Eyedress @ The Louisiana, Bristol, United Kingdom
EYEDRESS - MANILA ICE
EYEDRESS WAS BORN IN THE GHETTO OF MAKATI CITY PHILIPPINES
AT AGE 666 HIS FAMILY RELOCATED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THERE HE GREW UP IN PHOENIX ARIZONA AND SAN CLEMENTE CALIFORNIA
UNTIL HE WAS 15 WHEN HIS FAMILY HAD TO RELOCATE BACK TO MANILA
DUE TO HIS FATHER'S JOB AS AN ANIMATOR
SINCE THEN HE PLAYED FOR THE JAZZ PUNK BAND CALLED BEE EYES
AND GAVE BIRTH TO HIS SOLO VENTURE KNOWN AS EYEDRESS
WHERE HE PRODUCES HIP HOP BEATS SINGS RAPS PLAYS SYNTHS DRUMS GUITARS
SAMPLERS AND ANYTHING ELSE HE CAN GET HIS HANDS ON
HE RELEASED HIS FIRST RECORD IN 2014 TITLED HEARING COLORS
DROPPED AN EP OF SPACED SYNTH AND BASS VIA XL RECORDS
AND NOW PRESENTS MANILA ICE, AN ALBUM OF LOVED UP SONGS
ON WHICH HE PLAYS EVERYTHING & HOLLERS
Eyedress is 26 year old Idris Vicuña from Manila, the Philippines. He presents his debut album proper - Manila Ice - out 12th May via Lex Records.
Manila Ice showcases his unique talent for lovesick composition and songwriting, and his DIY spirit. The album was recorded around the birth of his first child and represents the hopes and fears of a young parent as well as providing him an escape from the realities of his personal life and the dramatic political events unfolding in his home city. He recorded and produced the entire album from his bedroom studio at his parents house - playing lead and rhythm guitar,
bass, synths, samplers, drums alongside singing and rapping.
Eyedress has been supported by Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Huw Stevens, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft, Sinden, Steve Aoki, Ghostpoet, Zed’s Dead & Crookers.
He has previously collaborated with King Krule and supported Mac Demarco, Jungle, Grimes and How To Dress Well. His music is informed by the diverse influences of his early life in
Phoenix, Arizona and San Clemente, California followed by his family’s return to The
Philippines aged 15. Taking to sampling and beat making as much as traditional musicianship, his thirst for expression has seen him turn his unique voice to rap, punk, synth pop and lo-fi
indie styles. On Manila Ice he strips his experimentation back to a more traditional
songwriting, and brings a striking honesty to the narratives which weave through the record.
Eyedress says “I think this album represents everybody in the Philippines. My girlfriend really helped me finish this album. She supported me all the way even when I didn't have shit to give her just to show my appreciation she was there. She just told me to keep going. So this album is for her and our babygirl.”