Many Eyes Tackles Trauma Head-On With “Mystic Cord”

[Cover photo credit to Jena Yannone]

Many Eyes is a band led by Metalcore frontman Keith Buckley who have released their second single “Mystic Cord” along with a video. Co-written by Buckley with band members and multi-instrumentalist brothers, Nick Bellmore and Charlie Bellmore, “Mystic Cord” talks about “tackling trauma head on” and reflects on the idea that “in order to truly overcome the past, we must fully separate ourselves from those that have done us harm.” 

Speaking on the track, Buckley shares:

Lyrically, the song is about untangling ourselves from the traditions that bind us to past trauma. I hoped to express the idea that it’s not enough to just put up a boundary, there has to be the deeper, more difficult work of separating one’s entire life path from the path of those who harm us.

The new visual was created by Jake Johnston (Sleep Token) and 3-D visual artist, Matthew Collamore. For the “Mystic Cord” video, the band called on their fan base to join them “in a pursuit of nostalgia” to assist in creating the new piece. Fans had the opportunity to submit personal photos from their own family archives to encapsulate the vibe when times were “simpler” or just “a trip down memory lane.” Within 48 hours, submissions exceeded thousands of entries and those helped shape the story.

A long and winding road brought Buckley to Many Eyes. As it did for so many of us, the pandemic forced Buckley to look back on his life, and he found himself at the end of the line. He knew something needed to change, so he decided to focus on his mental health, chose sobriety, spent a month in a recovery facility “to learn how to live soberly,” and reorganized his priorities as a father and husband.

When Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta reached out and suggested he consider working with trusted collaborators Nick Bellmore and Charlie Bellmore whose diverse history in bands like Kingdom Of Sorrow, Toxic Holocaust, the three musicians bonded over their shared appreciation for nineties Hard Rock and Alternative music.

The singles and forthcoming new album were recorded at Dexter Lab Recording and mastered by Randy Merrill (Cage The Elephant, Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Muse) at Sterling Sound.

Many Eyes will be heading out on tour next year, opening for Thursday on their 21 year anniversary tour of their album, War All The Time. This will mark the band’s first full U.S. tour and also the first chance for fans to hear the new Many Eyes material live.


Thu, Jan 25 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

Fri, Jan 26 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic

Sat, Jan 27 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

Sun, Jan 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Roxian

Tue, Jan 30 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall

Wed, Jan 31 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Thu, Feb 01 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown

Fri, Feb 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater

Sat, Feb 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

Mon Feb 05 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

Tue, Feb 06 – Portland, OR – Roseland

Thu Feb 08 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

Fri, Feb 09 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall

Sat, Feb 10 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Sun, Feb 11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Nile

Tue, Feb 13 – Austin, TX – Mohawk

Thu, Feb 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits

Fri, Feb 16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

Sat, Feb 17 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham

Sun, Feb 18 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

Tue, Feb 20 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

Wed Feb 21 – Boston, MA – The Paradise

Thu, Feb 22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage

Fri, Feb 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

Sat, Feb 24 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza