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Blue Eyed Jesus / Press

“Playing many of the great rock clubs of Chicago, BEJ have steadily been building a loyal fan base and continue to turn heads with every show. More and more, lovers of the Rock and Roll are coming back to satisfy their cravings for tube amps, heavy-foot drums, and guitar solos straight from the mouth of Godzilla.”

“I am an advocate of bands taking the bull by the horns when it comes to promoting themselves. It’s great to have outside help, but ultimately, if you’re too lazy to promote yourself, why would anyone take the time to seek you out? Let’s admit it, the face of music has changed dramatically and if you’re sitting around waiting to be discovered by some record company mogul I wouldn’t suggest holding your breath. I saw a show post for Blue Eyed Jesus on a facebook group page, I don’t remember which one, because I was seeing Michael Dobervich’s posts on pretty much all of them that I am a part of. I had the nagging feeling like I had heard of this band before and the description “alternative” popped into my head. I have to admit I am sometimes on the fence about alternative music. Not that I don’t like it, I actually love most of it out there, but I have to be in a specific kind of mood for a lot of it.”

“I like high energy music, I admit I am a bit antsy most of the time and tend to hit the ground running so I like the music I listen too to keep up with me. But this Michael guy was a dedicated poster of his stuff and I have great respect for that, and if he was willing to take the time to post, I would take the time to listen, so I remember sitting down and clicking on the link, because Michael wasn’t just posting about upcoming shows, he was putting the music out there. Kudos to him for that, posting your songs on pages that are often primarily made up of other musicians takes guts and extreme belief that you have something good to offer, because you just know the other guys will be dissecting your work.”

“I halfway expected the songs to be good, but possibly make my eyes glaze over halfway through (my preconceived notion that some alternative music is slow and best listened too after consuming a gallon of wine, among other things). My eyes stayed open and so did my ears. Its been about a year since I first discovered BEJ and I still like listening to their songs and no, I didn’t fall into a coma after a few riffs. Quite the opposite, because these guys have a fantastic happy energy to their music, very similar to the Ramones at times or with a quirky edge that puts me in mind of early Cure, and on some of the songs, the vocals have the sarcastic melancholy style of Paul Westerberg. These would all be alternative bands that I really dig all rolled up into one.”

“Chicago garage-y protopunks Blue Eyed Jesus. The trio have absorbed many styles and influences into its music. There’s definitely some blues rock riffs combined with buzzy alternative rock rhythms and plenty of fuzzy vocals. It’s a simple, yet hearty stew.”

“TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011 05 Mar 11 ...can we have some mood lighting... ~ Blue Eyed Jesus Hey, blogspot readers, after last night's incredible, one of a kind show at Reggie's Rock Club, this fearless reviewer was ready for more! SouthSide's next adventure took her back to Elbo Room to get her mojo going with good friends, Machinegun Mojo. This band was excited about rockin' out their extra long set celebrating the sophomoric release of Souvenirs From the Other Side of Here (the follow-up to Machinegun's Fundraising For The Devil). Also performing along with Machinegun were good friends Shrub (look for a review on their Senorita album soon) and Blue Eyed Jesus and The Fingerprints. SouthSide would like to give a "shoutout" to Wags and company of Red City for taking a break from recording to support the bands. Still looking for a bassist, Red promises to return to the stage in a couple of months or so, blogspot readers. ”

“This Jesus (not Ted Neeley of Jesus Christ Superstar) loves to thrill its fans with an exciting rock show, blogspot readers. Yet compared to their last show, SouthSide's good friends Blue Eyed Jesus added more rock umph into not only their vocals but music. For the diehard fans, there was more wicked electric licks and vibrant bass rhythms pulsating throughout the basement lounge to enjoy.”

“For this reviewer, BEJ continued to amaze her ears with the band's intermixing of genres heard amongst their songs. It's their use of edgy guitar hooks and upbeat tempos (even while performing the ballad -Tell Me Again) that fuels the loyal BEJ fans into a fanatic frenzy at each show. They were excited to hear such favorites Hey Beautiful,Long Hard Nights and closer Velvet Years but this band had two new surprises rockin' the stage for them.”

“New song Too Late jumpstarted this set with a loud rip-roaring bang in which SouthSide immediately like the melodic rhythms ...meanwhile Your Time (new song dedicated to the people in Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere) blasted the ears with hardcore guitar rock sound. This rock anthem was the highlighted featured of this performance for the way BEJ had the stage under an electrifying glow. Who knows when and where (Blue Eyed) Jesus will appear on stage again, blogspot readers, but do visit this band http://www.myspace.com/blueeyedjesusband for more information.”

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