If the collaboration of Krist Novoselic, Bud Gaugh and Curt Kirkwood proves successful, you can just imagine the first clichéd headline: “The ‘Eyes’ Have It!”
Eyes Adrift, an alternative rock all-star trio composed of the former Nirvana bassist, former Sublime/current Long Beach Dub Allstars drummer and Meat Puppets singer/guitarist, wrote and recorded together in Austin, Texas, where Kirkwood resides, throughout December and have taken the dozen or so resulting songs on the road, according to Gaugh’s manager. The group, whose sound draws upon folk and country, began gauging public perception of Eyes Adrift last week in Seattle and Portland, and will wrap up the brief jaunt on February 7 in Austin, where they’ll resume work on their debut. Upon the as-yet-untitled LP’s completion, the band will begin shopping for a label.
The idea for Eyes Adrift came together last summer, after Novoselic saw one of Kirkwood’s solo performances. Gaugh volunteered his services a few days later. This wasn’t Novoselic and Kirkwood’s first introduction, however; the Meat Puppets opened for Nirvana on their 1993 tour supporting In Utero, and the grunge trio played three Meat Puppets songs (“Plateau,” “Oh, Me,” “Lake of Fire”) with Cris and Curt Kirkwood during their 1993 MTV “Unplugged” performance.
Novoselic’s only post-Nirvana musical project to release an album was Sweet 75, which issued its self-titled debut — its sole album — in 1997. He has also been involved with the Joint Artists and Music Promotions Political Action Committee (JAMPAC), the annual Spitfire spoken-word tour, and, most recently, legal battles with Courtney Love over rights to previously unreleased Nirvana material (see “Kurt Cobain’s Mom Rails Against Grohl, Novoselic” ).
Gaugh has recorded two albums with the Long Beach Dub Allstars, 1999’s Right Back and last year’s Wonders of the World. Kirkwood, meanwhile, created the ninth Meat Puppets studio effort, Golden Lies, with three new bandmates in 2000.
Remaining Eyes Adrift tour dates, according to Gaugh’s manager:
- 1/31 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
- 2/1 – Goleta, CA @ Living Room
- 2/2 – Tempe, AZ @ Nita’s Hideaway
- 2/3 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
- 2/5 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
- 2/6 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
- 2/7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s