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  • Writer's pictureJames G.

Nothing "general" about General Eyes

It was a balmy beach weather evening in January outside of Lou’s Blues in Indialantic, Florida. It was even hotter inside as four bands were performing in the final showcase of the Original Music Series sponsored by Brevard Live Magazine. “General Eyes” came out on top. The Cocoa Beach, FL based group was on point as they performed a 45 minute set of their Ska/Reggae/Pop original music.

Tight musically, each member was engulfed in every note, they are as exciting to watch as to listen to. Drummer Dustin Foster showed awesome poise behind the kit. Every strike deliberate and solid as he kept the group in time. Bassist Evan Bernard didn’t stop moving the entire set and never missed a note. On lead guitar was Jake Salter playing with a pick, finger picking and finger tapping through leads with precise technical skills. Lastly, lead singer Mike Burns not only sang beautifully and on key the entire set but played guitar and trumpet as well.

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This band has a unique approach to the ska/reggae genre. Their music has that expected flow and progression of reggae but they add a pop influence as well. The guitar leads add a rock presence while the stops and changes in the songs break up the monotony from what you would expect from the traditional reggae structured songs. Stellar musicianship and smooth vocal harmonies only add to the live experience you get from these 4 guys.

Other bands performing where Jacie And The Knick Knacks, Brother Bean and Coastal Breed. Congratulations to all of these bands for making a mark in Brevard County, Fl and beyond with their original music.

I have to mention the spectators. Upstairs, every seat taken and fans leaning on the three sided rails focused on the musicians. Downstairs, patrons looked up to the suspended 2nd story stage for a unique view of the show and frequently flooded the dance floor. I know these bands appreciate you and encourage you to continue your support.

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