Eugene Tyler Band
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Eugene Tyler Band

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Country Folk




"Eugene Tyler Band “Young Randy” (Cold Folks Home Records, 2017)"

“Young Randy” is the new album from the Eugene Tyler Band – but who, exactly, are the Eugene Tyler Band?! The review copy of the album came with no accompanying information and no info on the album cover itself, beyond a track listing and the fact that it’s produced by Marc Jaffee for Cold Folks Home Records. Even the band’s own website and Facebook page isn’t particularly forthcoming about the band. It’s possible that they’ve decided to let their music do the talking. If so, it’s a very astute decision, because the music is very good indeed!

It would appear that the Eugene Tyler Band is a duo at its core – Eugene Gardner and Danny Tyler, that they hail from the North East of America, Suffern in New York, and that this is their second album. Not much more information seems readily available but what we have here is a very accomplished recording from some excellent musicians. It’s also a very clever album in its construction, offering an enticing mix of stripped back acoustic tracks, full on rocking numbers and even some very well arranged string section accompaniments on a couple of the songs. The musicianship throughout is so good that it’s particularly frustrating not to be able to identify individual musicians and assign praise where its due – but perhaps that’s what this group is trying to achieve; a band identity rather than single out individual performances. You can clearly here the two different main voices at work but it would be interesting to know who’s playing what, particularly with the guitar work as there’s some really excellent electric guitar playing on tracks like Drank and Good Moon along with top notch acoustic work on opener Clock and other tracks like Birds, which closes Side 1 on the vinyl version.

Stand out track is probably Short Ride, which has already had some sort of release from the album and can be seen on YouTube with a quite engaging video, which looks like it might feature the “Young Randy” the album is named after. This is a good track that really seems to encapsulate the band’s sound; easy going but underpinned with great musicianship. This is one of the tracks that features a string arrangement and it works very well, partly because they don’t over-use it. The track also has a killer abrupt ending. Any DJ giving this track a bit of air time would do well to pay attention all the way through.

One slight complaint is that the lyrics are often hard to hear properly – and this is unfortunate because the bits you can hear sound good; “You ain’t really down until even the dog thinks you’re an asshole” from Even the Dog. A lyric sheet would’ve been a good inclusion. But that’s just a personal preference, the simple fact is that this is a good album by musicians who clearly know what they’re doing. One to watch out for.

Excellent album from an enigmatic band.
8/10 - Americana-UK

"Eugene Tyler Band Captures Energy of Live Shows on New Album, Young Randy"

The Eugene Tyler Band has been on the road for the past two years delivering pure roots rock energy and exceptionally crafted songs to audiences in clubs, breweries, farmers markets and even curbside.

The latest album Young Randy, only available on vinyl (for now), captures the essence and energy of the band’s live show, their undeniable musical chemistry and their ability to craft memorable and timeless songs ranging from mellow, reflective, finger-pickin’ ballads to all out, in-your-face, foot stompin’, gritty Americana.

Songs like Birds build into anthems you could hear large crowds singing in venues or at festivals as well as jammin’ loud and proud on radio stations and popular playlists focused on the roots rock genres.

Even The Dog is an uplifting jam with a delightful melody and humorous hook…

Even the dog thinks you’re an asshole…”

Rattlesnake conjures up desert rock vibes causing me to think of Nick Cave, Jim Morrison and soundtracks from movies like Natural Born Killers.

Good Moon will have you stompin’ your feet, solo’n on your air guitar and hitting repeat for another round with it’s seamless blend of radio-ready, melodic verses and the all out wall of sound that delivers the hook and energetic breakdown.

Every song on this 11 track album stands on it’s own as a solid single but they all come together to form a cohesive piece of work which feels a lot like the Eugene Tyler Band’s live show might feel like if I were to attend one.

Check their website or FB page for tour dates.

The album is currently only on vinyl. Visit the website for more info.

You can watch the video for Short Ride below or subscribe to the band on YouTube. - Middle Tennessee Music


Eugene Tyler Band (2015)

Live in NYC (2016)

Young Randy (2017)

Baby Dogs (2019)



Since 2015, Eugene Tyler Band has grown from a singer-songwriter duo into a high energy multi-instrumental country-bluegrass band. Called “an enigmatic band to watch out for” by AmericanaUK, ETB has been building a grass-roots fanbase around the country, from bluegrass festivals such as Thomas Point Beach to sharing the stage with country icons like Wayne Hancock, Joe Ely, and David Allen Coe.

The band’s newest release, ‘baby dogs’, is a three-song whirlwind of an EP. Longtime partners Eugene Gardner and Danny Tyler weave guitars, mandolin and banjo together with a restless energy, while Marc Jaffee, who also produced the record, rounds out the trio with driving upright bass and vocals.

The songs range from meditative walks in the woods (Rocky) to scathing social commentary (Ain't Enough), as Gardner prods at people's motives, including his own, trying to sift out just how anyone can feel settled in the world around them. With these gritty, irreverent songs, ETB is already taking acoustic music in a new and exciting direction.