Hailing from Charlotte, NC, Two Eyes Open is a pizza-fueled pop-punk act spearheaded by singer/songwriter Dustin Christopher (he/him). The project aims to carry the alternative flag that predecessors like Driveways and Bearings have done so successfully.
2EO has always been about expression, relatability, and open-mindedness, and this shines through in the lyrics. Not afraid to admit fault and insecurities from past relationships and experiences, the words from songs like Lacuna, Inc. and Ode to Newgrounds are bled straight from the heart on 2EO's sleeve. Other topics such as self-worth, reconnection in spite of conflict, and the ongoing fight against racial injustice are also explored within the 2EO catalog.
With the intention of making the project bigger than just himself, Dustin has also collaborated with many contemporaries in the scene, such as Cheer Up Dusty, Win by 2, Passionflower, Underking, and Trent Jeffrey.
The ultimate motivation behind Two Eyes is to marry Dustin's love of art, music, video games, movies -- all of the intercontextual mediums that make us 'human' -- to become an entity that inspires creativity in future generations, the way that so many great acts have done for him.
Latest track "The Ceiling" is an alt-rock/pop punk track inspired by anthemic, riff-oriented bands with roots in grunge and punk, such as Foo Fighters and Sum 41. It was self-produced by singer/songwriter Dustin Parlier out of his bedroom in Charlotte, NC, with tutelage from Andrew Sullivan (who produced his December 2020 single, “Haunt”). Originally written in 2015, “The Ceiling” is finally out there for the world to hear.
The song is about that moment when you’re struggling to sleep and find yourself late at night looking up at your bedroom ceiling. You can't sleep because you're reflecting on a crumbled relationship, and so you're wide awake just watching the ceiling fan spin and spin and spin. You go back in time in your head and conclude that your significant other was not perfect for you; there were signs you should've seen along the way but missed. At the same time, you realize that your ex might be looking up at the ceiling in their bedroom at that very moment and thinking the same thing about you. Though it has a sort of resentful tone to it lyrically, the final word at the end of the song hints that the narrator ultimately misses their ex.