“I’m just trying to see the world with new eyes / stop trying to act so appropriate,” sings Jessica Knight, the frontwoman of Springfield, IL-based band Looming. Knight’s ability to seamlessly twist her voice commands the band’s latest track “New Eyes,” which we are pleased to premiere below. When paired with her bass line, Jordan Fein and Mitch Baker’s guitar hooks, and Brandon Carnes’ consistent drumming, however, the song becomes easy listening, indie rock, and relatable, despite it’s personal beginnings.
“‘New Eyes’ was the first song that I wrote by myself,” Knight explains. “It is a bittersweet anthem about moving on and growing, even if it’s hard. It’s about positive change being devastating but necessary because I wrote it during my transition out of a relationship with someone who I respect and care about. It serves as an unapologetic explanation and a driving force for how I want to continue to live my life.”
Knight, Fein, Baker, and Carnes first met in 2012, when they formed Looming as a side project, but it quickly escalated into a passion project. Drawing inspiration from local bands like Park and The Junior Varsity, as well as icons like Sigur Rós and Björk, they self-released a debut EP and are now preparing to release their first full length, Nailbiter, via No Sleep Records.
“Nailbiter is really the product of change and personal inspiration in the midst of self-doubt and societal deprecation,” Knight continues. “It’s lyrically very personal because it’s based on the struggle of finding individuality and true freedom…I think the overall message is that there is hope. You just have to find it.”