The Pier Magazine – Seattle (Jan. 2008) Album Review: Redeye Empire - The Diary of Everett Miley (29 Records) www.myspace.com/redeye29records Vancouver’s Redeye (Empire) has returned with a slight name change and a new album, The Diary of Everett Miley. Who the hell is Everett Miley you ask? Well after listening to it multiple times I still have no idea. I assume he is a real guy cause he gets thanked in the credits at least. I even googled his name in case it was some famous Canadian guy I never heard of. No luck there either. Anyway back to the music itself. It pretty much rocks. Redeye Empire has delivered an album that is bound to be a consistent crowd pleaser. If anything the band may be accused of trying a little too hard, particularly on tracks like Why Can’t I See You Tonight? The track is so over the top and ‘born for radio’ I am sure that fellow Canadian’s Nickelback would have been jazzed to have written it. However, it’s Redeye Empire’s ability to balance these more commercial (and enjoyable) moments with more restrained songs like the fantastic Babylon and the frenetic ska stylings of Youth be Tough, that make a pretty captivating and well-rounded album. One of the band’s most popular songs from its debut album, Stumble makes a re-recorded return here and is a nice reminder of what a great summer time song it really is. For maximum carefree music effect Redeye Empire has also recruited the busiest producer in 2007 - Chris D (also worked on albums by G Love, Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables and The Movement) to assist on a few tracks, with the most effective results being the previously mentioned Babylon and the funky Walk Away. The Diary Of Everett Miley is probably the first album released during the New Year that is worth checking out and investing that surplus Christmas cash from the grandparents on. The Pier Magazine – USA
Pittsburgh University News (April 21st, 2008) By: Anton Skarl Kick back and relax with Redeye Empire's diary The Diary of Everett Miley Redeye Empire 29 Records Rocks like: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime In this day and age of "go, go, go" and Internet transmissions blazing faster than ever imagined, it's nice to sit back, relax and let the world pass you by from time to time.
For Redeye Empire's latest, The Diary of Everett Miley, you may find yourself wanting to unwind to these mellow beats.
Sounding like the passionate love child of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime, The Diary of Everett Miley does something that many other albums fail to do: it makes you not only listen to the music, but absorb it.
Redeye Empire consists of Gabe Davis and Mike Redmond on vocals and guitar, Eric Stephenson on bass and saxophone, Ben Brown on Keyboards, Ali Siadat on drums and Andre Arsenault on guitar.
Jory Groberman, Pepe Danza, Ryan Naso and Nimish lend their talents as well.
The band itself risks having too many people, but thankfully each member knows how to display his talents without overpowering the group.
The lyrics are anything but the feel-good type, dealing predominantly with anti-war messages akin to those of most punk releases during the Bush administration. But what's different about these lyrics is that they tell a story about how it feels to be anti-war and behind a microphone.
"Through one microphone, we'll struggle on. / We'll not be overthrown. / We'll keep on hustling, bustling till the meter's blown…we'll keep on dishing out licks."
Redeye Empire will be playing alongside Pepper at Mr. Small's Funhouse next Monday, April 28.
Vancouver Province Newspaper (May 27th, 2008) Redeye Empire The Diary of Everett Miley (29 Records) – Album Review There are several Vancouver bands mixing their rock with a heavy dose of reggae -- The Daniel Wesley Band and Critical Element to name two. Redeye Empire is another, but it sounds harder than the others as there is a discernible blues in Wesley and Critical Element is more varied. There is a modern pop awareness in Redeye Empire but there also is an occasional ska influence. The guitars figure prominently and the drums are emphatic, but the band is firmly reggae. It is writing from an understanding rather than just copping a rhythm. This makes for stronger songs. Rating: B - Tom Harrison Other Albums Rated in this article: Usher (B), Tom Petty (C+), Coldplay (B -) http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/etoday/story.html?id=d1d8adf8-0287-451f-b80a-b0de4b4d657c&p=2
University of Toronto Blog (Thursday, May 1st, 2008 ) Redeye Empire at El Mocambo this Saturday With lyrics like “we keep on fighting for a free world”, “enough’s enough, youth be tough”, and “we only care about what’s right for us and what’s right for humanity”, Redeye Empire manages to deliver poignant, socially-conscious messages in a rich concoction of ska, reggae, and rock. That’s why it’s no surprise that Gabe Davis, Mike Redmond, Eric Stephenson, Ben Brown, Andre Arsenault, and Ali Siadat have played to packed crowds throughout Canada and parts of the United States. A personal favourite is “Trippin on Babylon”, with its instantly dance-worthy melody, lyrics, and beats. Another crowd-pleaser is “Blood Right”, perfect for chilling under the summer sun. Experience the catchy, high-energy beats in a casual, laid-back setting at El Mocambo this Saturday night, where they’ll be playing crowd favourites from their latest album, The Diary of Everett Miley. The event will be part of the Toronto Freedom Festival, which is happening this Saturday at Queen’s Park. When: Saturday May 3, Doors: 9:30pm. Redeye Empire - 12am Where: El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue)
Weekly Surge News Show Review – Myrtle Beach, NC (May 8, 2008) PEPPER W/ REDEYE EMPIRE AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES By Ashleey Williamson Pepper has always had this amazing way of finding bands with the hottest contemporary style, roots and reggae dub fashion to pump up the show before they hit the stage. This show was no different. … Iration used its time quite well - nine songs in 30 minutes and nothing seemed too short. RedEye Empire was next. From Canada, eh? By the end of the second song, "Trippin' on Babylon," the crowd was hooked. The boys of the Empire definitely keep the dub style fresh, but incorporate more punk and ska than anything. The pit got started during the third song, "Slow down," which ironically was one of the softer songs, but regardless, those guys know how to rock. The stage presence of every last member of this band was absolutely incredible. They could have been playing the worst music in the world and still had the crowd hyped simply based on their energy on stage. Take some Red Hot Chili Peppers, a dab of Sublime, some 311 and six guys from Canada and you've got yourself one hell of a band. By the time Pepper hit the stage, the floor was packed and fans everywhere were screaming….- Staff Photog
Club Kingsnake Show Review - Austin, Texas (Thurs. April 17th, 2008) Review of Redeye Empire w/ Pepper, Iration, and Supervillains, at Stubbs BBQ Red Eye Empire, next up, is based out of Vancouver, B.C. and despite growing up all that cold rain, these canucks managed to cross roots reggae and rock to make their songs sound sun drenched. With some neat songs in their setlist like "Bloodright" they had more of a buzz and edge than the first two bands, and were more poppy and bouncy. The dual lead vocals passing between Mike Redmond and Gabe Davis gave them a more rounded sound, and the guitar work of Andre Arsenault was fantastic, making me wonder if he was really Carlos Santana trying to disguise himself with a hat. Lots of energy, these guys were a lot of fun and a great way to lead in to Pepper.