyos-ki/

Harvester said...

Yes! Thank you, mysterious punk.

B. Menace said...

There's an unmastered version of that LP floating around that sounds better. More guitar and less super-loud vocals.

B. Menace said...

Here
http://www.mediafire.com/?jyuzzkdxmww

I still really like the LP even though it's so flat sounding. It's really ambitious and weird.

Harvester said...

Thanks B! I still like the LP too...I guess it was just bad mastering

Joe Bridge said...

F-yeah. I've been looking for that stuff for years, and the 7" is still my most beloved and listened to record. (aside from all my amazing friends bands, of course) They're directness, intelligence, and energy definitely inspired the shape of every band I've been in since I first heard them. Not to mention the shreddin riffage and intense breakdowns.

erik ruin said...

you shd check out Eli & Maralie's current project Human Beast if you haven't already- http://grossdomesticproduct.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/gdp010-humanbeast-queer-marriage/

Harvester said...

I love 'em

Dave Ferner said...

Apparently Im three years late. I can watch the show ( theres John Gerkin!), but no download..

Tim D. said...

https://harlanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tem-eyos-ki-lp-remixed-remastered

finally (as of a year or so ago), a remastered version that kills the LP version.

Worth listening to this updated version!

Harvester said...

YES! Thanks!