NEW ALBUM: Three of a Kind
About the Band
MMaterialeyes are a Progressive Rock band based in Yorkshire, England.
The present band was formed in 2016 but it's roots started to grow several years before.
In the wilds of an isolated Yorkshire village stands an ancient hostelry where, almost two hundred years earlier a most vicious murder took place. Two men, who happened upon the same path, came to a small beck, or stream. As the first negotiated the stepping stones, the other grabbed him and slit his throat from ear to ear. The poor man crawled across the fields to the aforementioned inn, blood pouring from his wound. Ever since, any stranger who entered the inn has been met with suspicion.
And so it was when Dave Westmoreland entered the same inn almost two centuries later. The room went silent as the older man entered. After ordering his drink his eyes met with those of Will Lawery.
The two men took stock of each other before one of them spoke the immortal words, "Get your guitar out then, we'll have a jam"!
The seeds were sown. Both Dave and Will share an enthusiasm for progressive rock music. Will being a keen follower of his fellow Yorkshireman Bill Nelson, and Dave having an eclectic fondness of a wide variety of music, not just the traditional 70s prog rock bands like Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but also the modern symphonic prog rock bands which were starting to emerge.
In 2016 fellow tyke, Martyn Howes was invited to jam. Martyn had previously played with Wakefield NWOBHM band Roadster as well as playing in bands along side Al Selway and Gary Pearson of Vardis. Martyn shared a love of prog rock, having been weaned on Focus, Yes and Pink Floyd.
The three men immediately hit it off and Materialeyes was born.
In 2018 their first album "Strange Road" was released. The album contained nine melodic tracks, the last of which A Strange Road lasted over fifteen minutes.
The following year saw Materialeyes creating their "difficult" second album, In Focus. The six tracks on the album were a step closer to their prog rock roots and featured more Hammond organ and Moog synth.
Towards the end of 2019 Dave, Will and Martyn started rehearsing and recording new songs. A great deal was accomplished but then the world was brought to a halt by the modern plague known as the Coronavirus.
Throughout 2020 people had to stay at home and not mix. Musicians could no longer practice, record or perform. Materialeyes were no exception. Luckily, most of the tracks for the third album were recorded.
There was still a huge amount of work to be done, plus mixing and mastering, and artwork. Ideas went back and forth via email and telephone until a final mix was accomplished.
The new album Three of a Kind was released 21 March 2021.
Materialeyes are thrilled to be back at work after over a year of lock-down. Dave, Will and Martyn are back in the studio rehearsing. New ideas are coming thick and fast. It's a real joy to be back doing what we love- creating prog rock music for 2022 and beyond.