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Chemical Eyes (The August Single)

by Third International

Two songs that, with an electronic swamp blues background create a platform for social comments on two of today's important issues; the debate in global warming causes , and the outright wealth depletion of Middle America.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chemical Eyes
3:58 $1.29
2. Good Friday At Little Rock
4:10 $1.29
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Album Notes
Third International is my project and its purpose is to provide a vehicle for my songwriting. Past releases have featured a variety of very talented musicians. In these two songs however, I decided to go it alone, and here I play all the instruments myself. There is a unique quality in the arrangements that could only come from a single source, and I didn't want to confuse it with multiple interpretations. Instrumentation is different also. The fatness of the bass idea can only be created by a keyboard Moog, and that is the key to the swamp drive engine. Guitars are also different from Entre Las Americas. The Fender is temporarily retired for this recording. Here I use a signature Gretsch sound processed through a Siberian Music Klon Centaur preamp, and then run through a Moogerfooger ring modulator to create the growl of a night in the bayou. Other than the bass though, there is less synthesizer work here than on previous Third International releases. It is also a return to the blues roots of the writer.
A few tidbits: The chord changes to the intro of Chemical Eyes were actually the notes of the tires of a car on a road. I was in a cab on my way to the airport in Chicago, and the driver just kept changing the speed, very rhythmically and repetitively; simply could not hold a constant speed. Anyway, each speed corresponded to a unique pitch of the car tires on the road surface, and there you have it. ( I guess he should get credit but I don't know who he is!) Good Friday at Little Rock was written as a poem in 1996 and won a New York Times award. It was published in The National Library of Poetry's compilation book "Of Moonlight and Wishes" in that year. Inspired by a bleak Easter layover in Little Rock, Arkansas, the view from the hotel window spoke volumes of how the money train that had captivated New York and the big cities was conspicuously absent here. Today's social issues are so similar I felt that it was time for the song to be heard.
Hope you like the music.
Andrew Pearson



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skope mag review 8-31-12
Third International, Chemical Eyes + Bonus
August 31, 2012 | by Skope

I had the pleasure of reviewing Third International’s ‘Entre Las Americas’ back in May for Skope ( and I knew then that this group has got something special. The mastermind behind it all, Andrew Pearson, is back with a single that includes two songs: “Chemical Eyes” and “Good Friday at Little Rock”. This time around Andrew decided to record both tracks on his own while also handling all vocals and instruments. The result is instant success because I feel Third International nailed it on all accounts!
Just as before on ‘Entre Las Americas’ the material is definitely socially & politically conscious except this time around Pearson really wants to open the floodgates of mass communication. What I mean by that is simply for ALL people to not just complain about our problems anymore but actually “Get Up, Stand Up” and have a universal VOICE as ONE! The first single is called “Chemical Eyes” that centers around global warming but really the theme is for each and every person to help by taking direct action toward improving and in the end saving this planet. The song really adds a cool mix of sound and I have to say that vocally, lyrically and musically it made a BIG impact on me. On the next song “Good Friday at Little Rock” you will pick up on some bluesy rock guitar riffs that truly add finesse to the whole picture. This number was actually written as a poem in 1996, which won a New York Times award and was even published in a book of newly recognized American poets that same year! This poem was called “Of Moonlight and Wishes” and now in song form it is “Good Friday at Little Rock”. Andrew Pearson/Third International felt that the timing was perfect for this material to resurface for the good of all mankind.
Speaking in terms of Pearson’s poetic ability, I am highly impressed with how well the songs flow and sound. It feels completely natural from beginning to end and that is exactly how Third International/Andrew Pearson intended it all along. No BS, no lies; just real music with a message and a purpose. But most importantly “Chemical Eyes” and “Good Friday at Little Rock” are meant for YOU to be the VOICE. Third International/Andrew Pearson is ready for change and I’m pretty sure not that fake Obama change that offers absolutely nothing to individuals. Ready…set…GO!!!
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