UTG PREMIERE: Variants – “Idle Eyes” (Studio Performance)


The weekend is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like us you’re in need of the perfect soundtrack to help say goodbye to the work week. We don’t make music ourselves, but thanks to the talented men of Variants we have just the record for you.

Today, for the first time in our history, UTG is thrilled to partner with up-and-coming rock act Variants to premiere a video featuring a studio performance of their song “Idle Eyes.” We’re also excited to announce that the band’s debut record, The Concept of Color, is free for a limited time on their Bandcamp. You can view the video, which was filmed and edited by Finis Robinson at Unknown Element Media, below:

Speaking about the decision to create this video, Variants drummer Michael Rivera commented:

“We chose “Idle Eyes” for the live session because it’s the most emotionally expressive song on the album and we felt that would translate best to that type of raw, organic format. It was important to us that you can hear that song live and in the moment while at the same time being able to see how much the track meant to us. Also, The Concept of Color being our first album, a large part of that process was discovering our sound and figuring out how we fit together musically, and we believe “Idle Eyes” is the most accurate precursor of the sounds to come in the future.”

Variants have been promoting The Concept Of Color for nearly a year at this point, and soon they will begin work on their as of yet untitled follow-up. The band has booked studio time with Jay Maas (Title Fight, Transit, Polar Bear Club) at Getaway Recording Studios March 1-13 in Wakefield, MA. They will be touring to and from the studio, but at this time dates for those performances have yet to be revealed. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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