Now my old life, the good times and strife / Were swept away with the flood
The storm has passed, but will it last? / That’s between you and me
— From the song Hand In Glove
One Eye Theory’s debut album, GOOD TIMES AND STRIFE, takes its name from a lyric in one of the disc’s 13 songs that explore the bandmember’s struggles, loves, and redemptions.
The five-piece band of songwriters formed in 2008 in a cramped repair shop squeezed between a blue-collar drinker’s bar and a busy set of railroad tracks that run through the city of Columbus, Ohio. The band’s name comes from the myth that you can drive home safely after a night of drinking if you cover one eye to prevent double vision. (Don’t try it).
One Eye Theory worked on its songcraft and live performances by relentlessly gigging for eight years in the capital city’s venues and clubs. Bandmember Luke Kucalaba created a basement recording studio and recorded the band’s album Good Times and Strife, now available on CD and digital download.
Each songwriter brings his own distinct style which is filtered through the group, resulting in diverse styles with a unified sound - whether its straight-ahead-hit-em hard guitar rock (Halfway There), a raunchy funk number (Funky Cookie), or a quiet jazz-influenced ballad (Her). This variation of material is what makes One Eye Theory unique in a scene where bands often seek to repeat themselves.
The five members enjoy the process of building a song, from a few scraps of lyric to a fully-realized rock number, colored by acoustic and electric guitars, trombone, sax, flute, harmonica, piano, and assorted percussion. The band has played at venues across Central Ohio, including Larry’s, Woodland’s, The LC Pavilion (now Express Live!), The Shrunken Head, Hal & Al’s, Rumba Café, Ravari Room, The Summit, The Blue Pickle, Oldfield’s, Ruby Tuesday, Comfest, The Short North Gallery Hop and many other festivals and events.
Themes of despair, escape, inebriation, sobriety, frustration, love and hope are presented with carefully crafted musicianship and raucous rock and roll on GOOD TIMES AND STRIFE.
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