When you read a band’s list of musical influences, you can usually assume you will hear bits and pieces of those artists within their music, and this is true with Of Eyes That See, as their list names Skillet, Breaking Benjamin and Flyleaf, among others, as their influences. Their five-track debut EP, Empty Shadows, mixes heavy drop-tuned guitars with girl-fronted, catchy pop-rock vocals in a way that should have the Southern California three piece making waves nationally very soon. Recorded with Confide drummer Joel Piper, the production value of the record is rather satisfactory, although he could have maintained the continuity of the album and left out his guest vocal spot on the final song, “Serenity,” as it felt forced and out of place.
Seventeen-year-old Tiffany Sinko showcases a soaring set of pipes and some killer melodies to offset the barrage of modern rock sound. Her song structure and music itself, reminiscent of Breaking Benjamin, is very well written and produced, and it will definitely have those listening fully engaged (read: head banging). Despite the lyrics being a fairly elementary read, you can tell she’s being honest with herself and her listeners. This can best be seen in the lyrics to “Damage” when she writes: “I wanna feel something that stays, something more than just my pain / Give me a second chance, and I will prove that I won’t fail.”
Given time to grow in her craft and process, the talented Sinko can be very influential as a player in the rock scene, as well as a role model for many young and aspiring female musicians.