"Xray Eyeballs is the sunny, garage-pop alter-ego of guitarist O.J. San Felipe (of Golden Triangle), a lazy-Sunday neo-Nuggets shout-along where a chorus can totally be "Let's all get high" if you want. His band's debut album, Not Nothing (out April 19 via Kanine) has the extroverted hooks of your favorite tri-colored Lookout! vinyl seven-inch, but was recorded via inward-gazing, bongwater-soaked lo-fi mushcore production -- as San Felipe says, "Jeremy Scott has some nice microphone tricks to make me sound like a caveman singing in a cave." Not Nothing's opening track, "Crystal," has flickers of Jay Reatard or Modern English, but it's mostly just a venue for San Felipe to belt cracked Valentines while his GT bandmates Carly Rabalais and Jay High churn along. Though Golden Triangle's glam-sleaze steez and multiple songwriters set them apart from Xray's teddy-bear punk, San Felipe's seems extra pumped to point out one difference: "I get to write love songs."
Xray Eyeballs frontman O.J. San Felipe on "Crystal"
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