Bleary Eyed has been around for longer than you realize.
It’s been 9 years at this point, and yet the Philly-by-way-of-D.C. band is just now getting around to releasing their self-titled EP via Born Losers Records. Almost a decade since their inception, and with an extensive discography under their belt, to some it may seem a little strange they would wait this long for an eponymous release, but as frontman Nate Salfi says, there’s just something different about these songs. The most self-assured they’ve ever been, the EP proves that the best things really do take time.
“We knew the new stuff was going to be a little bit better and a little more special,” says Salfi. “It was just a good time getting it together.”
Salfi has always been solely focused on music. Even his earliest memories revolve around it. He started playing around second grade and still can recall formative experiences like buying his first CD (it was American Idiot by Green Day), or attending a summer concert series hosted by Ian MacKaye’s sister Amanda at which his starstruck 10-year-old self would stumble through conversations with his idols in the park. His first band, Black Sparks, was a post-hardcore band influenced by Fugazi and Minor Threat, but he insists he’s “always been a shoegaze kid.”