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Eye Witness is the indie-folk duo of Milo and Rainy. They hail from West Boylston, MA and are frequenters of the music scene in Worcester MA and parts beyond. They have stories to tell.
. EW had their first show on March 1st 2007 and have continued to be a staple of the local scene.
The fall of 2008 saw the band shift their focus and sound to a more minimalist approach, calling on folk and blues influences alike to forge a new identity. Despite re imagining itself as a duo, the band's palette of sound saw a rapid expansion. Milo now plays acoustic guitar, along with mandolin, autoharp, harmonica and banjo. Rainy primarily took over percussion (choosing a stripped down set over a conventional rig), as well as flute, clarinet, bass, accordion, melodica, xylophone, ukulele and backing vocals.
Halfway through a show on 06/07/08, Milo proposed to Rainy onstage at Ralph's in Worcester. She, of course, accepted. Otherwise, it may have made for quite an awkward second half of the set. They were married in September of 2009, in a fun ceremony complete with a kazoo crew belting out "Here Comes the Bride" . They have a home in West Boylston where they live, love, write and rehearse. They have welcomed a sweet dog named Lupe who is their constant companion and patient critic of all their works.
Eye Witness has chosen to explore musical pathways that traditional American folk and blues have carved out for decades. This path has revealed a rich history of American mythology that they are adept at whittling into memorable songs and melodies. Milo's songwriting ruminates on themes of life, death, lost love, deals with the devil at lonely crossroads, delivered with an energy and earnestness that pays homage to the likes of Billy Bragg, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, to name a few. Rainy's presence is felt in every song as she guides and shapes the music with her exhaustive instrumentation which adds creative color where needed. Although the music can arguably be classified as "folk", the band defies strict labels, especially since the music is delivered with the energy of punk and the melancholy of traditional blues. Only the unseen future knows where the band's continuing transformation will take them in terms of music, lyrics and showmanship.